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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The cotton candy provides a super sweet color to the cocktail, which lends itself to the Valentine holiday. FUN, Fun, fun!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Save the good stuff when you are drinking it on its own, enjoying the crisp, clean, deep flavors. Salud!
“Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life.”