Champagne but better! | How to Drink

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Happy New Year! Here are some fun ways to enjoy champagne on New Years Eve, or anytime really.

1855-ish Champagne Cocktail:
Fill a tumbler with cracked ice
Put in 2 bar spoons of simple syrup
2 dashes of angostura bitters
Stir to incorporate
Top with Martini Rossi Asti

1898-ish Champagne Cocktail:
Soak sugar cube in bitters
Place soaked sugar cube at the bottom of a coupe
In mixing glass stir .5 oz -or- 15 ml of Cognac in ice to chill (Pierre Ferrand)
Strain cognac around sugar cube
Top with dry champagne (Chandon Brut)
Optional Additions:
Bar spoon of simple
Few dashes of Ango
Twist of lemon

Prince of Whales Cocktail:
In shaking tin
.25 oz -or- 8 ml Simple Syrup
1 cube of pineapple
1 bar spoon of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
A single dash of Angostura bitters
1.5 oz -or- 45 ml Rye (Old Forester)
Add ice and shake
Double strain into coupe
Top off with brut (Chandon Brut)
Garnish with twist of lemon

The Chicago Cocktail:
Cover a coupe with lemon juice and frost with sugar
In shaker
Dash of angostura bitters
Dash of Curaçao (Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao)
.75 oz -or- 22 ml Cognac (Pierre Ferrand)
Add ice and shake
Strain into frosted coupe
Top with Half Brut and Half Asti

00:00 – Opener
00:24 – Champagne Cocktail Intro
00:50 – 1855-ish Champagne Cocktail
02:59 – 1898-ish Champagne Cocktail
06:25 – Ways to improve the 1898-ish Champagne Cocktail
07:52 – Prince of Whales Cocktail
12:07 – The Chicago Cocktail
15:40 – Final thoughts

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21 thoughts on “Champagne but better! | How to Drink”

  1. What are your thoughts on Champagne being mangled into cocktails? Or does it just give you a headache like me?
    Champagne Cocktail:
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  2. I tried and enjoyed the 1885-ish champagne cocktail. I wound up making my own variation on it, which is probably not terribly creative, but here it is: I substituted orange Oleo saccharum for the simple syrup and orange bitters for the Angostura. To me, it tasted a lot like what a mimosa wants to be but never can attain.

  3. I'm sure you know but. you could have pourd the champagne down the mixing spoon so it wouldn't foam at all. that's why it's spiral

  4. Queen Victoria's son the Prince of Wales was called Bertie before he became king. There is a quite delightfully Brash song called Dirty Bertie that should not be listen to around young children or anyone prone to reciting lyrics that they've heard recently. But it's definitely worth listening to on your own.

    Pineapple would still stupid expensive in Queen Victoria's reign. So putting pineapple in anything is definitely a "I have the bank to actually consume and even serve pineapple to my guests" classic rich man showing off trick.

  5. I love a champagne cocktail! My grandma always ordered them 🙂 i was hanging out with my dad the other week and he tried to order one at a bar and they didn't know what it was

  6. Hello there. As a French I feel so insulted by this video. I'm sorry for you but Asti and Chandon are VERY FAR from being Champagne. Totally different taste, culture of wine and even country for one ! Champagne can only be produce in Champagne Region. In Europe (in general because only Americans do what you did) we DON'T mix champagne. You drink it in antipasti most of the time, or with your dessert. You can even do the full lunch woith if you have different type of it (Blanc de blanc, blanc de noir, …) Moreover you mix crappy Mousseux (that's the REAL terme for this beverage or Sparkling wine) with expensiv cognac. It's like sand in the tank of a Ferrari… So for me you can choose between calling this Sparkling Wine mix… Or doing it but with real champagne ! Taste will be far better also ! Is Bourbon same as Scotch as Rye ? NO ! So why are your calling this Champagne ? With this type of video, American people get confuse and buy afterthought crappy sparkling wine very expensiv thinking that's Champ !

  7. Can we get a list of music that plays in the background, especialy in the videos with classic cocktails, those jazzy prohibition wibe style music…it's awesome, great choice

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