Breaking out the bubbly

I think there may be another photo hiding around here

Here are two cocktails that use champagne. We tend to use Prosecco, cava or sparkling wine, since they are all more affordable. The classic champagne cocktail calls for regular Angostura bitters, but we used chocolate instead. Orange or another flavor would work well too. The Buck’s fizz doesn’t need the grenadine, but then you should just call it a mimosa.

Chocolate Champagne Cocktail

  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 4-5 dashes chocolate bitters
  • 1 measure cognac (brandy is fine too)
  • 3-4 measures chilled champagne
  • Orange slice for garnish

Place sugar in a champagne flute or other cocktail glass of your choice. Shake bitters onto sugar and let soak in for 29-31 seconds. Pour cognac in and then top with the bubbly. Garnish with orange slice if desired.

Here I am JH

Buck’s Fizz

  • 1-2 measures freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1-2 dashes grenadine
  • 2 measures chilled champagne

Place orange juice and grenadine in champagne flute and stir to combine. Pour in champagne.

Today’s PSA: Watch where you point the bottle when uncorking champagne. Ideally you should be in an open field or near water, like in the video below. But you should never be near aquariums, expensive electronics, lamps, dogs, infants, pregnant women, your favorite aunt, anyone playing darts or riding a Harley Davidson or riding a Harley Davidson while playing darts. Avoid being near anything with eyeballs, mirrors, windows or other champagne bottles. Remember you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than a poisonous spider. A lady with a British accent told us that so it must be true. Learn more:

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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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31 Responses to Breaking out the bubbly

  1. sallybr says:

    Lovely post, lovely video! I would KILL to be able to speak like that, instead of coping with my pathetic Brazilian accent… oh, well

  2. nrhatch says:

    Colonel Mustard killed Professor Plum in the library . . . with a carefully aimed champagne cork!

  3. More likely to be killed by a champagne cork than a poisonous spider? What a relief!

  4. I want to have drinks at your house

    I’ll bring all the Aussie poisonous spiders and you’ll have the champagne and we can see which works best? :)

    Has anyone known someone who was killed by a champagne cork?

  5. Courtney says:

    Mmmm…both delicious and educational. :)

  6. Purely.. Kay says:

    Did you break out the bubbly because you knew I was visiting today? I knew it lol. Love the recipe of course. I missed you and Katherine.. seriously. Still love this blog

  7. Kas says:

    Hehe I needed this.

  8. Good call on the Prosecco as a sub. I also like to use Moscato.

  9. Tip from my best friend, a former waitress: hold a clean linen towel over the top of the champagne bottle as you slowly untwist the wire. I do it and have never seen a flying cork do damage again.

  10. Great post and lovely cocktails! I did give myself a beautiful black eye once opening a champagne bottle. In my defence I was only about 14 at the time and knew no better. And I´m British and talk a bit like the lady in the video so you really think I should have known about the perils ;)

  11. Brilliant post. I shall console the relations of friends who have died from poisonous spider bites with the comforting news that had the deceased downed a lot more bubbly they would surely have avoided the bite of the Black Widow.

  12. I will have one of each please – purely for research purposes of course. :-) Mandy

  13. That’s it. Happy Hour at yours! Be there at 5.

  14. Andrea says:

    Thanks for the PSA and wonderful cocktails!

  15. Too Toll drinks….It depends how much we can drink…

  16. Tandy says:

    I love what we call here MCC which is our local bubbly!

  17. Prosecco and I are fast friends. This all looks spectacular. And yes, the PSA :)

  18. Eva Taylor says:

    Lovely cocktails Greg and very funny video, thank you. I had no idea about the likely-hood of being killed by a champagne cork. What a way to go!

  19. egg me on says:

    Buck’s Fizz! What a great name for a drink! Or an adventurer. I’d certainly watch a show about a guy called Buck Fizz. As he travels the world, fighting crime and enjoying bubbly with the ladies. Also, I just trademarked that idea, so you can’t have it. ;)

  20. You need “BUBBLES” in life – ha! Have a Great Day!

  21. Charles says:

    lol, today I learned that people actually like accents like that? I suppose being a crusty Brit myself I’ve never seen the attraction to be honest :D

    That’s a beautiful looking drink – wonderful colour, especially down the stem. I wonder – how many different shaped glasses do you guys actually have? :D

  22. Karen says:

    Cheers! I haven’t had a Champagne cocktail in years.

  23. Christina says:

    You always have such wonderful cocktails! I don’t know which one I want to try first! :)

  24. TasteFood says:

    I must try both before I can comment.

  25. ceciliag says:

    i am with miss taste food.. i need to do a taste test! you can NEVER have enough bubbly! c

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