Cocktail Recipe: Classic Champagne Cocktail

Classic champagne cocktail

A Classic Champagne Cocktail is like a well-tailored suit or little black dress–it’s timeless, unfussy, crowd pleasing, and indisputably chic. Its presence instantly and effortless elevates the atmosphere of any social gathering.

Classic Champagne Cocktail

Yield: 1 serving

1 sugar cube
Cocktail bitters*
5 ounces Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled

Optional garnish
Lemon twist

Champagne cocktail ingredients



  1. To soak a sugar cube with bitters, place the sugar cube on top of the bitters bottle. While holding it in place with your finger, flip the bottle upside down until the sugar cube is saturated.
  2. Drop the saturated sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute or champagne coupe.
  3. Fill the glass with champagne or sparkling wine.
  4. Optionally, garnish the drink with a lemon peel twist.

*The classic recipe calls for Angostura Bitters, but this would also be an excellent place to get creative with any of the dozens and dozens of other bitters flavors on the market. We’ve used Dillon’s Small Batch Pear Cocktail Bitters in this cocktail to great success.


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