New Champagne Cocktail

Recipe

1 oz Cognac or Brandy
.25 oz Simple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Instructions

Combine Cognac, simple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute and top up with sparkling wine. 

Cocktail Talk

I hate the original Champagne Cocktail so I decided to make it better. For those of you who don't know, the traditional Champagne Cocktail is a bitters-soaked sugar cube in a flute filled with sparkling wine. I'm not a fan of using a sugar cubes in drinks, especially one that has sparkling wine. First, who keeps sugar cubes these days, I know I don't. Second, the rough texture of the sugar cube gives the drink a lot of nucleation points and causes the drink to fizz and go flat quickly. 

I chose to use simple syrup because it's something you'll have on hand or be able to make in no time. I also added some Cognac to bump up the alcohol content of the cocktail. This drink is great to make for brunch or in the evening to share with friends.

CocktailsRob Baird