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Champagne Cocktails and Mixed Drinks - Not Just for Toasts
Everyone loves to raise a glass in a nice bubbly toast from time to time. But what to do with the rest of the bottle?
Though most of us do enjoy a good toast, a surprising amount of people aren't exactly huge fans of actually drinking the bubbly. And even for those that do like it, sometimes there's just a bit more than needed to go around.
Surprisingly, champagne is actually pretty versatile drink. So take a look at the following recipes, and never wonder about what to do with all that leftover half a bottle again. You might even want to stock up on some extra!
Agua de Valencia
This recipe is a popular Spanish cocktail, meaning the "water of Valencia." It is usually made with sparkling white wine, but champagne can be substituted, especially a sweeter or less dry champagne.
- 2 shots orange juice
- 1 shot Cointreau
- 1 tsp. sugar
- sparkling wine or champagne
In a champagne flute, mix juice, Cointreau, and suger. Fill to top with champagne, and stir gently. Can also be served in a martini glass, and garnished with orange. Just fill the martini glass a bit lower when you add the champagne, so as not to overwhelm with the flavor.
The traditional recipe calls for pureed peach, but its just as good, and a lot easier, to just use schnapps. An easy classic!
- 6 oz. champagne
- 1 oz. peach schnapps
Mix both ingredients together. Serve, and enjoy!
If you're really feeling ambitious, the traditional recipe is made with one pureed peach. The peach puree is added to the glass first, then the champagne. For optimum bubbling, do not stir.
Sweet but sassy!
- 1 shot vodka
- 1 shot pineapple juice
Mix pineapple juice and vodka in a shaker with crushed ice. Pour into a flute or martini glass. Top with champagne.
This is an orange-flavored drink with a striking blue color. Perfect for those dreaming of a Florida getaway!
- 1 shot Cointreau
- 1 shot blue Curacao
Pour the Cointreau and Curacao in a champagne glass, and fill to the brim with champagne. Garnish with an orange sliver if desired.
For those that don't want to put down their margarita for the toast...
- 1 shot tequila
- 1 shot triple sec
- 1 shot water
- 1/4 tsp. lime juice
- 1/2 tsp. sugar
Put tequila, triple sec, water, lime juice and sugar into a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a champagne glass, and top with champagne. Garnish with lime if desired.
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