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Champagne Cocktail
IBA official cocktail
Base spirit
ServedStraight up: chilled, without ice
Standard garnishOrange slice and maraschino cherry
Standard drinkware
Champagne flute
IBA specified
PreparationAdd dash of Angostura bitter onto sugar cube and drop it into champagne flute. Add cognac followed by gently pouring chilled champagne. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.
Champagne Cocktail recipe at International Bartenders Association

A champagne cocktail is an alcoholic cocktail made with sugar, Angostura bitters, Champagne, brandy, and a maraschino cherry as a garnish. It is one of the IBA official cocktails. Other variations include Grenadine, Orange bitters, Cognac (substitute of brandy) or Sparkling wine (substitute for champagne). Other nonofficial garnishes include strawberries or dried orange slices.

A recipe for the cocktail appears as early as "Professor" Jerry Thomas' Bon Vivant's Companion (1862), which omits the brandy or cognac and is considered to be the "classic" American version.[1] Harry Johnson was one of the bartenders who revived the model by adding other fruit to the mix.[2]


  1. ^ Thomas, Jerry (1862). Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide: How to Mix All Kinds of Plain and Fancy Drinks. p. 21. ISBN 9780486806211. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  2. ^ Simonson, Robert (December 22, 2017). "In Search of the Ultimate Champagne Cocktail". Punch. Retrieved 12 July 2018.