The name Champagne and Chambord clearly states what you will find in this cocktail recipe. There are no surprises; it is simply a mixed drink of those two ingredients, and nothing else.
For all of its simplicity, this is a truly great Champagne cocktail, though. The black raspberry liqueur, Chambord, adds just a touch of rich, fruity sweetness that continues to allow you to appreciate the wine. It is a fabulous drink for romantic dinners or any occasion that requires a bit of bubbly to add to the celebration.
- 1 ounce Chambord
- 6 ounces Champagne (chilled, more or less to fill glass)
Gather the ingredients.
In a champagne flute, pour the Chambord.
Fill with chilled Champagne.
Serve and enjoy!
- Make this cocktail immediately before serving so the wine remains effervescent.
- If you're preparing a number of glasses for a party, pour the Chambord into each glass ahead of time. Then all you have to do it top each off with Champagne when you're ready to serve.
- No stirring is required with this cocktail. The bubbles from the wine will do all the mixing for you, so it's an incredibly easy drink to mix up.
- While Champagne is recommended for this drink, any sparkling wine will create a great cocktail. Italy's Prosecco, Spain's Cava, or a sparkling Rosè can be used in place of the Champagne.
- Chambord is a very sweet liqueur, so you might find it best to pair it with a drier wine. Any Champagne with "brut" on the label will be the driest and the best choice for this drink. An "extra dry" Champagne is a touch sweeter but retains a dryness and should maintain a fair balance. Most drinkers will find that a "demi-sec" is just too sweet for the liqueur.
- You might want to add a garnish to this cocktail. An elegant option is a long lemon or orange twist that drapes over the rim and floats inside the glass. You can also float a few raspberries, cranberries, or pomegranate seeds in the drink.
- Use this simple recipe as inspiration for other Champagne cocktails. Browse your liquor cabinet for similarly sweet fruit liqueurs or pick up a new bottle at the liquor store. Apple, lychee, mango, pear, pomegranate, and strawberry liqueurs would all work nicely as Chambord substitutes for various occasions and seasons.
- It's very easy to create a nonalcoholic version of this cocktail. Simply pour a raspberry syrup, then top it with a sparkling cider or grape juice. Grenadine can be used as well and will give your drink a pomegranate flavor.
How Strong Is This Drink?
If you were to pour a full 6 ounces of wine to fill a flute, you can expect this cocktail to have an alcohol content of about 13 percent ABV (26 proof). This is just one point higher than the average Champagne, so the Chambord does not make much of an impact in making the drink stronger.