Everyone loves a little champers (or one of its sisters like prosecco and cava). It’s a happy, celebratory thing that, when mixed with the right ingredients, becomes a rather dreamy, bubbly nectar. Call me corny for loving the champagne cocktail, and definitely label me a total girl, but I think it’s time to give champagne cocktails their due.
I was inspired by my tasting of the Sparkling Rose, a new cocktail hitting the list at Smith’s next week (you heard it hear first, folks!). It’s like taking a sip of spring itself. Smith’s resident mixologist Scott Dansby offered up the ingredients: muddled raspberry, lychee and rose syrups, lime zest and prosecco. It’s $14, and you get an added treat- a raspberry-rose macaroon from Sweet Chick Boutique Patisserie.
Here are a few other cocktails from my favorite bars/lounges, all of whom are doing their part to take champers to a new level of awesome, due in part to their clever little names…
Bemelman’s Bar 35 E. 76th St, UES (wildly expensive but the atmosphere and snack tray makes it so worth it)
The Champino: Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Lemon, Champagne
Employees Only 510 Hudson St, West Village
Kumquat Sangaree: Kumquats candied with Allspice, blended with demi-sec Mumm’s $18
Marlow and Sons 81 Broadway, Williamsburg (cocktails $9 each)
The Gay Monday: Gin, Grapefruit, Lime, Egg White, Sparkling Wine
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Wild Turkey Rye, Fernet Branca, Sparkling Wine, Orange
Bubble Lounge (champagne cocktails $16)
Paris Blossom: Champagne Henriot Brut and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Champagne Cocktail: Enrico Prosecco , Sugar Cube, Brandy, Grand Marnier & Angostura Bitters
Death and Company (champagne cocktails $14)
Dark’n’Bubbly: Champagne, Gosling Dark Rum, Curried Ginger Syrup, Fresh Lime Juice
North by Northwest: Champagne, Aviation Gin, Fresh Lemon Juice, St. George Absinthe
Miss Behavin’: Champagne, Clear Creek Pear Brandy, Laird’s Bonded Applejack, Fresh Lemon Juice
Public 210 Elizabeth St, Nolita (champagne cocktails $12)
Fig and Vanilla Bellini: Prosecco with vanilla and fresh fig
Pear and Lemongrass Fizz: Grey Goose La Poire vodka, pear juice, lemongrass, lemon juice and prosecco
Freeman’s, end of Freeman’s Alley off Rivington, LES (all cocktails $12)
French 75: so classic. Gin, lemon juice, champagne
I also suggest visiting one of the following for fantastic cocktails (their menus weren’t available online and I was afraid of butchering the ingredients): Little Branch, Lower East Side Company Bar, PDT, Randolph and Pegu.