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.
* Champagne cocktail recipe at International Bartenders Association

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.

A recipe for the cocktail appears as early as "Professor" Jerry Thomas' Bon Vivant's Companion (1862), which omits the brandy or cognac and is considered to be the "classic" American version.[1]

Examples of Champagne cocktails being consumed in fiction include the Victor Laszlo and Captain Renault characters in Casablanca (1942), Nora Charles (Myrna Loy) in the Thin Man movies, and General Sternwood in Raymond Chandler's novel The Big Sleep, who requests his with "a third of a glass of brandy under the Champagne and the Champagne cold as Valley Forge. Colder if you can get it."


  1. ^ Thomas, Jerry (1862). Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide: How to Mix All Kinds of Plain and Fancy Drinks. p. 21. Retrieved 5 September 2016.