Few types of drinkware are as classy as a champagne glass, particularly stemless flutes. At your next dinner party, impress your guests with delicious and tasteful champagne cocktail recipes. Learn how to master everything from the class French 75 to the lesser known Moët Melon on the Rocks. Then, serve your elegant libations to your guests in stemless flutes. As the weather begins to warm, many of us look forward to hosting outdoor celebrations, but glass champagne flutes can be dangerous accessories during an outdoor party. Instead, offer your guests one of these champagne cocktails in an Ice Shaker stemless flute, which will keep your champagne properly chilled for hours.
Why Use an Ice Shaker Stemless Flute?
Ice Shaker’s line of drinkware products includes water/protein bottles, skinny tumblers with straws, stemless wine tumblers, pilsner cups and now stemless flutes. Each of these products has been specifically designed to provide customers with the best possible experience no matter how they intend to use their Ice Shaker. The stemless flutes can hold six ounces and are available in a multitude of colors including rose gold, mint, silver and more along with patterned designs. With double-walled vacuum-sealed technology inside each tumbler, your drinks will stay cold for hours on end, making your drink just as refreshing as when you first poured it.
Selecting the Right Champagne for Cocktails
Before you can make a truly delicious champagne cocktail, you must have some knowledge of the different types of champagne that exist. Much like how true bourbon is only made in Kentucky, real champagne only comes from the Champagne region of France. All other types of “champagne” are actually referred to as sparkling wine, which can be used in place of true champagne. It’s best to use a sparkling wine that is more dry than sweet when making champagne cocktails because the mixer or additional liquor often sweetens the drink.
Types of Champagne for Cocktails
Prosecco: This type of sparkling wine comes from Italy and is often described as slightly sweeter than traditional champagne with notes of apple, pear and flowers. Some people also say that Prosecco tends to have more, larger bubbles than champagne, but it makes for a great, affordable alternative.
Cava: Cava is the Spanish version of champagne, though it is also much less expensive, with most bottles ranging between $15 to $25. The flavor profile here is more citrusy with hints of toffee and melon. Many wine aficionados liken Cava to champagne more than Prosecco, though both are excellent options for cocktails.
Brut: While Cava and Prosecco are types of sparkling wines for specific regions, brut is simply meant to describe the wine’s dryness. Extra brut is the driest type of sparkling wine or champagne while brut is slightly sweeter. If you’re not going to opt for a Cava, Prosecco or just regular champagne, selecting any brut sparkling wine will do the trick.
Our Favorite Champagne Cocktail Recipes
A classic champagne cocktail, the French 75 is easy to whip up during any party and tastes delicious with a fish or seafood appetizer or main course.
- 2 ounces dry gin
- ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
- ¾ ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces champagne (or your choice of sparkling wine)
- Handful of ice
- Lemon twist as a garnish
Add ice, gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and champagne to a cocktail shaker. Shake well for about 20 seconds until you can feel that the shaker is becoming cold from the ice. Then, remove the top and pour the cocktail into your stemless flutes through a strainer. Top the glasses off with additional champagne and serve this cocktail with a twist of lemon as a garnish.
Another traditional champagne cocktail usually enjoyed in the morning or at brunch, the Bellini is a sweet drink that incorporates white peach puree. Feel free to make the puree yourself or replace with store-bought white peach juice. The history of this fruity drink dates back to the 1930s when it was created at the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice.
- 1 tablespoon white peach puree (or juice)
- Bottle of Prosecco
The Bellini is one of the easiest champagne cocktails to whip up quickly. Simply add a scoop of the white peach puree to the bottom of your stemless champagne flute and then fill the glass with Prosecco and serve.
Moët Melon on the Rocks
A fruity and refreshing cocktail perfect for a hot summer’s day, the Moët Melon on the Rocks features a particular type of Moët Champagne but can be recreated with other similar-tasting sparkling wines.
- 4 ounces Moët & Chardon Ice Imperial
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice
- ¾ ounce silver tequila
- 1 ounce fresh watermelon juice
- Mint leaves
- Handful of ice cubes
Pour all ingredients except for champagne into a shaker and mix well. Muddle the watermelon juice and mint leaves in the stemless flute to release the flavors further. Pour the mixture into the glass, add ice cubes and top with champagne.