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Champagne Cocktail, Swank #22

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Champagne Cocktail

The Champagne Cocktail is cocktail number 22 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.

Champagne Cocktail history

One only has to browse through a few old cocktail recipe books to realize the enduring popularity of Champagne cocktails.

In Jerry Thomas’ How to Mix Drinks, The Bon-vivant’s Companion, published in 1862, numerous Champagne cocktail variations appear, including this version of a classic Champagne Cocktail.

Jerry Thomas, How to Mix Drinks, The Bon-vivant’s Companion (New York : Dick & Fitzgerlad, 1862), p. 50, no. 110, Champagne Cocktail.
Jerry Thomas, How to Mix Drinks, The Bon-vivant’s Companion (New York : Dick & Fitzgerald, 1862), p. 50, no. 110, Champagne Cocktail.

Champagne Cocktail recipe

Champagne Cocktail recipe
Champagne Cocktail recipe

1 lump sugar in Champagne glass. 1 dash Angostura Bitters. Add Orange and Lemon twist and fill with iced Champagne. Muddle.

Ingredients used:

  • Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Sugar
  • Lemon twist
  • Orange twist

Champagne Cocktail review

Our ratings (1-5 🍸) Rating scale

Greg: 🍸🍸🍸
Kim: 🍸🍸🍸

Why only a 3 rating for the Champagne Cocktail? If we were rating the Champagne, then we’d have gone with a 5. However, we felt the addition of sugar and bitters didn’t add anything to the drink, and really just weakened it, leaving us wishing we’d simply sipped the Champagne.

We selected a favorite Champagne, Nicolas Feuillatte, for the drink. We were fortunate to visit Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte a few years ago when we were living in Paris and took the train out for the day to tour and taste at the winery, followed by lunch in Epernay.

Next up… Cocktail #23, Claret Cobbler

Swank Cocktail Guide: 80 cocktails in 80 days

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