Champagne cocktail

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Champagne cocktail
IBA Official Cocktail
Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served Straight up; without ice
Standard garnish

Orange slice and maraschino cherry

Standard drinkware
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Champagne flute
IBA specified ingredients*
Preparation Add dash of Angostura bitter onto sugar cube and drop it into champagne flute. Add cognac followed by gently pouring chilled champagne. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.

A champagne cocktail is an alcoholic drink made with sugar, Angostura bitters, champagne, brandy and a maraschino cherry as a garnish. It is one of the IBA Official Cocktails.

In history[edit]

A historical reference for the cocktail is in "Professor" Jerry Thomas' book Bon Vivant's Companion, in 1862. This recipe omits the brandy or cognac and is considered to be the "classic" American version.

In popular culture[edit]

Victor Laszlo and Captain Renault both order champagne cocktails in the 1942 movie Casablanca.

Nora Charles (Myrna Loy) orders champagne cocktails regularly in the Thin Man movies.

General Sternwood describes his favorite drink - a champagne cocktail with "a third of a glass of brandy under the Champagne and the Champagne cold as Valley Forge. Colder if you can get it colder" in Raymond Chandler's novel The Big Sleep.

In the 1944 exploitation film I Accuse My Parents, Jim "Jimmy" Wilson (Robert Lowell), although under-age, visits a nightclub and orders TWO champagne cocktails, which elicits an eye-roll from the waiter as he turns from the table.

In the 1948 movie "The Red Shoes", the two main characters, the ballerina and the ballet director, meet at a party drinks table when they both order champagne cocktails, and give each other the eye.

In 1956 film "While The City Sleeps", the character Mildred Donner played by Ida Lupino, ordered for a champagne cocktail in a bar scene.

In the 1957 film An Affair to Remember, Deborah Kerr's character asks for a champagne cocktail—with pink champagne—at the bar on board the ship she is traveling on along with Cary Grant's character. The bartender makes two—one for her, and one (apparently already ordered a moment before) for Cary Grant's character. It is a comedic moment, since the two of them are trying hard to hide their shipboard romance from the other passengers and crew.

In 1959 (Season 10 Episode 4) of The Jack Benny Program, Jimmy Stewart orders champagne cocktails for himself and his wife while celebrating their anniversary.

In the Woody Allen film Match Point, Emily Mortimer orders a champagne cocktail at a restaurant with Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

The Francis Ford Coppola-Mario Puzo film The Godfather Part II has the following exchange:

Frank Pentangeli: "Michael, you're sitting high up in the Sierra mountains. And you're drinkin'—uh, what's he drinkin'?"

Willie Cicci: "Champagne."

Frank Pentangeli: "Champagne, uh, champagne cocktails—and you're passing judgment on how I run my family?!"

In the 1999 film Blast from the Past, the main character asks for a champagne cocktail and gets a response of, "I thought only hookers drank those", and he responds with "I know mom loves them."