28 Easy Ways to Dress Up Cheap Champagne and Still Look Classy
Welcome to the Champagne life.
Gone are the days of politely smiling and cringing over sips of cheap Champagne. (We can't all provide cases of top-shelf bubbly when throwing award show watch parties!) Booze enthusiasts everywhere have come up with clever ways to garnish coupes and add doses of flavor to take this sparkling bevvy to the next level. Try these delicious concoctions using Champagne as your base.
If you want a truly decadent experience, drop Champagne-soaked strawberries into your glass of bubbly. Simply fill a clean jar with fresh strawberries and cover with Champagne. Allow them to sit for about 24 hours. (For a shorter soaking time, you can poke holes into the berries.)
Have some leftover soaked berries? Pat them dry, then dip them in chocolate, whipped cream or vanilla frosting for a sinfully delicious snack.
Mimosas don't have to be reserved for weekend brunch. This tangy cocktail combines the fruity flavors of pineapple and blood orange. My favorite part? The pink-sugared rim.
Make It: Lazy Sunday Mimosa
Rum + Fresh Mint
This twist on the classic mojito makes it a perfect cocktail to ease into spring.
Make It: Mojito Champagne Cocktail
Sweeten up your sip with pomegranate juice and a spoonful of seeds that make it somehow feel...healthier.
Make It: Pomegranate Mimosa
Take dessert to a new level with this Champagne-sorbet float. Top a scoop of strawberry sorbet with Champagne and fresh mint, then watch the sorbet dissolve into a sea of bubbly bliss.
Sweet Tea Vodka
Take your Champagne celebration up a notch by mixing in some southern-style sweet tea vodka.
Make It: Savannah Fizz Cocktail
Dress up libations using clips straight from your garden. This classic coupe garnished with a simple sage leaf is the perfect way to celebrate your green thumb.
Keep your hosting duties to a minimum with a batch of sparkling sangria featuring sweet, vibrant fruits. Raspberries, oranges and green grapes make this one a crowd-pleaser.
Make It: Sparkling Sangria
Raspberries + Mint
Hit 'em with something beautiful and refreshing, like a raspberry limoncello prosecco. Combine limoncello liqueur, prosecco, frozen raspberries and fresh mint for a sweet and bubbly surprise.
Sometimes the simplest gesture can make the greatest impact. To create a citrus twist for a garnish, all you need is a fresh, ripe fruit (like a lemon or lime) and a sharp knife. (Look at this super easy tutorial.) Pop in your glass of Champagne, and cheers!
- Candied ginger
- Sugar cubes
- Rock candy
- Candied lemon rind
- Whipped cream
- Cotton candy
- Spun sugar
Fresh Peach Bellini
Peaches are ready for the picking as early as May. And if you just can't wait, we've got the perfect starter sip. Four ingredients (fresh peaches, lemon juice, sugar and champagne) make this a sweet wake-up call. Get the Recipe >>
Orange Cream Mimosa
You can't just "wake up and make" this mimosa, but the time spent is well worth it. Homemade orange cream sorbet becomes the base of your mimosa. Top with champagne and watch the sorbet dissolve into a sea of bubbly bliss. Get the Recipe >>
Sparkling Grapefruit Cocktail
A twist on the classic mimosa, this drink pairs champagne with grapefruit juice, anise syrup and the herbal liqueur Campari to create brunch's newest companion. Get the Recipe >>