Wedding Bubbly Ideas
Wedding Bubbly Ideas
Champagne Cocktail Recipes
Champagne and weddings simply go together. But while champagne is good in and of itself, mixing together in cocktails can take your wedding reception to the next level. Here are a few good, easy champagne cocktail recipes for your wedding:
This is really the traditional champagne cocktail. And it’s one that can be easily made even if you’re not hiring a professional bartender, as it’s really just tapping into the traditional elements of a cocktail (a citrus and sweetener) to add a little bit more depth to your champagne.
Recipe: The champagne cocktail recipe simply calls for champagne, a couple dashes of bitters (Angostura or Peychaud’s), a sugar cube, and lemon twist. You’ll simply place the sugar cube in a champagne flute and wet with a couple dashes of bitters, pour in the champagne, and squezze a lemon twist over top of it for garnish. And that’s it!
The French 75 is one of the oldest champagne cocktails, dating back to World War I, named after the French canon by the same name. While the traditional recipe calls for champagne, if you don’t want to spend your entire wedding reception budget on champagne, cava is a great alternative.
Recipe: The French 75 calls for champagne, gin, simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water), and fresh lemon juice. To make it, you’ll add 3 ounces gin, 2 ounces simple syrup, and .75 ounces of fresh lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain it into a champagne flute and top with champagne.
For all of the joys of a champagne cocktail, but without a lot of the work, this sparkling sangria is a great cocktail for your wedding. A lot of sparkling sangria recipes exist, but typically it’s going to involve a lot of champagne combined with citrus and some fresh fruit. This particular recipe is a variation of a sparkling sangria by Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network.
Recipe: To make this sparkling sangria, you’ll need a bottle of champagne, one cup of simple syrup, a half cup of orange juice, several pieces of fresh mint, a sliced lime, sliced lemon, and slices of strawberries. Add the mint to the bottom of a pitcher and crush before adding the rest of the ingredients. Stir it until well combined. You may use more or less sugar based on taste.
The Air Mail cocktail came just a few decades after the advent of air travel (and therefore airmail), first appearing in Esquire’s 1949 edition of Handbook for Hosts. It’s since become a popular champagne cocktail, and what you could say is the Caribbean’s version of the French 75, featuring rum, rather than gin, and lime rather than lemon.
Recipe: The Air Mail cocktail calls for two ounces of gold rum, a half-ounce of lime juice, one teaspoon of honey, and five ounces of champagne. You’ll add everything (except the champagne) to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top with champagne.
Lastly, there’s the Blackberry Fizz, one of my own champagne cocktail concoctions, which you could largely make with other types of berries, including raspberries. It’s refreshing, fruity, and makes for a great summer wedding cocktail thanks to fresh blackberries.
Recipe: The Blackberry Fizz champagne cocktail requires two ounces of gin, .75 ounces of agave, .75 ounces of lime juice, several muddled blackberries, and of course champagne. You’ll first muddle the blackberries in a cocktail shaker to release the juice before adding the gin, lime, agave, and ice and shaking. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top with champagne. This, too, is easy to make in big batches.