Champagne Cocktail – Make This Classic 1862 Recipe

Champagne Cocktail
Champagne Cocktail

The History Of The Champagne Cocktail.

Cocktails are very much an American thing as a cocktail like this would never exist in France or Italy. They would be arrested if someone added a raw sugar cube, bitters, and a lemon peel to champagne. On a side note, the British are big into cocktails and have made an equal contribution to the field, but they were introduced to making them by Americans. William Tarling, one of the first presidents of the UKBG back in the 1930s, cites Jerry Thomas as having introduced the British to American saloon-style drinks with his 1859 UK cocktail exhibit. William Tarling wrote that Jerry Thomas used solid silver tools valued at 1000 pounds in 1850 or a little over 100,000 today, but back to my point.

The champagne cocktail was most likely invented by Jerry Thomas and is used as a way to add a bit extra presentation to champagne for toasting. The bitters provide a nice earthy and herbal element to the cocktail, but the sugar cube doesn’t add much sweetness. The most significant contribution of the sugar cube is to give the carbonation in the Champagne a surface to atomize onto and make the drink an overwhelming display of carbonation. Like dropping a Mentos into a bottle of coke. Flavor-wise the lemon peel adds a nice lemon flavor, and if you express it over the top, it coats the top of the glass with a beautiful lemon smell and taste. If you’re looking for a simple way to elevate your presentation during a toast, the champagne cocktail is a fun one to try.

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Champagne Cocktail

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

334

kcal
ABV

10%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a Champagne Cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 5 oz Sparkling Wine

  • 1 Sugar Cube

  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Directions

  • Dash the sugar cube with angostura bitters turning a brownish red color and place it into a champagne glass.
  • Pour sparkling wine into a champagne flute.
  • Garnish with an expressed lemon peel.

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Mimosa – Make The Classic Ritz Hotel Paris Recipe

Mimosa
Mimosa

The story goes that this was invented in 1925 by Frank Meier at the Ritz Hotel in Paris. This drink is most commonly known as a famous brunch cocktail. My word of caution about mimosas is that these give the absolute WORST hangovers.

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Mimosa

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Course: DrinksCuisine: French
Servings

1

servings
Calories

248

kcal
ABV

5%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the a classic Mimosa.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 oz Orange Juice

  • 2.5 oz Sparkling Wine

Directions

  • Simply combine the ingredients in the serving glass.

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Bellini Cocktail – Make Guiseppe Cipriani Classic Peach Cocktail

Bellini
Bellini

What Is The History Of The Bellini?

The Bellini was invented during World War 2 in Venice, Italy, by Guiseppe Cipriani. The Bellini is named after Giovanni Bellini, a famous Venetian Renaissance painter with well-known work in Venice, where the cocktail was invented.

What Is The Difference Between The Mimosa And The Bellini?

The Mimosa was invented in 1925 at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France, by Frank Meier. Even though the Bellini was created 15 years after the mimosa, it is unclear if the Mimosa inspired this Italian cocktail. They are very similar cocktails, but the peach juice and orange juice give each cocktail very different flavors. A Mimosa is more acidic and fresh tasting with a drier, thinner body, while the Bellini is sweeter with a slightly thicker nectar taste and fuller body mouth feel. This is not a fair comparison, but I would liken it to comparing a white to red wine. White is like the Mimosa, and red is like the Bellini.

The Bellini is a beautiful sparkling wine cocktail and perfect for brunch. Unlike the mimosa, though, I feel the Bellini also works well for an evening cocktail. It’s thicker, more nectar-like taste and mouthfeel lends itself well to a nice before or after-dinner drink. If you have only had a Bellini for brunch, try making one in the evening and see how versatile this cocktail can be.

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Bellini Cocktail

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Italian
Servings

1

servings
Calories

300

kcal
ABV

17%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the a classic Bellini.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Peach Juice

  • 4 oz Sparkling Wine

Directions

  • Simply combine the ingredients in the serving glass.

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Kir Royale – Make This Delicious Currant Liqueur Cocktail

Kir Royale
Kir Royale

The fancy version of the Kir (same cocktail but use a dry white wine instead of champagne), the Kir Royale is a beautiful and fruity champagne cocktail. I recommend using as dry of champagne as possible because the creme de cassis is already really sweet, and if you start with sweet champagne, then it’s just a bit too much, and you lose the other flavors. The dryer the wine, the better.

The Kir is named after the Catholic priest Félix Kir, a Nazi resistance fighter in the Dijon region during WWII. Félix Kir is credited with helping around 5,000 POWs escape during the war. After the war ended, he was elected mayor of Dijon, where he stayed for 23 years till his death in 1968.

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Kir Royale

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Course: DrinksCuisine: French
Servings

1

servings
Calories

251

kcal
ABV

12%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the a classic Kir Royale.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Black Currant Liqueur

  • 3 oz Sparkling Wine

Directions

  • Simply combine the ingredients in the serving glass.

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Aperol Spritz – Make This Delicious Refreshing Venetian Cocktail

Aperol Spritz
Aperol Spritz

History Of The Spritz.

The Spritz originated in the Veneto region of Italy in the mid-19th century. After the Napoleonic Wars (1803 to 1815), the Veneto region was annexed by the Austrian Empire, which it stayed with till it joined the Kingdom of Italy in 1866. During the annexation, Austrian soldiers occupied the region and found the local wine too alcohol for their liking. The soldiers would add a splash of water to bring the ABV down to levels more similar to beer. Wine served this way was referred to as a spritz, the german word for a splash. Eventually, wines would be spritzed with soda water and even Prosecco. The spritz cocktail structure is always:

  • 2 oz (60 mLs) wine or apperitif
  • 1 oz (30 mLs) soda water
  • 3 oz (90 mls) prosecco

As you can see, there can be many different kinds of spritz cocktails. Any wine or aperitif can be used as the base. When ordering in English, the base is mentioned before the word spritz. A spritz with Aperol is an Aperol Spritz, or one with Cynar is Cynar Spritz, Campari Spritz, Pinot Grigio Spritz, Chardonnay Spritz, etc. If ordering in Italy, reverse it and say the base after the word spritz.

What Does The Aperol Spritz Taste Like?

The Aperol Spritz is a wonderfully refreshing and flavorful drink. The mild herbal and medicinal flavors of the Aperol blend wonderfully with the prosecco, and the soda water cuts the strength just enough not to make the drink feel boozy.

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Aperol Spritz

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Italian
Servings

1

servings
Calories

267

kcal
ABV

8%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Spritz.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Aperol

  • 1 oz Soda Water

  • 3 oz Sparkling Wine

Directions

  • Simply combine the ingredients in the serving glass with ice.

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French 75 – Make This Amazing 1928 Judge Jr. Classic Recipe

French 75 Cocktail
French 75 Cocktail

The French 75 cocktail was named after the WWI French 75mm light field canon, and is both a strong and easy to sip cocktail. The French 75 has an alcohol by volume of around 15%. The first publication of this cocktail was in the 1928 book “Here’s How!” by Judge Jr. His recipe is as follows: 2 jiggers of Gordon water; 1 part of lemon juice; a spoonful of powdered sugar; cracked ice. Fill up the rest of a tall glass with champagne! Think of it like a John Collins but made with Champagne instead of soda water. This was initially served as a highball style cocktail with ice, but it is more common to see it served today more elegantly in a Champagne flute without ice. There is an earlier reference to a cocktail called the “75” in Harry MacElhone’s 1922 book “The ABCs of Mixing Cocktails,” but that was a completely different drink that contained brandy, grenadine, and absinthe, which resembled more of the Monkey Gland cocktail than a French 75.

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French 75

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Servings

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Calories

609

kcal
ABV

15%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the French 75.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1 oz Simple Syrup

  • 2 oz Dry Gin

  • 5 oz Sparkling Wine

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the sparkling wine in a shaker with ice.
  • Gently throw the drink between the two shaking tins so it will chill without over diluting.
  • Pour into the serving glass.
  • Lastly, gently pour the sparkling wine into the glass so it evenly mix with the other ingredients and keeps as much of its carbonation as possible.

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Black Velvet – Make The Classic 1861 British Mourning Cocktail

Black Velvet Cocktail
Black Velvet Cocktail

The Black Velvet was invented in 1861 to mourn the death of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. The black color symbolizes grieving for the dead and Champagne because he was the queen’s husband damnit. Queen Victoria was so heartbroken by his death that she only wore black for the rest of her life from that point on. When I told my wife that when I pass, I want a recreation of Tim Finnegans wake or to be turned into a marionette puppet, I doubt she will honor either wish, but she might serve black velvets, and I that would be good enough.

Personally, I only really like brut and extra brut sparkling wine, but a Sec is perfect for this cocktail. It ends up tasting almost like a Coca-Cola but better. Brut is good too, but the slight extra sweetness of the sec is nice. But that’s just me; my wife likes the drier taste of the brut better.

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Black Velvet

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

235

kcal
ABV

7%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the classic Black Velvet cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Guinness

  • 3 oz Sparkling Wine

Directions

  • Simply combine the ingredients in a chilled serving glass.

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