To end the year and ring it out in style, we’ve asked Kathryn of Kat’s Cocktail Bar to mix us up a classic cocktail to enhance whatever you have planned on the 31st of December. Whether you’re getting dressed up and heading out as planned, hosting friends and family or simply snuggling on the sofa, this classic cocktail is synonymous with New Years Eve and can be enjoyed, whatever your attire.
Kathryn of Kat’s cocktail bar, walks us through a classic Champagne Cocktail
There are certain occasions that I think should be left alone to tradition and New Years Eve is one of them. I’m a gal who loves fizz, and bringing in the new year with bubbles is the only way for me!
There is no recipe more traditional and classic than a champagne cocktail and this for me, is THE Champagne Cocktail.
I hope you’ll join me in lifting this fabulous and stylish glass of giggles and close out the year in style. Embracing whatever 2022 has in store.
Dating back to at least the 1800’s, the champagne cocktail is one of the IBA official cocktails and considered one of the oldest cocktails. A recipe for it 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. Harry Johnson was one of the bartenders who revived the model by adding other fruit to the mix.
But it isn’t loved by everyone, back in the 1940’s David Embery, American attorney and amateur bartender, wrote in his book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks: “From every point of view, other than cost, this cocktail is a decidedly inferior drink, and no true champagne lover would ever commit the sacrilege of polluting a real vintage champagne by dunking even plain sugar – much less bitters – in it. So if you must … serve this incongruous mess just for the sake of ‘putting on the dog’ then, in the name of all that a true lover of the grape holds sacred, use a cheap domestic champagne, or even an artificially carbonated wine”.
Yet, despite Embury’s protestations, “this incongruous mess” remains one of the most popular champagne cocktails and one of the most enduring of all classic cocktails.
- 1 Sugar cube
- 1/3 oz Cognac
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 3 oz Champagne
- Add 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.
Straight up: without ice
Standard garnish: Maraschino cherry, orange slice
Drinkware: Champagne flute