The Weekend Cocktail: Celebrate the French Way

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gwen-upper110x110BY GWEN KENNEALLY

In honor of Bastille Day this past week, we celebrate the French. Champagne is one of the greatest gifts that came from that region. Napa and Sonoma have Sparkling Wine, Spain has Cava and Italy has Prosecco. All have their own distinct flavor and can work equally well with these champagne cocktail classics. Any sparkling beverage just does better in a fancy glass, so if you don’t want the alcohol just celebrate in style with a sparkling juice or water.

The Champagne Cocktail


One of the oldest known cocktails and one that has kept the same name over the years.

8 ounces Champagne

1 sugar cube

Dash bitters

Soak the sugar cube in the bitters for a few seconds. Put the cube into the bottom of a flute glass, and then pour the Champagne over it. Garnish with a lemon twist.


2 ounces Orange Juice

6 ounces Champagne

In a tall flute glass, pour first the Orange Juice, then the Champagne. The Champagne with its alcohol is thicker and will mix down into the OJ. Do not stir – you’ll lose the bubbles!

Champagne Bellini

8 ounces Champagne

1 peach, pureed

Puree one fresh peach, and put into a tall flute glass. (You can use 1 ounce peach schnapps instead) Add in Champagne. Do not stir; this would destroy all of the bubbles.

Gwen Kenneally is the owner of Back to the Kitchen, Full Service Catering and Party Planning. Check out her website and blog and She wrote for the Sun Community Newspapers.

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