The French sparkle is a delightful raspberry and mango Champagne cocktail that's sure to add a bright touch to any celebration. It's designed for meant-to-impress occasions. Yet, for all its sophisticated sparkle, you'll have the secret satisfaction of knowing it's one of the easiest drinks to concoct.
This recipe was created by Chambord to promote Chambord-Flavored Vodka. It was a brilliant vodka released in 2012 that featured the unmistakable taste of the same black raspberries found in the famous liqueur. Unfortunately, it was a short-lived product, though you might still be able to find it at a few liquor stores.
You can still enjoy the French sparkle, though. It simply requires an adaptation and there are a couple of options. The easiest is to use another raspberry-flavored vodka; Absolut, New Amsterdam, Smirnoff, and Svedka are just a few brands that offer the flavor. Any will pair wonderfully with the mango nectar and sparkling wine for an invigorating, fruity cocktail that's sure to please your guests.
- 1 ounce raspberry vodka
- 2 ounces mango nectar
- 1 ounce Champagne
- Garnish: mango slice
- Garnish: black raspberry
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker, shake the vodka and mango nectar with ice.
Top with Champagne.
Garnish with a mango slice and a black raspberry.
- As with any cocktail that calls for Champagne, you do not necessarily have to pour that particular sparkling wine. It's simply the best-known, but there are many great options that can actually save a little money.
- Italy's Prosecco is a fantastic choice that's known for vivacious bubbles and Spain's Cavas are excellent as well (both tend to be less expensive than French Champagne). This drink would also work very well with a sparkling rosé, which is known for hints of strawberry flavors that are lovely against raspberry and mango.
- Mango nectar is relatively easy to find at grocers. It tends to be sold in 12-ounce cans and can be found with other nectars near the fruit juices.
- For party service, you can certainly mix up a large batch of the vodka-nectar combination ahead of time. Store it in the refrigerator until needed. Always add the wine at the last minute so your guests can enjoy the full sparkle.
- As an alternative to the raspberry vodka, mix up the French sparkle with clear vodka and Chambord. For this adaptation, try 1 ounce of vodka, 1/2 ounce of Chambord, and 1 1/2 ounces of mango nectar.
- If you skip the mango nectar, you will have a cocktail called Champagne and Chambord.
How Strong Is a French Sparkle?
Most raspberry vodkas are bottled at 70 proof and sparkling wines tend to be around 13 percent ABV. Using those two numbers, the French sparkle mixes up to an alcohol content around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). That's a delightfully relaxing strength for a casual cocktail.