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No matter how you feel about a completely manufactured holiday, you have to admit that Valentine’s Day can be a fun excuse to drink. Be it drinking with your friends for fun, with your significant other to celebrate your love, or by yourself out of loneliness or boredom, it’s the perfect reason to enjoy a cocktail. What says “celebration” better than champagne? A lovely champagne cocktail, that’s what. Let’s take a look at our favorites!

Basic Champagne Cocktail

This is a classic, sure to please any palate. Bubbly with a hint of sweetness, you can’t go wrong!

• 1 sugar cube
• 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
• Brut champagne
• Lemon peel for garnish

Place a sugar cube in a chilled champagne flute
Add in 2 or 3 dashes of bitters
Fill the glass with brut champagne
Pop a lemon twist on top for garnish

Whiskey Spritz

This is a spunky, smooth cocktail, ideal for a chilly night by the fire.

• 1 1/2 oz. Japanese whiskey
• 1 3/4 oz. orange juice
• 1 1/2 tsp. apricot brandy
• 1 1/2 oz. sparkling wine
• 1 1/2 oz. club soda
• Grapefruit peel for garnish
• ½ strawberry for garnish

Combine the whiskey and orange juice in a large wine glass
Add 2 large, cracked ice cubes and stir
Add apricot brandy and additional cracked ice
Add sparkling wine and club soda and stir
Garnish with grapefruit peel and strawberry

Aperol Spritz

Refreshing and beautiful, this is the perfect romantic pairing for a date night in.

• 2 oz. Aperol
• 3 oz. prosecco
• 2 oz. club soda
• orange slices

Combine Aperol, prosecco, and club soda in a wine glass over ice
Garnish with fresh orange slices

French 75

This is one of the most perfect champagne matches of all. From the citrus to the sweetness, you’ll fall in love all over again.

• 2 oz. gin
• 1 tsp. fine sugar
• 1/2 oz. lemon juice
• 5 oz. brut champagne

Shake gin, lemon juice, and sugar well with ice in a cocktail shaker
Strain into a glass with ½ ice, then top with champagne

Blushing Mimosa

This adorable twist on the old standby would be a perfect match for a Galentine’s brunch.

• 2 oz. orange juice
• 1 oz. pineapple juice
• 2 tbsp. grenadine
• Brut champagne

Fill a champagne flute roughly 2/3 full of the juice mixture
Top with champagne and a splash of grenadine

Black Velvet

This unique take is a gorgeous choice for any celebration! It’s fizzy and dark, with just enough pizazz to impress.

• Guinness stout
• brut champagne

Half-fill a Collins glass with stout and slowly top with champagne
Stir gently to combine

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