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DharMag August 2016 How to make a perfect cocktail Champagne: recipe, ingredients and history of a legend

Champagne Cocktail original recipe with Champagne Cognac Angostura sugar cherry The Champagne Cocktail is one of those drinks you fall in love at first sip.

The recipe of this historic cocktail is simple, but of an addictive simplicity: you put a sugar cube in a champagne flute, drop two drops of Angostura, add a Cognac shot and then fill with a fall of Champagne.

Observing bubbles slowly fill the glass and exploding in a foam full of hypnotic perfumes is a ritual that never ceases to amaze.

If Champagne alone is a lovely nectar, by adding a sweet touch, a bitter one and the warmth of Cognac, it becomes a small masterpiece. What is lost in finesse and varietal purity is gained in pleasantness.

Cocktail etiquette

Cocktail Champagne ingredients and recipe, best sparkling cocktail recipes The Cocktail Champagne is ideal for brunches, cocktails parties and great events; for a perfect success of of the drink, prepare it in bowls, adjusting the proportions of the ingredients and putting inside abundant orange slices.

Cocktail Champagne ingredients



  • 9 cl of Champagne
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 drops of Angostura
  • 1 cl Cognac
  • orange slice and maraschino cherry for garnish

How to make the perfect Champagne Cocktail

As said before, like all sparkling cocktail it’s better if prepared in large quantities, so do not be stingy.

In a flute put the sugar cube, caress with 2 drops of Angostura, pour 1 cl of Cognac and then fill with Champagne.

Cocktail with Champagne, Cognac and Angostura, Champagne drink recipe Photography By Darin Dines, the king The original recipe prescribes a lemon peel as a garnish, but it’s become common to put a cherry and an orange slice.

Champagne Cocktail’s history

We have info about the drink since the first half of the 1800, and although we don’t know its origin, it has always been considered the most elegant cocktail. Even Mark Twain quotes it in a “sparkling” dialogue of the novel “The Innocents Abroad”.

The first written recipe is found, as usual, in the Bible of cocktails: The Bartender’s Guide by Jerry Thomas.

Champagne Cocktail food pairings

It’s excellent as an aperitif, but also with finger food, pasta with salmon and of course with fish/seafood meals: sushi, oysters and spaghetti with clams.

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