Category Archives: Champagne & Bubbly

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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The Commodore

St. Patrick’s Day celebrates one of Ireland’s patron saints; St. Patrick. But honestly most U.S. merrymakers are more focused on wearing green and making certain they are on the party bus with the most Irish pub stops. Though St. Patrick’s Day is not a federal holiday, it is a national phenomenon. It’s also a day (or evening) some significantly call “amateur night.”

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day

You’ve heard it before, but please party your heart out, tip your bartenders and servers and for pity’s sake, make arrangements for sober drivers and cabs.

Commodore 079 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

The Commodore – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 ounce Spiced Rum

1 ounce Irish Whiskey

1 ounce Apple Juice

1/8 ounce Agave Nectar

1-1/2 ounce Brut Champagne

Apple Wedge Garnish – optional

Combine all liquids except champagne in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled champagne flute. Top with brut champagne. Garnish with apple slice if desired.

Barefoot Brut Champagne and Shellback Spiced Rum were used during the creation of this recipe, but feel free to use spirits and bubblies you keep on hand.

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4 Champagne & Orange Juice Cocktails

A Buck’s Fizz by any other name is what most Americans know as a Mimosa. This Sunday brunch staple may well be the most commonly known Champagne cocktail. The Buck’s Fizz or Mimosa is a simply elegant cocktail which turns an ordinary breakfast into an invitation for leisurely conversation.

The Buck’s Fizz originated in 1921 with barman, Pat McGarry, the first bartender of the famous Buck’s Club in London. McGarry is also the recognized creator of the original Sidecar cocktail. Captain H. J. Buckmaster established the Buck’s Club in 1919. He wanted an American Cocktail Bar rather than the stuffy traditional gentlemen’s clubs in existence at the time. He must have hit upon something, because the Buck’s Club made its way into contemporary fiction writing and has hit Hollywood’s big screen.

With only two ingredients, Champagne and orange juice, the Buck’s Fizz is an easy preparation. A Buck’s Fizz is heavier on orange juice than the Mimosa version that followed a few short years later, making its appearance at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1925. Both are very similar, the difference being only in the ratios of Champagne to orange juice. If Champagne is not available or desired, sparkling wine or Prosecco may be used. Fresh orange juice is always a plus, but is not absolutely necessary to make either of these cocktails a winning combination.

PJ Mimosa copyright Cheri Loughlin

Buck’s Fizz

4 ounces Orange Juice

2 ounces Champagne

Pour chilled orange juice in chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with float of grenadine and maraschino cherry if desired.

Mimosa

2 ounces Orange Juice

4 ounces Champagne

Pour chilled orange juice in chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with float of grenadine and maraschino cherry if desired.

Barman Frank Meier or the Ritz Bar created an alternate version to the Mimosa calling it a Valencia.

Valencia

1 ounce Orange Juice

1/2 ounce Apricot Liqueur

5 ounces Champagne

Orange Spiral Garnish

Pour chilled orange juice and apricot liqueur in chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with orange spiral.

Yet another version of this ever popular cocktail is the French Mimosa using Grand Marnier. Cointreau or other Premium Orange Liqueur may be used as a substitute as well.

French Mimosa

1 ounce Orange Juice

1/2 ounce Premium Orange Liqueur

5 ounces Champagne

Orange Spiral Garnish

Orange Bitters – optional

Place chilled orange juice and orange liqueur in chilled champagne flute. Add orange bitters if desired. Top with champagne. Garnish with orange spiral.

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