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Champagne cocktails are always popular with wedding guests, adding that air of decadence and are ideal served from a champagne bar during pre-reception drinks.

We've pulled together a few favourite champagne cocktail ideas below, but feel free to channel your inner bartender and create your own signature blend to celebrate the day.

 

Champagne Cocktail Basics

  • Always served champagne well chilled.
  • Chill the champagne flute ahead of time.
  • Pour small amounts of champagne into the flute until the glass is full to prevent 'foam over'.
  • Unless a recipe states, never shake or stir a champagne cocktail you will lose the most important part - the bubbles!!
  • Don't use cheap sparkling for cocktails. Good ingredients make a good drink.
  • If it's a vintage Champagne, leave the strawberry garnish and drink it straight. There is no better pre-reception drink at a formal wedding than a bottle of fine vintage Champagne.

 


Champagne Cocktails For Weddings

The Champagne Cocktail

This classic champagne cocktail comes from the Metropolitan Hotel, New York City, first served circa 1935.

Pour champagne over a sugar cube topped with bitters and an optional splash of cognac.
Soak sugar cube with a couple of splashes of Angostura bitters and place in the bottom of a large champagne flute, slowly pour over champagne.

Wedding Colours : Pink, orange, yellow, red

Bellini

The most famous of champagne cocktails, the classic Bellini was first served at Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy in 1931.

Champagne with a dash of peach nectar, or a Bombay version for a Bollywood theme with mango instead of peach

Wedding Colours : pale peach, great for pastels themed weddings.

Kiss

1 drop Angostura Bitters, 1 sugar cube, 1 splash Campari, champagne

Add one drop of bitters to the sugar cube and place in the bottom of a champagne flute.
Add a splash of Campari, and then fill it up with champagne.

Wedding Colours : Orange, red, pink

Kir Royale

A little 70's and very very French. Creme de Cassis, a black current liqueur, was created in France by monks,and was originally thought to cure "wretchedness".

Add a dash of Crème de Cassis liqueur to champagne and garnish with a curl of lemon zest

Wedding Colours : Red, pink, purples

Mimosa

Perfect for wedding brunches, wedding lunches or kitchen teas.

Champagne, 1 shot of freshly squeezed orange juice.
Pour champagne into a champagne glass, add a splash of freshly squeezed orange juice and add small orange wedge or slice for garnish. For a variation, substitute the orange juice with mandarin, guava juice.

Wedding Colours : Orange, yellow

Poire William

A perfect champagne cocktail for Autumn weddings.

1/2 shot pear brandy, 1/2 chopped pear, Champagne
Shake pear brandy and pear in a shaker with ice, and strain into a Champagne flute. Add Champagne to fill.

Wedding Colours : Gold, yellow

Armagnac Champagne Cocktail

A celebration of friendship and chivalry.

1/2 shot Armagnac, 1/2 shot Grand Marnier, 1 shot orange juice, 1/2 tsp sugar syrup, champagne

Put first four ingredients into a champagne flute. Fill with champagne. Garnish with an orange twist if desired.

Wedding Colours : Gold

Grand Champagne

1 shot Grand Marnier, champagne
Pour the Grand Marnier into the bottom of a champagne flute. Fill with Champagne.

Wedding Colours : Gold, pink, red

Snow White

For a truely white wedding you might want to serve your wedding guests a white champagne cocktail.

Pour champagne then add a splash of Nigori-zake (a sake that gives the champagne cocktail it's white colour)

Wedding Colours : White, silver

Something Blue

Need a 'something blue' for your wedding day, who said it couldn't be cocktail?

Add a small dash of Blue Curacao to champagne

Wedding Colours : Blue

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