‘Tis the season for celebrations. Champagne cocktails offer a festive way to toast each and every one.

IN VOGUE…AGAIN
The champagne cocktail proves the classics never go out of style. Good sparkling wine can make a celebration out of any occasion. The current vogue for cocktails has revived interest in the champagne cocktail, and new versions of this classic are on bar menus all over Utah.

The Classic Champagne Cocktail Recipe:

3 oz. champagne or
sparkling wine
1/3 oz. cognac
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 sugar cube

Place the sugar cube in a champagne glass. Saturate with Angostura bitters. Add champagne and cognac. Enjoy.

BUDGET BUBBLIES
Three wallet-friendly bubblies when concocting a champagne cocktail.
1. Gruet Winery in New Mexico makes several styles of sparkling wine, but the flagship is the Gruet Brut, NV, a crisp but complex, classic wine; food-friendly, but great alone and a deal at $14.99.
2.  Simonnet-Febvre produces several made in the methode champenoise but called Cremant de Bourgogne. One of my faves is the 100% pinot noir, with a food-friendly sturdiness sometimes lacking in less expensive bubblies. $18.99
3.  Gloria Ferrer’s newish sparkler, Va de Vi Ultra Cuvee, is slightly sweet at first sip, but the sugar fades immediately to a tart fruit flavor with a toasty backbone. $17.99