Champagne Makeover: 3 Ways to Think Outside the Mimosa

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Champagne and OJ? We don’t get it. Why not doctor up your brunch go-to with flavors that enhance the bubbly, not overpower it? Try these recipes and revamp your coupe.

Champagne cocktail with sugar, lemon twist garnish

Old-School Champagne Cocktail

This baby is a classic. The original calls for Angostura bitters, but we like to riff using all the amazing new bitters flavors on the market.

Brown sugar cube (or white in a pinch)
Champagne
Bitters to taste
Lemon twist

Add brown sugar cube to glass, fill with champagne. Add bitters and garnish with zest.

 

The Hemingway (aka Death in the Afternoon)

We love these for fueling our inspiration.

1 ounce absinthe
4 ounces champagne

Pour absinthe into a flute, fill the rest with champagne. Adjust ratios to taste.

 

Updated French 75

Even though this mainstay only features four ingredients — gin, simple syrup, champagne and lemon juice — you can play with flavor by swapping out gins or using flavor-infused simple syrups.

Here’s the basic rundown:

1 ounce gin
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
Champagne
Lemon twist to garnish

Combine gin, simple syrup and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a coupe or flute. Top with champagne and garnish with a twist.

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