Champagne Bowler

Classic Champagne Bowler Cocktail
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
229 Calories
1g Fat
26g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 229
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Protein 7g
Calcium 34mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Two wines, Cognac, and fresh strawberries combine for a sprightly Champagne bowler. It's a classic cocktail recipe that's definitely worth mixing up. Perfect for summer when strawberries are at their peak, it's one of the most refreshing brandy drinks you'll find and a beautiful way to dress up the average glass of wine.

This wine cocktail dates to at least the 1930s and '40s and uses both a white wine (e.g. Chardonnay) and Cognac topped with sparkling wine. The three grape-based ingredients are a wonderful foundation for a mash of sweetened strawberries. Since it's served without straining, you also get the full effect of the berries.


  • 3 strawberries (fresh; sliced)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce Cognac
  • 1 ounce white wine
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine (or enough to fill)
  • Garnish: fresh strawberries

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, add the strawberries and simple syrup.

  3. Muddle well.

  4. Fill the shaker halfway with ice.

  5. Add the Cognac and white wine.

  6. Shake well.

  7. Pour the contents of the shaker (including the ice) into a wine goblet.

  8. Top with sparkling wine.

  9. Garnish with a strawberry. Serve and enjoy!


  • Though the drink's name says Champagne, any sparkling wine will do just fine. You can actually save some money by going with something that doesn't carry the French label's esteem, including Italy's Prosecco or Spain's Cava.
  • Likewise, you don't need to pour Cognac and can choose any brandy you like.
  • When choosing the two wines, think about contrasting the profiles to create a balanced drink. For instance, choose a dry Pinot Grigio for the still wine and a sweet sparkling rosé. Or, go with a sweet still Moscato paired with a brut (dry) Champagne.
  • Rosé wines naturally have a subtle strawberry flavor, so going with that style for one of the wines is a great fit for this recipe.
  • Be sure to rinse the strawberries to remove any debris.
  • Cut off the stems and slice each berry into thirds to make them easier to muddle.

Recipe Variation

  • Use other types of fruits to create a personal bowler. A mix of raspberries and blackberries is fun, blueberries are a natural fit, and tropical fruits like mango and papaya can be muddled as well. You can even use melons or pineapple. Essentially, it's a fantastic choice for any seasonal fruit, so have fun with it.

How Strong Is a Champagne Bowler?

It's interesting to discover that the Champagne bowler ends up just as strong as the wines you pour into it. The berries, syrup, and ice offset the short shot of brandy, so its alcohol content is just 12 percent ABV (24 proof) when made with wines of the same strength.