So personally, I think Valentine’s day is a bit of a scam, unless your my husband and you're thinking you should buy me some jewelry, then I love it! What can I say, greeting cards and crowded restaurants just aren't for me. What is for me is Champagne, at any given opportunity. And what better way to try and make ourselves feel like we're still young and alive while sitting at home on Valentines day than Champagne? Why Champagne cocktails of course!
I know, I know, what kind of a monster am I that I think Champagne needs to be more special? Don’t, be afraid though, like most classic cocktails, it’s easy and delicious. Just think of it as the perfect way to perk up that so-so bottle of sparkling wine your going to last minute buy for your SO, a couple of sugar cubes and some bitters and bam! you’ve planned a thing, congratulations!
The classic version of the cocktail is made with Angostura Bitters, orangey-pink in color and has a surprising foaminess when you pour in the champagne. It has a slight bitter orange flavor from the bitters and a sweetness from the sugar cube. I of course had to put my own spin on this cocktail by switching out the Angostura bitters for some Bittercube Cherry Bark and Vanilla bitters. These bitters are more herbal and sweet and have a beautiful vanilla scent, the perfect alternative for someone who doesn't like traditional bitters.
Here is one of the simplest recipes you will ever encounter, ready?
Classic Champagne Cocktail
1 sugar cube
3-4 dashes Agostura Bitters
Put a sugar cube in a champagne flute, douse with bitters and top with Champagne! Take all of the credit as expert bar tender and all-around genius!
Happy Valentine's Day!