Sparkling Wine Cocktails

Sparkling Wine Cocktails: Twelve easy-to-make cocktails featuring sparkling wine and a variety of flavored liqueurs and juices.

Sparkling wine cocktails are a great choice to serve at a casual brunch or as an aperitif at a dinner party. They're easy to make, not overly strong and can accommodate a wide range of flavors. Here are a couple of classic recipes to get you started, as well as a variety of flavor combinations to spark your creativity.

Classic Sparklers: The Mimosa & The Kir Royale

Perhaps the best-known of all sparkling wine cocktails, The Mimosa is a light, refreshing favorite commonly served at daytime get-togethers like brunches, luncheons and bridal showers.

Although it may seem like a mundane choice, good quality ingredients like fresh squeezed orange juice and a nice dry sparkling wine are what make the Mimosa so popular.

The Kir Royale is a popular French cafĂ© cocktail named for Félix Kir, the mayor of Dijon from 1945 to 1968. A variation that uses raspberry liqueur in place of the blackcurrant is call Kir Impérial.

  • The Mimosa
  • 1 bottle (750ml) dry sparkling wine or Champagne
  • 6 tablespoons orange liqueur (e.g. triple sec, Grand Marnier)
  • 12 ounces orange juice (fresh squeezed if possible)
  • Orange slice for garnish

Fill each Champagne flute with 4 ounces of sparkling wine, then add 1 tablespoon orange liqueur and 2 ounces of orange juice and garnish each with a slice of orange.

Makes 6 servings

The Kir Royale

1 ounce crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur)
4 ounces chilled sparkling wine

Pour the crème de cassis into a Champagne flute, top with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

Makes 1 serving

Making Sparkling Wine Cocktails: Flavor Variations

The basic formula for making sparkling wine cocktails is very simple. Start with about 4 ounces of your favorite bubbly, add 2 to 2-1/2 ounces of juice, liqueur or a combination of the two and garnish as desired. Below you'll find a few combinations to get your creativity flowing.

  • Pomegranate Sparkler
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 ounce pomegranate liqueur
  • Pomegranate arils for garnish

Pour the sparkling wine into a Champagne flute, add the pomegranate juice and liqueur and garnish with a few pomegranate arils.

Makes 1 serving

  • Ginger-Lime Sparkler
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1-1/2 ounces Domain de Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • Lime peel twist

Pour the sparkling wine into a Champagne flute, add the lime juice and ginger liqueur and garnish with a lime peel twist.

Makes 1 serving

  • Elderflower Sparkler
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine
  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur
  • Grapefruit peel twist

Pour the sparkling wine into a Champagne flute, add the grapefruit juice and elderflower liqueur and garnish with a grapefruit peel twist.

Makes 1 serving

  • Tangerine Sparkler
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine
  • 2 ounces tangerine juice
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • Maraschino cherry

Place the maraschino cherry in the bottom of a Champagne flute. Add the sparkling wine, tangerine juice and maraschino liqueur.

Makes 1 serving

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Happy new year Lynn and Erika - may 2014 be festive and bright! Thanks for all the great recipes!

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