If you’re feeling fancy, you need to sip on The Best Champagne Cocktail! Bubbly, crisp champagne is beautifully complimented by a sweet sugar cube, a few dashes of bitters and an aromatic citrus twist. This classic cocktail has been around since the 1800’s, and it’s not hard to see why it’s still popular after all this time!

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The Best Champagne Cocktail

I love having friends over… not just because I love my friends, but because I love having an excuse to pull out all the stops! While it’s always easy to pop open a glass of wine and call it a day, there’s something so magical about the art of entertaining that’s really captured in cocktail recipes like this one.

The champagne cocktail has been around for a while. Since 1862, actually, when the recipe was published in a book called “How to Mix Drinks.” It’s a certified classic recipe! Unlike so many recipes from the past, though, there’s nothing really retro about it. The combination of simple ingredients here is pretty timeless and never goes out of vogue.

Champagne is complimented by sugar, bitters, and a delightful twist of citrus. I love the way that the bitters and sugar beautifully balance each other out! And while the twist of citrus is technically optional, I couldn’t imagine serving this cocktail without it. It creates the most wonderful aromatic element that makes every sip such a delightful experience.


  • Sugar Cube – If you have a hard time finding sugar cubes, you can substitute 1 sugar cube with 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar. With that in mind, do try to find sugar cubes if you can!
  • Angostura Bitters – This spicy, bitter ingredients is tamed by the sugar. The way that the two opposing flavors balance each other out is incredible. Keep in mind that with bitters, a little goes a long way.
  • Champagne – When it comes to champagne (and really all alcohol), quality really does matter. While you don’t need to break the bank with a top shelf bottle, you do want to be selective. Choose the best champagne you can that falls within your budget. Oh, and make sure it’s nice and cold before pouring!
  • Citrus Twist – A lovely little orange twist is an easy, inexpensive way to really elevate this champagne cocktail recipe.

How to Make the Best Champagne Cocktail

Take a sneak peek at just how easy this classic champagne cocktail recipe is! For more info about the ingredient measurements and step by step process, scroll down to the recipe card.

  1. Prepare the sugar. Add a few dashes of bitters to each of your sugar cubes. Remember, you really only need about 2-4 dashes! If you add too much of the bitters it’ll overpower the sugar entirely.
  2. Pour and enjoy! Add the sugar cube to the bottom of a champagne flute. Pour the champagne in, then garnish with a citrus twist. Serve immediately!
Two glasses are garnished with orange twists.

Tips for the Very Best Champagne Cocktail

Before you begin your mixology, take a look at these quick tips!

  • Choose a good champagne. If you buy a super cheap bottle, you’ll be in for heartbreak and a headache! Try to choose a good quality bottle of champagne that you know you’ll like the taste of.
  • Serve it immediately. Champagne should be two things – chilled and bubbly. If you try to make this cocktail ahead of time or wait too long to serve it, it’ll go flat and won’t be enjoyable.
  • Don’t skip the citrus twist. When you twist an orange or lemon peel, the oils on the peel get released and create a lovely, natural aroma. It’s the best (and easiest) way to really elevate this cocktail recipe.
A citrus twist garnishes a glass of champagne cocktail.

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Two glasses are garnished with orange twists.

Get the Recipe: Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Celebrate with a simple yet sophisticated drink. Just a sugar cube, a few dashes of bitters, and topped with your favorite sparkling wine. This simple Champagne Cocktail is the perfect toast to any occasion.
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  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2-4 dashes angostura bitters
  • Champagne, chilled to fill
  • Citrus twist, optional


  • 1 champagne flute


  • Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne glass and coat with the bitters.
  • Fill the glass with champagne and garnish with the citrus twist.
Calories: 25kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 0.04mg, Potassium: 0.1mg, Sugar: 4g, Calcium: 0.04mg