Sparkling Wine Cocktails

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.

The Mimosa is perhaps the best-known of all sparkling wine cocktails. It's 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 Mimosa

The Mimosa

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.

The Kir Royale

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Kir Royale is a popular French café 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.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

More Sparkling Wine Cocktails

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

Pomegranate Sparkler

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Pour the sparkling wine into a Champagne flute, add the pomegranate juice and liqueur and garnish with a few pomegranate arils.
Ginger-Lime Sparkler

Ginger-Lime Sparkler

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Elderflower Sparkler

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Tangerine Sparkler

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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