cotton candy champagne cocktail

Hello friends!  I am sharing a fun and pretty cocktail today that is fabulous for any celebration but it’s perfection for the upcoming Valentine’s Day festivities.

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The classic champagne cocktail includes a sugar cube soaked in angostura bitters at the bottom of a glass which is submerged in champagne  | sparkling wine and topped with a citrus peel, which can either be a lemon or orange twist.  The bitters counteract the sweetness of the sugar cube.

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For a fun twist on the classic, we use cotton candy instead of the sugar cube.  Simply add a couple of drops of the bitters at the bottom of the glass, fill it with champagne | sparkling wine, and then top it off with a handful of cotton candy.

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This particular cotton candy is champagne flavored, which I found at Target, but I would be inclined that any cotton candy would do the trick.

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I followed the traditional champagne cocktail recipe ratios by placing a few drops of aromatic bitters at the bottom of the glass, counteracting the sweetness of the cotton candy, which also adds depth of flavors.  

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The cotton candy provides a super sweet color to the cocktail, which lends itself to the Valentine holiday.  FUN, Fun, fun!

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I was hoping the cotton candy would float and hover on the champagne | sparkling wine but it sunk super fast, which gave the cocktail its fun, rich color and super sweet flavor.

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These cotton candy champagne cocktails are the perfect way to start your Valentine’s Day celebration or as a super yummy dessert | night cap to your romantic evening.

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When it comes to cocktails, I don’t lean towards the sweet side so I was worried this might be too sweet for my palette.  I prevented the over sweetness though by including the bitters for balance and using a brut sparkling wine.  You can also use a dry sparkling wine | champagne if you don’t want it to be too sweet.  On the other hand, if you are a sweet soul, I would recommend using a prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, which tends to be sweet on it’s own. 

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When mixing sparkling wine | champagne it’s not necessary to use a spendy sparkling wine.  A modestly priced bottle is perfect for this type of drink.

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Save the good stuff when you are drinking it on its own, enjoying the crisp, clean, deep flavors.  Salud!

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“Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life.”

~Charles Dickens~

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