Champagne, or if you prefer, ‘sparkling wine’ – the beverage favoured by everyone from royals to rappers – is a cocktail’s best friend.
It’s important to match your bubbles to the occasion, for example, when it comes to the it-drink of the summer, the Aperol Spritz, you should use a good Prosecco – its dryness lends itself perfectly to the drink.
If you want to use a good Australian sparkling, look for labels from Tasmania and Victoria’s King Valley wine region for some of Australia’s stand-out champagnes.
Otherwise, the Champagne region of France is the most prestigious and therefore it demands a higher price. But there is plenty of value to be found from other French regions. The Crémant style is particularly delicious in drinks and its lesser-known status keeps the price well below its Champagne-based counterparts.
Try these tasty, super-fancy numbers:
15mls Schweppes Soda Water
Build this drink in your favourite, oversized wine glass. Add all the ingredients over loads of ice and garnish with the orange wedge.
20mls fresh lime juice
Add all ingredients (except the champagne) to a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice and give it a good, hard shake. Double strain into a champagne stem and slowly fill with the champagne or sparkling of your choice.