Champagne Cocktails are like the marriage of two incredibly cute and feisty kids. The adorable lass: the gentle and sparkling champagne, coupled with the liquor or bitters: the bittersweet and strong masculine companion. There are limitless possibilities in companions; there seem to be even more in champagne cocktail recipes.
Easy to make at home with just a few supplies from the grocery store, champagne cocktails are also found in abundance around Portland’s bars and lounges.
Traditional Champagne Cocktail
1 sugar cube
Lemon or lime twist, optional
Instructions: Soak the sugar cube in bitters and place at the bottom of a champagne flute. Fill glass with champagne. Garnish with twist, if using.
Variations: There are a wide variety of bitters: grapefruit, rhubarb, orange, peach, lemon and cherry are all flavors that can be found in Portland-area liquor stores, and in some finer bars. For a big punch, a spruce up to this adorable and tasty union, cognac or another liquor is occasionally floated on top.
A few other variations and the best Portland spots to nab them:
- Nostrana has a killer Kir Royale with housemade crÃ¨me de cassis.
- Driftwood Room is amazing all over, but their Elizabeth Taylor (made with crÃ¨me de violet) will make you go wild.
- Moloko Plus makes a divine little classic Champagne Cocktail with grapefruit bitters.
- The Farm CafÃ© has their delightful Goldenrod Cocktail, made with the dainty St. Germain Elderflower liquor.
- Try Beaker and Flask for a long wait with your supremely-crafted champagne cocktail experience.
Other locations around town that will cheerfully (hopefully) serve you a champagne cocktail include The Bonfire Lounge (affordable), Sapphire Hotel (classy), Gold Dust Meridian (funky), The Secret Society Lounge (seductive) and Belly Timber (experimental).
Like any well-matched couple, the cuteness of the champagne can wear off or give you a headache; don’t over-consume.
Heads up: Whereas I personally threw myself on the champagne grenade of Portland (don’t worry, it didn’t hurt) and visited all recommended spots, it’s always wise to call ahead to ensure prices, hours, and availability.
Tip: Prosecco works wonderfully for any sort of cocktail you’re planning on making at home, and at a fraction of the price of nicer champagnes, it’s something I wholeheartedly recommend.
For a list of some of the best places to hit up for champagne cocktails, head here.