5 Champagne Cocktails Perfect for Virtual Happy Hour

champagne happy hour

Take your glass of bubbly to another level with one of these refreshing champagne cocktail recipes. 

Over the past few weeks of social distancing, people have found creative ways to keep in touch with family, friends and colleagues using online video conferencing platforms like Zoom, Google Duo, and Skype. Thousands of brides and grooms-to-be have planned virtual bridal showers, engagement parties, and Happy Hours to keep the celebration of their love in motion. What is one thing that these types of celebrations all have in common? Champagne.

Since the 18th century, Champagne has become the drink of choice for any special occasion. There are six main styles of Champagne to choose from, we recommend selecting a Brut Champagne (Veuve Clicquot, Korbel), as it’s not too sweet for these 5 cocktail recipes. From there, we’ll leave the rest of the virtual party planning to you. 

Get ready to pop some bottles. 

Sparkling French Martini

French Martini

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • .5 oz Chambord Liqueur
  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • .5 oz Brut Champagne or Sparkling Wine
  • Raspberry or lemon twist to garnish
  • Handful of ice

Directions

Pour the Chambord, vodka, and pineapple juice in a shaker. Then add ice and shake briskly.  Next strain into a chilled martini glass. To finish this version off,  top each glass with a bit of cold champagne and a raspberry or lemon twist. For an added touch, sugar half the rim of the glass.

Grand Royal

Grand Royal
Photo courtesy of Moet

Ingredients

  •  3/4 parts Grand Marnier
  •  4 parts Champagne

Directions

Pour Grand Marnier to fill 3/4 of a champagne flute. Then top with your choice of Champagne. Garnish with an orange twist.

Blushing Mimosa

blushing mimosa

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 tbsp Grenadine
  • Brut Champagne
  • Maraschino Cherries for garnish

Directions

Mix orange juice and pineapple juice together. Fill a champagne flute 2/3 full of the juice mixture. Next, add Champagne, then grenadine. Top with 2-3 Maraschino cherries.

Champagne Punch

champagne punch
Photo courtesy of True Citrus

Ingredients

  • Brut Champagne
  • 1 oz Brandy
  • 1 oz Cointreau or Orange Liquor 
  • 1 bottle Club Soda
  • 1 Orange Rind
  • Pineapple slices
  • Orange slices
  • Mint sprigs 
  • 3-4 strawberries (optional)

Directions

In a pitcher, add the ingredients and mix. Serve cold, garnished with sliced fresh pineapple, orange, and fresh mint. Crushed fresh strawberries add a fancy and flavorful touch. 

White Peach Bellini

champagne cocktails

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Champagne 
  • 1 part White Peach Purée

Directions

Place one tablespoon of white peach puree into the bottom of a chilled flute glass. Slowly fill the glass with champagne so it stirs up the puree. Garnish with peach slices.

If you make any of these cocktail recipes  for your next virtual happy hour, share them with us on Instagram using the hashtag – #SignatureSips

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