My husband’s 3 ingredient Vintage Champagne Cocktail is perfect for entertaining all year round, but especially on New Year’s Eve. With lots of bubbles to keep things festive, the warm kick of brandy and a hint of citrus, it is sure to delight. This year more than ever we all need a little something to toast the fresh start New Year’s Eve offers.
This Vintage Champagne Cocktail takes just minutes to make and has only 3 ingredients – champagne, brandy, and orange liqueur (Grand Mariner, Triple Sec or Cointreau). When we’ve been on a tight budget as many of us are at the moment, we have used Prosecco instead of champagne and it works very well. The champagne does make it extra special, but let’s face it, this year more than ever many of us need a more frugal option.
What’s Special About This Recipe?
There are lots of other recipes out there, but my husband’s Champagne Cocktail is my favourite because of the wonderful balance of flavours.
Personally, I find that champagne cocktails that contain a sugar cube or bitters can sometimes be either a little too sweet or tart, respectively. In my husband’s 3 Ingredient Vintage Champagne Cocktail, the warmth of the brandy perfectly balances the sweet citrus. And let’s face it, you can never go wrong with bubbles.
A word of warning – this Vintage Champagne Cocktail has got a powerful alcoholic kick. It’s definitely a drink for sipping, and I never have more than one. If I fancy another glass, I go on to straight champagne.
My husband has been making this recipe for over 30 years, and it’s definitely a real part of our shared memories. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do. This year we’ll be drinking to a Happy, Healthy New Year for us all.
Vintage Champagne Cocktail – Printable Recipe
3 Ingredient Vintage Champagne Cocktail Recipe
- 3 ounces brandy
- 4 ounces of Triple Sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier
- 1 bottle champagne or prosecco
- You need 4 champagne glasses. My husband prefers to use champagne coupes, although champagne flutes work well too.
- Pour ¾ ounce of brandy into the bottom of each glass.
- Pour an ounce of Triple Sec or Cointreau into each glass over the brandy. Do not stir.
- Top up with champagne.
- Please note, unless your glasses are very large, there will be leftover champagne, but I have never seen this as a problem!