Have you ever wanted a drink that screams “celebration”? Well with the New Year just around the corner, it’s time to mix up the Cognac Champagne Cocktail. The name of this libation itself pretty much describes the entire essence of this simple sipper, but trust me, with such minimal ingredients, this is a cocktail that’ll leave you pleasantly surprised.
We start things off with the foundation of this celebratory concoction, cognac. Cognac, a type of brandy from the Cognac region in France, but its not just any brandy. It’s a rich, complex spirit that brings notes of fruit, spice, and a touch of oakiness from its aging process in wooden casks. Imagine a flavor that’s both deep and slightly sweet, with a hint of nuttiness. That’s your cognac!
Next up, we’ve got Grand Marnier. This isn’t just an orange liqueur; it’s a blend of Cognac and distilled essence of bitter orange. Grand Marnier adds a citrusy zing and an extra layer of depth to the drink. It’s like a bridge between the strong, grounded taste of cognac and the bubbly, lighter Prosecco. Plus, it gives the cocktail a subtle sweetness that’s just right.
The final touch is dry Prosecco. This Italian sparkling wine is the life of the party in my household and is the perfect selection of bubbly for this recipe. Its crispness and effervescence lighten the drink, making it more refreshing. Prosecco has this lovely apple and pear-like quality, with a hint of creaminess, balancing the stronger flavors of cognac and Grand Marnier beautifully.
I kept the garnish super simple, a nice lemon peel twist. the oils from the lemon peel add a fresh, zesty aroma that complements the cocktail’s flavors. As you sip, you’ll get that wonderful citrus scent, elevating the entire drinking experience.
Step 1: Add cognac and Grand Marnier directly into the champagne flute.
Step 2: Top off the glass with champagne (or dry prosecco) and garnish.
Why limit this cocktail to New Year’s? Sure, it’s perfect for when the ball drops, but it’s also great for anniversaries, graduations, or any time you feel like adding a bit of elegance to your evening. It’s a drink that says, “This is a special moment”. Next time you’re looking for a drink that’s both luxurious and easy to make, give this one a try.
Here’s to making memories with every sip!