Valentine’s Day Cocktails: an Ode to Champagne

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February 6, 2013 by Doorway

You know us, we couldn’t set up Valentine’s day recipes for you and not include a few great cocktails! Champagne has been immortalized as the drink of romance, so using it as our inspiration it only seems right.

French 75:

via liquor.com

via liquor.com

Said to be invented during the First World War, the French 75 is a classic, and yet, commonly overlooked champagne cocktail. It is quite strong and more on the tart side, so if you like your drinks on the sweeter side, keep scrolling. Garnish with a slice of lemon peel for a brighter look.

1 oz brandy

1 oz Cointreau

A squeeze of lemon

1 sugar cube

Chilled champagne

Directions: 

Combine the brandy, Cointreau and lemon in a shaker with ice. Mix it up and pour into a champagne flute. Drop the sugar cube in and top it off with the chilled champagne.

Voila!

Kir Royale:

via uniqlifestyle.com

via uniqlifestyle.com

The Kir Royale is possibly the single most famous champagne cocktail ever made, and, continuing with the theme we didn’t know we had going, originated in the 1940’s during the Second World War in France, in honor of Felix Kir, a French mayor who led the resistence. Creme de cassis adds a black currant flavor to your champagne. The result? Deliciousness. Berry flavors combine with bubbliness in your mouth for the perfect St. Valentine’s drink. Add some blackberries if you like.

1/2 oz creme de cassis (like Chambord)

5 oz extra dry champagne

A splash of lemon juice

Directions:

Add the creme de cassis into the champagne flute first, followed by the champagne and lemon squeeze.

Vive le resistance!

Cherry Fizz Cocktail:

via stylemepretty.com

via stylemepretty.com

Ok, we totally stole this one from Style Me Pretty, but it is delish! It almost tastes like cherry vanilla cola, except way better! We think it would be super cute to garnish each champagne flute with sugar, another idea also stolen from The Knot. Simply moisten the rim of each flute with a lemon wedge and dip the rim in sugar. If you’re having a get together with your girlfriends during the week, this is one drink they will love!

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp grenadine

1 oz cherry brandy

Champagne

Directions: 

Shake the lemon juice, grenadine and brandy with ice and strain it into a flute.

Top it off with champagne.

Cheers!

Now, go get sauced and make some babies!

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