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The Champagne Cocktail a Royal Wedding Event April 2011

Champagne Cocktail

Royal Cocktail

Royal Cocktail

The Champagne Cocktail has been around for a long time. It is one of the most enduring cocktails with good reason. It’s fabulous. What better cocktail for the April Signature Cocktail to commemorate the Royal Wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew.

4oz. (120 ml) Piper-Heidsieck champagne
3/4 oz. Remy Martn VSOP cognac
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 sugar cube

Put a drop or two of the bitters on the sugar cube, pour in the cognac and then the champagne. Serve with a twist of lime or lemon.

The Champagne Cocktail History

References to this drink are found as early as 1862 in The Bon Vivant’s Companion and Jerry Thomas’s How to Mix Drinks

1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 or 2 dashes bitters
Piece of lemon peel

Fill tumbler 1/3 full broken ice. Fill balance with wine. Shake well and serve.

Thomas later published an updated edition in 1887  removing the shaking and crushed ice . The recipe is similar to ours but adds an ice cube and stirs. Serve with a lemon peel.

John Dougherty made the cocktail famous in 1899 when he mixed it to win The New York cocktail competition. John Dougherty called his concoction “The Business Brace”
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