28 Easy Ways to Dress Up Cheap Champagne and Still Look Classy

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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.

Champagne-Soaked Strawberries

Champagne and Strawberries

Champagne and Strawberries

Champagne cocktail garnished with sliced strawberries.

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Jamie Grill

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.

Pink-Sugared Rim

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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.

Rum + Fresh Mint

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This twist on the classic mojito makes it a perfect cocktail to ease into spring.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate Cocktails

Pomegranate Cocktails

Pomegranate cocktails with champagne.

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Michael Marquand

Sweeten up your sip with pomegranate juice and a spoonful of seeds that make it somehow feel...healthier.

Sorbet

Champagne With Sorbet

Champagne With Sorbet

Champagne with strawberry ice-cream and a mint garnish.

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Alexander Haase

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

Savannah Fizz Cocktail

Savannah Fizz Cocktail

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She-N-He Photography

Take your Champagne celebration up a notch by mixing in some southern-style sweet tea vodka.

Fresh Herbs

Champagne and Sage

Champagne and Sage

Champagne coupe with a sage garnish.

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Michael Marquand

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.

Berry Mix

Homemade Sparkling Sangria

Homemade Sparkling Sangria

Pick up fresh ingredients from your local market or fruit stand and say cheers to a great, casual evening with friends!

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ALX Creatives

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.

Raspberries + Mint

Limoncello Cocktail

Limoncello Cocktail

Sparkling raspberry limoncello cocktail perfect for refreshing supper sips.

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AlexPro9500

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.

Citrus Twist

Pomegranate Mimosa

Pomegranate Mimosa

Sweeten your holiday brunch with a refreshing mimosa made from pomegranate juice and a lemon twist.

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!

Fun Garnishes to Try

  • Candied ginger
  • Sugar cubes
  • Rock candy
  • Popsicles
  • Candied lemon rind
  • Whipped cream
  • Cotton candy
  • Spun sugar

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Lazy Sunday Mimosa

Classic spring hues are in full effect with this tangy mimosa that combines the flavors of pineapple and blood orange. My favorite part? The pink-sugared rims. Get the Recipe >>

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Savannah Fizz Cocktail

Celebrate warm-weather seasons with this refreshing libation inspired by Georgia's oldest city. Get the Recipe >>

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Pomegranate Mimosa

This two-step mimosa is almost too easy to make. Sweeten spring brunches with a refreshing drink made from pomegranate juice and a lemon twist. Get the Recipe >>

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 >>

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Sparkling Spring Sangria

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. Get the Recipe >>

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Rose + Mint Champagne Cocktail

Dried rosebuds, fresh mint, lime and champagne combine to make this beautiful and delicious addition to any celebration. 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 >>

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Pineapple Gin Punch

This refreshing gin punch is perfect for midday lounging. Plus, its pineapple twist is perfect for transitioning right into summer. Get the Recipe >>

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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 >>

Mojito Champagne Cocktail

This twist on the classic mojito makes it a perfect cocktail to pair with your favorite brunch. Maybe even brunch on the beach? Get the Recipe >>

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Peach + Champagne Cocktail

Make a simple and refreshing cocktail using champagne and white peaches. It's perfect for sharing or keeping to yourself. Get the Recipe >>

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Tea-Infused Champagne Cocktail

Infuse vodka with your favorite tea to create a new addition to your brunch table. Elderflower liqueur and champagne top off the concoction. Get the Recipe >>

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Watermelon Champagne Cocktail

Take advantage of peak watermelon season by making these refreshing cocktails with vanilla vodka, triple sec, lime juice and champagne. Get the Recipe >>

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Rose-Lemon Champagne Punch

This sparkling cocktail is crisp, refreshing and pretty to boot. Get the Recipe >>

Raspberry Mimosa

Raspberries, orange juice and champagne combine to create an easy yet delightfully reviving take on the classic mimosa. Get the Recipe >>

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Rosemary Champagne Fizz

Dress up your spring libations using clips straight from your garden. This fizzy, rosemary-infused cocktail is the perfect way to celebrate your green thumb. Get the Recipe >>

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