While we’ll take our Champagne straight anytime, we won't say no to a glass of bubbly doubled up with extra booze, plus some deliciously refreshing mixers. From a super-luxe spin on a French 75 to an extra-potent vodka and sparkling-wine drink, here are seven must-try Champagne cocktails we're loving at bars lately, including a recipe for a Dallas bar's fabulous Pink Diamonds drink.
Where: La Folie Bistro, Baltimore
What: Vodka, lemon, sparkling rosé, oleo saccharum.
How: This drink combines pink bubbly with a lemony pop thanks to the oleo saccharum, a citrusy syrup that adds brightness to the sparkling cocktail. Photo courtesy of La Folie Bistro.
Death in New York
Where: Society Lounge, Cleveland
What: Bourbon, lemon juice, turbinado syrup, pomegranate grenadine, absinthe, Champagne.
How: What's up with this drink's name? Society Lounge owner-operator Joseph Fredrickson says “Originally, I used Cleveland Whiskey, and called it 'Death to New York'. But by the time it hit the menu, I changed it." Photo by Brittany Dobish.
Where: Fizz Lounge, Las Vegas
What: Grand Marnier Quintessence, Hennessy Richard Cognac, fresh lemon juice, rose syrup, egg whites, Dom Perignon Rosé Champagne, a rose petal dusted with 24-karat gold flakes.
How: At $2,500, this cocktail, a super-luxe twist on a French 75, might be pricier than your rent. “Las Vegas is sensory overload: We all want a sip of it,” Fizz Lounge's Joey Pintozzi tells The Feast. Who is willing to pay for this thing? Perhaps any number of celebrity guests who've stopped by the swank lounge, including Sir Elton John, David Spade, Channing Tatum and Katy Perry. Photo courtesy of Fizz Lounge.
Where: The Sun Dial, Atlanta
What: Champagne, vodka, limoncello, amaretto.
How: The refreshing drink at the Atlanta restaurant, which has seen the likes of Janet Jackson, Ray Charles, Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, and James Brown walk through the door over the years, is named for Atlanta native and Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell. “It’s part of a Sun Dial cocktail series honoring influential Atlanta women,” says senior manager Alp Arman. Photo courtesy of The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View.
Ice Queen Vodka
Where: Virtu Honest Craft, Scottsdale
What: Vodka, rhubarb liqueur, strawberry-white balsamic shrub, fresh lemon juice, fresh ground black pepper, Champagne foam.
How: A cloud of Champagne foam and a dusting of spicy black pepper add intrigue to the extra-fruity cocktail at this intimate restaurant. Photo courtesy of Awe Collective.
Where: Bagatelle, New York City
What: Vodka, lychee, raspberry, elderflower, Champagne.
How: You've got to love sweet cocktails to enjoy the extra-fruity drink at this French hangout, but check out that gorgeous pink color. Photo courtesy of nicolaslouisparis/ Instagram.
Where: The People’s Last Stand, Dallas
What: Gin, lemon juice, simple, champagne, blueberry lavender shrub
How: The craft cocktail den serves a rotating menu of inventive cocktails like this one, which features a flavorful touch of blueberry and lavender via a bracing sweet-and-sour shrub. Photo courtesy of The People’s Last Stand.
Pink Diamonds recipe:
1 oz gin (the bar uses Dripping Springs)
1/2 oz D & D Blueberry Lavender Shrub (buy online or see recipe below)
1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz Simple syrup (combine equal parts sugar and water; boil until the sugar dissolves, then let cool.)
Champagne (enough to top off the drink)
Shake and stir all ingredients, then top with Champagne. Serve in a champagne flute with a garnish of blueberries and a lemon peel. Want to make your own blueberry-lavender shrub? Here's a recipe.
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