Champagne cocktail

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Champagne cocktail
IBA official cocktail
Champagne cocktail - Portal, Clerkenwell, London (4356768748) (cropped).jpg
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard garnishOrange slice and maraschino cherry
Standard drinkware
Flute Glass.svg
Champagne flute
IBA specified
PreparationAdd 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.
dagger 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] Harry Johnson was one of the bartenders who revved the model by adding other fruit to the mix.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the 1933 pre-Code movie The Keyhole, Glenda Farrell's character orders a "Blue Diamond Fizz" at the ship's bar but changes it to "an ordinary Champagne Cocktail" when the bartender doesn't know what she's talking about. She passes herself off as a wealthy socialite with nothing smaller than a $100, so she and the bartender can con a chivalrous male passenger (Allen Jenkins) into paying for her drinks when he tells her he doesn't have change for a bill that big. Once their target leaves, after getting him to buy many more drinks, she demands her share of the profits from the bartender by reminding him of the total, saying, "C'mon give...20 champagne cocktails at 2 bucks a smash and about 30 bucks in tips - and don't be holding out on me or I'll switch him back to whiskey at half a buck a snort".


  1. ^ Thomas, Jerry (1862). Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide: How to Mix All Kinds of Plain and Fancy Drinks. p. 21. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  2. ^ Simonson, Robert (December 22, 2017). "In Search of the Ultimate Champagne Cocktail". Punch. Retrieved 12 July 2018.