Champagne

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Who doesn’t love a glass of bubbly champagne? We show you a few simple ways to turn that drink into a delicious cocktail your friends are sure to love! Still not convinced? Just try some of these delicious beverages yourself, and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @shesaid with your creations!

RELATED: TGIF Champagne Margarita Recipe

Champagne cocktail

Ingredients: 1 cube sugar, Angostura bitters

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Kir Royale

Ingredients: 1/2 ounce creme de cassis

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Mimosa

Ingredients: 1 ounce orange juice

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Black Velvet

Ingredients: 1/2 glass stout beer

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

French 75

Ingredients: 1.5 ounces dry gin, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1.2 teaspoons powdered sugar

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

The Ghost

Ingredients: 1/2 ounce melon liqueur

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

D’artagnan

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon brandy, 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier, 3 teaspoons orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon simple syrup

D'artagnan

Poinsettia

Ingredients: 1/2 ounce cranberry juice, 1/4 ounce triple sec

Poinsettia

Simple Bellini

Ingredients: peach pureé, raspberry grenadine

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Pimm’s Royale

Ingredients: Splash of Pimm’s

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Death In The Afternoon

Ingredients: 1 once Absinthe

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Nelson’s Blood

Ingredients: 5:1 ratio of champagne to tawny port

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Champagne Flip

Ingredients: 3/4 ounce brandy, 3 dashes Cointreau, 1/4 once cream, 1/4 ounce simple syrup, 1 egg yolk, 1 pinch nutmeg

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

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July 28, 2015

Easy Champagne Cocktail Ideas

Why not up the ante and create some delicious champagne cocktails for the festive season?

These drinks are easy enough to make if you’re a beginner, and they also taste divine! Stock up on the essentials including fresh fruits, mint, rosemary and thyme for a great foundation to any cocktail drink.

RELATED: Christmas Party Cocktail Ideas

Spiced Apple Cider Champagne

A yummy cocktail which contains cider, cinnamon, and champagne for truly unique flavour. Garnish with fresh mint leaves for a fresh-tasting drink during Christmas time.

Easy Champagne Cocktail Ideas

Elderflower Champagne Cocktail

A refreshing drink which features a splash of St. Germain for that delicate texture and taste unlike no other. Serve with a slice of mint and cucumber to keep cool during the warmer months.

Easy Champagne Cocktail Ideas

Raspberry and Black Pepper Champagne

Combine orange juice, raspberries, lemon wedges, thyme, raw sugar and champagne into a blender for 2-3 minutes on high speed. Sprinkle some black pepper over the top, and don’t forget to add a splash of vodka if you’re feeling particularly festive!

Easy Champagne Cocktail Ideas

Blood Orange Bellini

Create a traditional bellini with a twist, by using blood orange for a rich and intense flavour. Combine the juice of four blood oranges, and your favourite bottle of Prosecco for a yummy cocktail.

Easy Champagne Cocktail Ideas

Blackberry Champagne Cocktail

A sophisticated drink for a formal event or simply just a dinner party, a blackberry champagne cocktail is also really easy to make. Garnish the champagne glass with crushed sugar, and add two blackberries into the champagne to infuse the flavour.

Easy Champagne Cocktail Ideas

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December 8, 2014

Best Places In The World To Have A Glass Of Champagne

In case you haven’t heard, it’s time to celebrate. No, not just because it’s Friday but it just so happens to be Global Champagne Day – as if we need another excuse to pop the cork this weekend! To commemorate such an important day, we’ve hit up some of the best travel companies to see where they think would be the best place in the world to indulge in flute of bubbly.

Insight Vacations, Champagne

Go straight to the source and enjoy a glass of bubbles in the magnificent Champagne region. With sprawling mountainous views, medieval buildings shaped like champagne corks, and champagne houses like Moët, Veuve and Dom Pérignon, the region has been attracting thirsty guests for centuries. Back in 1804 Napolean was wined and dined by Moët and become one of their largest fans – the champagne house later dedicated its Brut Imperial to the emperor. Insight Vacations’ 16-day Country Roads of France visits Troyes the capital of the region and includes a wine tasting with an expert.

Insight Vacations, Champagne

Trafalgar, New York

Bring in the New Year in New York and celebrate with Trafalgar’s special 11-day Christmas Magic and New York New Year guided holiday that’ll see you spend 25 December in Connecticut indulging in a champagne brunch by the warmth of a fireplace. From the sweet seasonal aromas of baked goods wafting through Manhattan to the sounds of carollers on Broadway, you and your loved ones will experience the personality of the Big Apple and its surrounds which shine even brighter at this time of year during Trafalgar’s winter wonderland adventure. As celebrations commence around the world marking 2015, join your fellow travel companions and ring in the New Year with a special Highlight Dinner before getting the opportunity to head to Times Square to watch the famous ball drop www.trafalgar.com.

AAT Kings, Uluru

For a unique, open-air dining experience, head to the heart of Australia to witness the changing colours of Uluru at sunset. Here you’ll dine under the stars during an exclusive AAT Kings Uluru Sunset tour and Aussie BBQ Dinner, the only evening dining experience inside Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. In the afterglow of an Uluru sunset, you’ll feast on delicious seafood, succulent meats, fresh salads and decadent desserts while sipping on your drink of choice. Pull up a chair next to your travel companions and listen to fascinating stories told by your charming yet knowledgeable Driver Guide as you toast to new friendships and recount stories of your Red Centre adventures www.aatkings.com.

AAT KIngs, Uluru

Creative Holidays, San Francisco

California has its fair share of wine regions though champagne enthusiasts will love the aptly named Bubble Lounge in San Francisco. Get cosy as the elegant downtown bar has 300 champagnes and sparkling wines on the menu including some of the world’s best available by the glass. For those who find choosing between champagnes far too hard there are ‘Bubbly Flights’ which each have three tasting glasses. Creative Holidays has a range of accommodation and sightseeing options in San Francisco.

Creative Holidays, San Franscisco

Adventure World, Peru

Whichever way you tackle it, the legendary Inca trail is an extraordinary feat. So why not enjoy luxury facilities along the way and plenty of opportunities to pop a cork at your incredible accomplishments with the Luxury Inca Trail from soft-adventure specialists Adventure World. Experience the spectacular beauty as well as grand pampering Peruvian style with the added comfort of luxury tented accommodation while you traverse the famed trail, a professional masseuse to caress away any cramps, expert guides and porters to take care of all the equipment and of course exotic cuisine and champagne to cheers your achievements.

Adventure World, Inca

Bushmans Kloof, South Africa

Nestled in the foothills of South Africa’s Cederberg Mountains lies Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat which offers an array of luxury dining occasions – the kind that dreams are made of. For a unique outdoor dining experience, wander through the reserve and pull up at your picnic spot of choice whether that be along the banks of a sparkling river, at a rocky overhang near a crystal-clear waterfall or amongst the spring flowers. Here you’ll dine on a gourmet spread of mouth-watering delights and delicious treats washing it down with a glass of bubbles, as you immerse yourself in South Africa’s picturesque bushland www.bushmanskloof.co.za/dining/extraordinary-dining.

Red Carnation, Bushmans Kloof

Contiki, Isle of Capri

The rocky caves, the stunning coastline, the cuisine best enjoyed al fresco dining – the glamorous Isle of Capri is just begging to be enjoyed with bubbles. You’ll definitely want to pop a cork and cheers to ‘La Dolce Vita’ on Contiki’s 12-day Simply Italy which takes in an excursion to this incredibly picturesque place. No fizzer, this trip also takes a number of incredible experiences across Rome, Sorrento, Florence, Venice, Milan and the Italian Riviera that a worthy of imbibing in bubbles (no one needs to know if it’s only Prosecco).

Contiki, Isle Of Capri

Busabout, Croatia

At some point during a week-long cruise down Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, a celebratory champagne is called for. It could be post-dip in the balmy Adriatic, accompanying fresh seafood while dining al fresco on the island of Hvar or watching the sunset from the city walls of Dubrovnik. You’ll never be short of toast-worthy moments on Busabout’s 8-day Island Hopper as it cruises the crystal clear waters to Split, Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Islands.

Busabout, Croatia

Uniworld, France

Coco Chanel said ‘I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I’m in love and when I’m not’. We’re sure she’d be happy to add ‘when I’m on a luxury river cruise in France’. Uniworld’s 8-day Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux sails the Bordeaux region in southwest France so guests can sip Champagne on the Sun Deck while sailing past pretty villages, rolling vineyards and picturesque Chateaux. C’est la vie!

Uniworld, Blaye

October 24, 2014

3 Unique Cocktail Ideas

Tired of your usual beverage or just want to try something new and exciting? Why not test-out some of these cocktails which are sure to steer you away from that mundane vodka-lime-soda combination, and update your taste palette as well. Order them while you’re out, make them at home, or simply add them to your Pinterest ‘wish’ list.

Copa Verde

This one is for all the avocado enthusiasts – a cocktail which combines a classic margarita with a subtle taste of thyme leaves and avocado.

3 Unique Cocktail Ideas

Ingredients

1 tsp fresh thyme leaves

2 tsp salt

230ml silver tequila

120ml lime juice

120ml water

120ml light agave syrup

1 medium avocado (pitted and peeled)

Ice

Method

  1. Mix the thyme and salt in a small bowl, then add a little bit of agave syrup into another bowl. Line the rim of the glass with the syrup, then with the thyme and salt mixture.
  2. Place all the remaining ingredients into a blender and mix well on a high speed.
  3. Pour the mixture into a cocktail shaker, and shake for 20-30 seconds until well combined. Pour into the cocktail glass, and serve immediately.

Grapefruit-Mint Bellini

For those who like it a little bit fancy, champagne is paired with a splash of grapefruit and mint for a fresh taste. Almost to pretty to drink!

3 Unique Cocktail Ideas

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1 bunch fresh mint

2-3 cups grapefruit juice

1 bottle champagne

Instructions

  1. Add the sugar, water and mint to a boil over a saucepan on low heat. As the sugar begins to simmer, remove the pan and let it cool completely.
  2. Pour into a glass, then top off with champagne and edible flowers.

Caribbean Snowflake

Primarily a winter cocktail, this drink combines eggnog and a splash of rum for a truly one-of-a-kind taste.

3 Unique Cocktail Ideas

Ingredients

60ml Rum

7ml Pimento Liqueur

14ml lime juice

29ml grapefruit juice

7ml simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)

1 egg

Edible silver flake for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients into a shaker and mix well for six seconds. Then add ice, and repeat the step again.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, then garnish with edible silver flakes. Easy!

Images and Recipes via Departures, Camille Styles, Chow

August 15, 2014

3 Easy Cocktails For Any Occasion

Whether you want to brush-up on your bartender skills, or discover some new and interesting cocktails for the next dinner party, then you’re in the right place. These easy to make cocktails are perfect for a beginner, since they’re super simple to whip-up, but also taste amazing!

Watermelon Bubbly Cocktail

Ideal for those who love to indulge in champagne, and an additional splash of watermelon to keep it sweet and casual.

3 Easy Cocktails For Any Occasion

Ingredients

Champagne

Small watermelon

Lemonade

Mint

Method

  1. Chop up the watermelon into small pieces and make sure to remove the skin. We only want the really sweet centre parts, so feel free to serve the remaining pieces as a side. Tear the mint into bite-size portions.
  2. Now place 1/8th of the watermelon with a handful of mint pieces into a shaker, and add splash of lemonade (3 tablespoons to be precise). Shake it all up until the mixture is consistent and smooth.
  3. Strain the mixture before serving in a champagne glass.

Ginger Sparkler

A contemporary twist on a classic cocktail – feel free to use champagne instead of prosecco if you don’t like the taste.

3 Easy Cocktails For Any Occasion

Ingredients

1 small nub fresh ginger

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

Prosecco (or champagne)

Clementine or Satsuma

Method

  1. Start off by simmering 2 teaspoons of shaved ginger, the sugar, and  water until the sugar has completely dissolved. Now strain the entire mixture, and put it aside until it cools down to room temperature.
  2. Drop 1 tablespoon into each glass, then fill the rest with prosecco or a champagne of your choice. Now squeeze a slice of clementine or satsuma into the glass before serving.

Cucumber Lime Margarita

Fancy your margarita with a cool, refreshing taste? The cucumber brings this classic cocktail to life, and tastes lovely with a splash of lime juice.

3 Easy Cocktails For Any Occasion

Ingredients

2 cucumbers (peeled)

30ml silver tequila

30ml fresh lime juice (half a lime)

90ml cucumber juice

Lime and cucumber wedges (garnish)

Method

  1. For the cucumber juice, start off by peeling the skin and juice in your preferred blender or juicer. Now separate the pulp from the juice by using a mesh strainer, and push down with a spoon.
  2. Fill a glass with ice, add the tequila, lime juice and cucumber juice and stir well. Finish off by garnishing the drink with a wedge of cucumber or lime.

Recipes and Images via The Glitter Guide, Tastes Lovely

July 29, 2014

Cocktail For The Weekend: Chambord Mimosa

The weekend has landed and that means brunch. Whether you prefer granola and egg white omelettes or the full English, nothing goes down lovelier than a sparkling Chambord Mimosa.

For each mimosa:

1/2 oz Chambord Liqueur

Fresh orange juice

Champagne or sparkling wine

Add Chambord Liqueur and orange juice to bottom of flute glass. Top with Champagne.

What’s your favourite cocktail with brunch?

January 13, 2012

Bevy Time – Champagne

It’s SheSaid’s 1st birthday so guess what we’ll be drinking lots of this month? Champagne! And the good stuff too. Here are top 5 ritzy favourites for special occasions.

  • Krug Grand Cuv?e Brut (also the most expensive, unfortunately, at around $200 a pop)
  • Bollinger Special Cuv?e ($75-$90)
  • Moet&Chandon Brut Imp?rial (around $70)
  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut NV (around $70 a bottle)
  • Louis Roederer Brut Premier (around $90 a bottle)
August 1, 2000

Cocktail of the month – Flirtini

The ABSOLUT Flirtini

When Sam (Kym Cattrel) hosted a rooftop fiesta party at her apartment block you may have noticed that all the “it” girls were sipping the drink of the moment – the ABSOLUT Flirtini. You don’t know what it is? Well, it is made by mixing one part ABOSLUT Vodka with two parts pineapple juice, shaken with ice, strained and then topped with Champagne. We can assure you that the flavour and fizz of the champagne fuses with the sweetness of the pineapple and that you’ll find yourself heading straight back to the bar when you’ve finished the first. If you haven’t been luckier enough to try one then head to the W Hotel Water Bar in Sydney or Melbourne’s Chaise Lounge. If you can’t get to either of those locations make your own. Details below:The ABSOLUT Flirtini

Ingredients

1 part ABSOLUT Vodka

2 parts Pineapple juice

Champagne

to topMethod

Mix the ABSOLUT Vodka with the pineapple juice.

Give them a shake with ice and strain.

Then top with champagne. Divine!

July 2, 2000

Champagne Punch for Party Season

This is one of the scrummiest cocktails. You don’t have to pit the cheeries for this punch, because you’re going to strain them out later, but if you’d like to blend them up with ice for a daiquiri or a smoothie you must pit them first.
Champagne Punch
Ingredients 1 quart sweet cherries (fresh or frozen)

1 bottle kirsch

2 bottles of champagne

 

Method

Firstly crush the cherries lightly with a potato masher or with your hands. Add the kirsch. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 days. Strain the kirsch through a sieve and discard the cherry pulp and pits.

Place a large block of ice in a medium punch bowl. Add the kirsch, pour in the champagne and stir.

April 2, 2000