What champagne works for cocktails?
Last year for a party I did different champagne cocktails and the liquor store owner convinced me to buy a cheaper champagne than I would have since he said the dryness doesn't work in mixing. I did so but I've wondered since - what champagne works best in a cocktail? Anybody have any experience/opinion to share? I'm thinking I'll do more champagne cocktails soon!
It doesn't make sense to use a premium champagne for cocktails since subtle nuances will be lost to whatever you are mixing in. But there is no reason why a dry champagne wouldn't be preferable...it really depends on what you are making. Kir Royale? French 75? And whether you like sweet cocktails vs dry. Since the champagne is a big part of most of these drinks, you dont want to choose one that is bad on its own...one that is acceptable on its own will probably do. Since Champagne (as in from France) costs a lot more than sparklings from many other places, you might do well with a dry prosecco from Italy, cava from Spain, Cremant de Bourgogne from France, or a decent American "champagne".
For real Champagne I love Nicolas Feuillatte on its own or in cocktails since it is yeasty and dry.
A great Champagne cocktail we made for New Year's eve was the "French 77":
1 oz St Germain elderflower liquer
1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
fill flute with Champagne