Gaining notoriety centuries ago because of its association with luxury and power, Champagne is the go-to drink for big moments from holidays to major celebratory occasions. Yet bubbly also is versatile, ranging from ultra-dry brut options to demi-sec sweet choices, each contributing its own delicate yet complex flavor profile to cocktails. Whether you’re serving drinks in a Champagne flute or getting creative in Martini glasses, the sparkling sipper enhances almost any cocktail menu. Indeed, with patrons ordering bubbly cocktails at your bar, every moment at your place will turn unforgettable.
Created by James Menite, bartender at Forino in Brooklyn, N.Y.
¾ oz. Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters
3 oz. Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne
¾ oz. Aperol
¾ oz. Cynar
½ oz. pomegranate juice
Candied ginger, for garnish
Combine ingredients except Champagne into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with Champagne and garnish with candied ginger.
Sparkling Spiced Apple
Created by Monin Innovation Beverage Director Angela Thompson.
½ oz. Korbel Brandy
¾ oz. Monin Apple Syrup
¼ oz. Monin Spiced Brown Sugar Syrup
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
3 oz. Korbel Brut
Thin apple slice, for garnish
Combine first four ingredients with ice in a mixing tin and shake. Pour into a chilled Martini glass and top with 3 ounces sparking wine. Stir gently. Garnish with one thin apple slice.
Created by Steve Cox, beverage director at Tribute in Chicago.
1½ oz. Pierre Ferrand Cognaca