Category Archives: Champagne & Bubbly

Champagne cocktails and those with a bit of sparkling bubbly fit the bill rather nicely with these drink recipes.

Black Pearl Champagne Cocktail

The Black Pearl champagne cocktail is lush tasting with dark, rich color. It is easy to make with three liquid ingredients and simple maraschino cherry garnish.

Black Pearl is an easy 3 ingredient drink – ideal for brunches, holidays and Pirate themed Halloween parties.

Champagne is one of the ultimate celebratory drinks. It is bubbly, tickles the nose and just feels festive. It’s perfect! So why mess with perfection? Because we can! There are also many opportunities to host celebratory parties and events in the months ahead. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all offer numerous occasions to bust out the bubbly. It’s time to start planning ahead for those brunches, lunches and parties that wake the dead.

The Black Pearl champagne cocktail is lush tasting with dark, rich color. It is easy to make with three liquid ingredients and simple maraschino cherry garnish. Make the Black Pearl even easier to serve to a group by making the cognac and coffee liqueur base ahead of time so it is ready to serve with one pour. This is a perfect drink for pirate themed Halloween parties. You could also include the Pirate’s Punch, Scarlet Pirate, South Pacific drinks for on the rocks sipping and the Wench’s Sister shot for pure fun.

Black Pearl Champagne Recipe

Black Pearl

1 ounce Cognac

1 ounce Coffee Liqueur

3 ounces Brut Champagne

Maraschino Cherry

Place a maraschino cherry in the bottom of a champagne flute. Combine cognac and coffee liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into the champagne flute over the maraschino cherry. Top with chilled brut champagne.

Make this ahead of time in batch quantity with the following directions:

1 – 750ml Bottle Brut Champagne – chilled

Combine the following in a glass bottle with lid:

9 ounces Cognac

9 ounces Coffee Liqueur

4-1/2 ounces Distilled Water*

Refrigerate until well chilled and ready to serve. *Addition of distilled water takes the place of shaking individual servings with ice. This small amount of water compensates for the dilution factor or shaking with ice.

When ready to serve add the following to each glass:

1 Maraschino Cherry

2-1/2 ounces Cognac & Coffee Liqueur mixture

2-3/4 to 3 ounces Brut Champagne

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Scarlet Sunset

Scarlet Sunset Cocktail - Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Pink Moscato Bubbly, Jager Herbal Liqueur, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice Cocktail, Peach Garnish

Scarlet Sunset Cocktail – Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Pink Moscato Bubbly, Jager Herbal Liqueur, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice Cocktail, Peach Garnish

Pink Moscato Bubbly and Jager. Yes. I said it. You know why this works? Because in its humblest form it began as a little red head you wouldn’t want to take home to your momma. Check out that link and you’ll find the little red head in all her glory.

You see, shots are little pistols full of potent flavor. They beg for more than 15 seconds of fame in the evening with vague recollection in the morning. There are so many fabulous tasting shots that are wasted on a quick throw back down the hatch. They need a little recreational remix for decorum purposes. Adjust proportions, add a mixer or bubbly topper and change the glass.

The Scarlet Sunset cocktail is definitely a drink you can take home to your mother, serve your boss or sip with your significant other. Scarlet Sunset contains deep spice and peach flavor. Its beautiful dark hue reminds me of a scarlet colored Manhattan. The base ingredients have been readjusted and fine-tuned to work with the cherry citrus flavors in the sweet Pink Moscato Bubbly. This cocktail tickles your nose and tickles your fancy. It’s excellent for Girls Night Out, Mother’s Day Brunch or an evening with someone special.

Scarlet Sunset Cocktail Recipe

Scarlet Sunset Cocktail - Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Pink Moscato Bubbly, Jager Herbal Liqueur, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice Cocktail, Peach Garnish

Scarlet Sunset Cocktail

Scarlet Sunset – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Barefoot Pink Moscato Bubbly

1 ounce Jägermeister Herbal Liqueur

1/2 ounce Peach Schnapps

1-1/4 ounce Cranberry Juice Cocktail

Peach Slice Garnish

Combine liqueur, schnapps and juice in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Top with Barefoot Pink Moscato Bubbly. Garnish with fresh or frozen peach slice.

This Scarlet Sunset recipe was commissioned by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Barefoot Wine & Bubbly on this site and at BarefootWine.com and by following Barefoot Wine on Facebook.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Beach 75

Beach 75 is a happy medium combination recipe of the Mimosa and Buck’s Fizz classic champagne cocktails. This variation weighs in at 6 ounces, 75 calories. Full size cocktail, full flavor.

Beach 75 is a happy medium combination recipe of the Mimosa and Buck’s Fizz classic champagne cocktails. This variation weighs in at 6 ounces, 75 calories. Full size cocktail, full flavor.

After weeks of indulgent desserts and holiday feasts it is definitely time to take a look at lower calorie drink choices. Everyone wants a bikini ready body by the time beach season rolls around. But no one likes slapping the word diet on Happy Hour time. Cocktails should always be about having fun with friends and consuming flavors you enjoy.

Small adjustments can make a huge difference without sacrificing flavor. Modify portion sizes and use alternative sweeteners. Your high calorie cocktails will be easily low calorie delicious with a few minor substitutions.

The Mimosa and Buck’s Fizz drinks are breakfast and brunch staples, but thes cocktails make ideal evening refresher drinks. Bubbly drinks make Happy Hour even more festive. No one will know you are watching your waistline, but they will have their on your figure. You go girl!

Champagne contains approximately 19 calories per 1 ounce. Tropicana Trop50 Orange Juice contains 6 calories per 1 ounce. You can find these calorie counts and more on the Counting Calories chart found on this site.

Beach 75 Low Calorie Cocktail Recipe

Beach 75 is a happy medium combination recipe of the Mimosa and Buck’s Fizz classic champagne cocktails. This variation weighs in at 6 ounces, 75 calories. Full size cocktail, full flavor.

Beach 75 – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

3 ounces Tropicana Trop50 Orange Juice

3 ounces Brut Champagne – chilled

Place Trop50 in chilled champagne flute. Top with chilled champagne. Stir briefly with stir stick.

Beach 75 is a happy medium combination recipe of the Mimosa and Buck’s Fizz classic champagne cocktails. This variation weighs in at 6 ounces, 75 calories. Full size cocktail, full flavor.

All content ©2013 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Red White and Blue 4th of July Drinks

Fireworks from 4th of July party - posted in Red White and Blue 4th of July Drinks with 3 red white and blue drink recipes - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Fireworks from 4th of July party – posted in Red White and Blue 4th of July Drinks with 3 red white and blue drink recipes – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

4th of July entertaining should be fun and easy. Having a few red, white and blue drink recipes on hand for the day isn’t such a bad idea either. Red white and blue drinks add a splash of festive color to the occasion without purchasing ‘extra’ decorations. There are three red white and blue drinks below; one low calorie drink with full calorie option, one shot and one bubbly drink. Keep an eye on the website for more 4th of July recipe posts this week or scroll the 4th of July tab for previous recipes.

Royal Raelene Red Low Calorie Drink Recipe

Royal Raelene Low Calorie Drink 4th of July Red White Blue Cocktails with Charbay Ruby Red Raspberry Vodka, Light Cranberry Juice, Pomegranate Juice and Club Soda. Approximately 92.5 calories - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Royal Raelene Low Calorie Drink 4th of July Red White Blue Cocktails with Charbay Ruby Red Raspberry Vodka, Light Cranberry Juice, Pomegranate Juice and Club Soda. Approximately 92.5 calories – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

I chose Charbay Red Raspberry Vodka because Charbay does an excellent job infusing vibrant flavor into their vodka. The extra kick of fruited flavor fusion in the vodka means less need for additional fruits and sugars in the cocktail ingredients. It also means you can lower the alcohol intake and still get total raspberry flavor! Win win! The Royal Raelene drink is a deeply fruited, garnet colored drink meant for lingering refreshment. It is perfect for 4th of July summer entertaining.

Royal Raelene – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 ounce Charbay Red Raspberry Vodka

3 ounce Light Cranberry Juice

1/2 ounce Pomegranate Juice

2 ounces Club Soda

Fresh Raspberries Garnish – optional

Combine liquids in goblet or stemless wine glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with fresh raspberries if desired.Squeeze in one lime wedge for twinge of tangy excitement and add only 2 extra calories.

Calorie count for this drink is approximate since I don’t have the exact calories for Charbay Vodka. However based upon other flavored vodka estimations of calories this drink should be within the 92.5 calorie range as written.

Calories don’t concern you? No problem! Increase Charbay Red Raspberry Vodka to 1-1/2 ounce and use regular Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice instead.

Endless Summer White Shot Recipe

The Endless Summer Shot tastes like a chilled pineapple creamsicle. Made with silver rum, triple sec, half & half and pineapple juice. - recipe and photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Endless Summer Shot tastes like a chilled pineapple creamsicle. Made with silver rum, triple sec, half & half and pineapple juice. – recipe and photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

I don’t know about you, but I wish every summer was an Endless Summer. Just put me on a beach with my toes in the sand listening to the waves as they roll on in. Yes. That’s exactly my idea of the perfect year round, endless summer.

The Endless Summer Shot tastes like a chilled pineapple creamsicle. It could only be better if it were served on that beach I mentioned above.

Endless Summer Shot – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1/2 ounce Silver Rum

1/4 ounce Triple Sec

1/2 ounce Half & Half

1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice

Pineapple Piece Garnish – optional

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into shot glass. Garnish with pineapple piece if desired.

Lava Lamp Blue Bubbly Recipe

Lava Lamp blue drink appropriate for 4th of July celebrations - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Lava Lamp blue drink appropriate for 4th of July celebrations – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

I asked for help naming this recipe on The Intoxicologist Facebook page. There were many fabulous answers, but one caught my eye. The name might not be 4th of July related, but it just seemed appropriate for the look of this particular drink. Lava Lamp sounds more 70’s era than 4th of July fireworks, but the blue hue has got you covered for red white and blue cocktails.

Lava Lamp – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

3/4 ounce Blue Curacao

1/4 ounce Grenadine

4 ounces Barefoot Brut Cuvee

Maraschino Cherry Garnish – optional

Combine blue curacao and grenadine in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into champagne flute. Top with Barefoot Brut Cuvee. Garnish with sunken maraschino cherry.

Lava Lamp is a recipe I originally created for Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. View it on their website as the Barefoot Bubbly Winter Wonder. Seeing both recipes in different contexts shows you the versatility of drinks. You don’t have to scramble for new recipes for every occasion. Use a different glass for presentation, rename a drink with something clever to fit the occasion or use a different garnish to give the drink a new look.

All content ©2013 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Enjoy a Toast with Bubbly Champagne

Enjoy a toast with some bubbly champagne.

There are many reasons to raise a glass and enjoy a toast or two throughout the year. We celebrate engagements, weddings, anniversaries and promotions with a bottle of bubbly, a few words and clink of the glass. We brunch with friends and enjoy a toast over Mimosas and French 75’s and laugh about the “remember when” times. There are so many moments in life to celebrate; it seems a shame to reserve bubbly for just the highlights.

Bust out the bubbly and enjoy a toast to sunshine, laughter, relaxing with a good book or simply enjoying the sparkling fizz tickle your nose.

Enjoy a Toast with The Duchess

Enjoy a toast with The Duchess - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Enjoy a toast with The Duchess – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Duchess – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 ounce Apricot Brandy

3/4 ounce Orange Juice

1/4 ounce Peach Schnapps

3 ounces Brut Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Peach Slice Garnish

Combine brandy, orange juice and peach schnapps in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into champagne flute. Top with Brut Champagne or Sparkling Wine. Garnish with fresh or frozen peach slices.

Champagne Terms and What They Mean

Hibiscus flowers in champagne flutes. Spanish Cava in champagne bucket. - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Hibiscus flowers in champagne flutes. Spanish Cava in champagne bucket. – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

  • Méthode Champenoise, Champagne Method and Méthod Traditionnelle mean a sparkling wine is produced in the manner of traditional champagne, but cannot be designated as champagne because it does not come from the Champagne region.
  • Cava is sparkling wine from Spain
  • Spumante is sparkling wine from Italy
  • Blanc de noirs is French for “white from black” or white wine from black grapes. Black or dark red grapes have white flesh and dark skins. The champagne is usually pale yellow to silver toned.
  • Blanc de blancs is French for “white from white.” These champagnes are almost always made from Chardonnay grapes with rare exceptions.
  • Rosé or Pink Champagne is produced by either allowing the clear juices to briefly macerate with the darker grape skins or by adding a small amount of red wine during blending.
  • Brut means there are less than 12 grams of residual sugar per liter
  • Extra Dry is slightly sweeter than Brut with 12 to 17 grams of residual sugar per liter
Hold champagne flute at an angle when pouring champagne into glass. - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Hold champagne flute at an angle when pouring champagne into glass. – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Champagne’s ideal drinking temperature is 45 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit

A properly chilled bottle of champagne is less likely to spew when opened. This is why it is important to chill champagne in a champagne bucket with ice and water before opening.

Hold champagne flute at an angle when pouring champagne into glass. This preserves the most bubbles.

Post sponsored by Wine Chateau – All commentary and opinion by Cheri Loughlin

Cheri Loughlin Beverage Consultant & Photography Services

All content ©2013 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com