What To Mix With Champagne Besides Orange Juice

For many, the go-to choice for enjoying a glass of champagne is to pair it with orange juice, creating the classic and much-loved mimosa. Though mimosas are certainly a favorite, it’s also fun to explore other mixers to give your champagne a new twist. As a wine enthusiast, I’ve had the pleasure of experimenting with a range of mixers to craft unique and tasty champagne cocktails. In this piece, I’ll share with you some of my favorite substitutes for orange juice to mix with champagne, adding my own personal flair and insights.

1. Elderflower Liqueur

One of my go-to mixers for champagne is elderflower liqueur. The delicate floral notes of elderflower beautifully complement the effervescence of the champagne, creating a drink that is both elegant and refreshing. To make this cocktail, simply pour a splash of elderflower liqueur into a flute glass and top it off with chilled champagne. The result is a delightful and sophisticated beverage that is perfect for any occasion.

2. Fresh Fruit Purée

If you’re looking to add a burst of fruity flavor to your champagne, fresh fruit purées are an excellent choice. Whether it’s strawberry, raspberry, peach, or mango, the options are endless. To create your own fruit purée, simply blend your desired fruit with a touch of sugar until smooth. Strain the purée to remove any seeds or pulp, and then add a spoonful or two to your champagne glass before pouring in the bubbly. The combination of champagne and fresh fruit creates a vibrant and delicious drink that is sure to impress.

3. Herb-Infused Syrups

For a more complex and aromatic champagne cocktail, consider using herb-infused syrups. I love experimenting with different herbs like lavender, rosemary, and thyme to create unique flavor profiles. To make an herb-infused syrup, simply combine equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Add your chosen herbs and let them steep for about 10 minutes. Strain the syrup and let it cool before using. When ready to make your cocktail, add a splash of the herb-infused syrup to your champagne glass and top it off with champagne. The combination of the herbal notes and the bubbles creates a truly exquisite drink.

4. Bitters

Bitters are a versatile ingredient that can add depth and complexity to a champagne cocktail. Whether it’s classic aromatic bitters or more unique flavors like orange or lavender, a few dashes can transform a simple glass of champagne into a sophisticated and flavorful drink. Experiment with different combinations and find the one that suits your taste. Remember, a little bit goes a long way with bitters, so start with just a few dashes and adjust to your liking.

Conclusion

While the classic mimosa is undeniably delicious, there are so many other exciting options to explore when it comes to mixing champagne. From elderflower liqueur to fresh fruit purées, herb-infused syrups to bitters, the possibilities are endless. I hope these suggestions inspire you to get creative and try something new. Cheers to adding a personal touch to your champagne cocktails!