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Champagne Cocktail

Champagne Cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

This simple classic cocktail is the best way to improve a glass of bubbly. It originally appeared in Jerry Thomas' 1862 book, "How to Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant's Companion."


  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2-4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Garnish: lemon twist


  1. Place a sugar cube on a bar spoon and douse with the bitters.

  2. Drop the cube into a chilled Champagne flute or similar glass.

  3. Fill the glass with Champagne or sparkling wine.

  4. Garnish with a lemon twist.