Of all the great mixed drinks featuring sparkling wine, the aptly named Champagne Cocktail is the most elegant and classic. Requiring just three ingredients and no shaking or stirring, it's the perfect serve for celebrations. Festive and tasty, the quality to effort ratio here is strong.
More or less an Old Fashioned but made with sparkling wine, cocktail bitters really get to shine here. They add a burst of flavor and spice, but the real joy is watching the jubilant stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass as the wine slowly dissolves the sugar cube.
(Note that classically Aromatic bitters would be called for, but you can use whichever flavor of All The Bitter you like.)
Champagne Cocktail (Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Recipe)
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Low-Alcohol / Zero Proof / Mocktail
1 sugar cube
2 full droppers All The Bitter (any flavor)
5 ounces non-alcoholic sparkling wine
Lemon peel twist garnish
Place sugar cube at the bottom of a Champagne flute and douse it with 2 dashes of your choice of bitters (Aromatic is traditional, but any flavor will work well).
Fill the glass with non-alcoholic sparkling wine, preferably something dry.
Garnish with a lemon twist, expressing the oils over the drink.
Aromatic bitters are the traditional choice for a classic Champagne Cocktail, but our New Orleans or Orange bitters will work wonderfully, as well. Use whichever you prefer!
The drier the sparkling wine used here, the better (unless you prefer very sweet drinks). We absolutely love Noughty Alcohol-Free Sparkling Chardonnay (pictured) from Thomson and Scott in this cocktail, but Surely Non-Alcoholic Sparkling White and Lyre's Classico are also fantastic choices.
MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ALCOHOL
Go halfsies and pour 2.5 ounces of Champagne along with 2.5 ounces of your favorite non-alcoholic sparkling wine. Same taste, but half the alcohol and fewer calories!