For a festive holiday drink recipe or to add some sparkle to any happy hour, try this easy Champagne Cocktail recipe. It’s a showy yet remarkably simple low-alcohol cocktail idea.

Three champagne cocktails in a champagne flutes.

Cheers to a festive drink recipe that won’t leave you with a headache tomorrow! Many mixed drink recipes clock in at a high ABV (alcohol by volume). This Champagne Cocktail, in contrast, is essentially dressed-up sparkling wine; naturally one of the least boozy wine options available.

Still festive, beautiful, and tasty yet easy to make and to enjoy, this Champagne Cocktail is destined to become your signature drink recipe. It’s already become mine.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Recipe FAQs
  6. Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for a champagne cocktail.

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Ingredient notes

  • Angostura bitters: This classic cocktail ingredient can be found at many liquor stores, wine shops, large supermarkets, and online.
  • Dry sparkling wine: Yes, even though this is called a “Champagne Cocktail,” it can be made with nearly any sparkling wine that errs on the “brut” (dry) side of the sweetness spectrum. See “Recipe FAQs” below for more about the different varieties of sparkling wine.
  • Starfruit: A lemon twist is the traditional garnish on a Champagne Cocktail, but I love how unique a festive a slice of fresh starfruit looks. Or, substitute an orange twist.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. To the bottom of a champagne flute, add sugar cube. Sprinkle sugar cube with 5 dashes Angostura bitters.
A champagne cocktail being made in a champagne flute.
  1. Top with dry sparkling wine and garnish with a starfruit slice.
A champagne cocktail in a champagne flute.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail. Each full bottle of sparkling wine should yield about 5 cocktails.
  • Glassware: Champagne Cocktails are best prepared in Champagne flutes or other stemmed glassware, such as a coupe glass.
  • Big batch: Champagne cocktails are best prepared individually so the fizz remains fresh. For each bottle of Champagne, you can make about 5 cocktails, so stock up accordingly.
  • Bellini: Omit the sugar cube and bitters and reduce Champagne to 3 ounces. Add 2 ½ ounces peach nectar or juice and garnish with a peach slice.
  • Kir Royale: Omit the sugar cube and bitters and add ½ ounce (1 tbsp) creme de cassis. Garnish with a lemon slice or fresh blackberries.
  • Mimosa: Omit the sugar cube and bitters and reduce Champagne to 3 ounces. Add 3 ounces orange juice and garnish with an orange slice.
Three champagne cocktails in a champagne flutes.

Recipe FAQs

What is Champagne, exactly?

This specific form of sparkling wine is only allowed to be named Champagne with a capitol “C” if the grapes are grown in a specific region in France. It must also be made using the “Methode Traditionelle” of sparkling wine production and can only contain three types of grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meinuer. Champagne with a lowercase “c” is allowed to bend those rules, and as a result, is often more affordable. Spanish Cava and Italian Prosecco are also lovely alternatives if Champagnes fall outside of your budget.

What is good to add to champagne?

If you’re looking for more ways to brighten up your bubbly, consider fresh fruit, fruit juice, or other alcohols. It’s okay to add ice, too (I don’t mind if you don’t).

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A champagne cocktail in a champagne flute.

Champagne Cocktail

For a festive holiday drink recipe or to add some sparkle to any happy hour, try this easy Champagne Cocktail recipe. It's a showy yet remarkably simple low-alcohol cocktail idea.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 min
Total Time 1 min
Servings 1 cocktail
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 142

Ingredients 

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 5 dashes Angostura bitters (see note 1)
  • 5 ounces dry sparkling wine such as Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava (see note 2)
  • 1 slice star fruit or lemon twist, for garnish (see note 3)

Instructions 

  • To the bottom of a champagne flute, add sugar cube. Sprinkle sugar cube with 5 dashes Angostura bitters.
  • Top with dry sparkling wine and garnish with a starfruit slice.

Notes

  1. Angostura bitters: This classic cocktail ingredient can be found at many liquor stores, wine shops, large supermarkets, and online.
  2. Dry sparkling wine: Yes, even though this is called a “Champagne Cocktail,” it can be made with nearly any sparkling wine that errs on the “brut” (dry) side of the sweetness spectrum. See “Recipe FAQs” below for more about the different varieties of sparkling wine.
  3. Starfruit: A lemon twist is the traditional garnish on a Champagne Cocktail, but I love how unique a festive a slice of fresh starfruit looks. Or, substitute an orange twist.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail. Each full bottle of sparkling wine should yield about 5 cocktails.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 268mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 66IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
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