Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail

The storied Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail is a glitzy cocktail worthy of celebration! The marriage of bourbon whiskey, champagne, orange and cocktail bitters is a festive way to toast both the holidays and the new year. Cheers!

The storied Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail is a glitzy cocktail worthy of celebration! The marriage of bourbon whiskey, champagne, orange and cocktail bitters is a festive way to toast both the holidays and the new year. Cheers! (via feastandwest.com)

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You can never have enough champagne cocktail recipes up your sleeve, if you ask me.

Champagne is delicious on its own, of course, but using it as an ingredient in cocktails takes it to the next level.

This Elderflower French 75 Cocktail is always a huge hit. I’m also a fan of my Champagne Cocktail Bar (with homemade sugar cubes to boot!). Bubbly is always so fun for parties!

The storied Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail is a glitzy cocktail worthy of celebration! The marriage of bourbon whiskey, champagne, orange and cocktail bitters is a festive way to toast both the holidays and the new year. Cheers! (via feastandwest.com)

Whiskey Champagne Cocktail

Typically, champagne cocktails star vodka or gin as their base, and are topped with bubbly champagne. But have you ever wondered if there is a whiskey champagne cocktail? Well… there is!

The last two years, my local ladies’ whiskey club served the Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail for our holiday party.

It’s too delicious not to share. I mean, bourbon and champagne? Yes please!

An unexpected combo, yes, but it’s one that’s both robust and delicate at once.

The storied Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail is a glitzy cocktail worthy of celebration! The marriage of bourbon whiskey, champagne, orange and cocktail bitters is a festive way to toast both the holidays and the new year. Cheers! (via feastandwest.com)

History of the Seelbach Champagne Cocktail

This cocktail has an interesting tale.

Many report it’s a cocktail that’s been served at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Ky. — the very one in The Great Gatsby — since the 1800s or early 1900s.

But The New York Times reports that tale is a fake made up by the Seelbach Hotel bartender who invented the cocktail in the 1990s.

Whatever the story — this drink is a lovely, festive sipper.

The storied Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail is a glitzy cocktail worthy of celebration! The marriage of bourbon whiskey, champagne, orange and cocktail bitters is a festive way to toast both the holidays and the new year. Cheers! (via feastandwest.com)

How to make a seelbach bourbon champagne cocktail

It’s quirky but elegant mix that’s equal parts Manhattan and champagne cocktail. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • champagne or sparkling wine
  • bourbon whiskey
  • triple sec
  • an orange
  • Angostura bitters
  • Peychaud’s bitters

First, pick a prosecco or champagne or cava or whatever sparkling wine you desire. Stuck? Here’s your Sparkling Wine 101.

Then, pick your bourbon. Bulleit for something sweeter and lighter, but Woodford Reserve and Old Forrester are great too.

Here’s your Bourbon 101 if you want some more tips for bourbon shopping. 

Lastly, you’ll need to pick up an orange, triple sec (Cointreau is my favorite) and cocktail bitters.

Specifically: Angostura bitters and Peychaud’s bitters.

The storied Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail is a glitzy cocktail worthy of celebration! The marriage of bourbon whiskey, champagne, orange and cocktail bitters is a festive way to toast both the holidays and the new year. Cheers! (via feastandwest.com)

I wanted you to have at least one more cocktail to consider for your holiday gatherings this weekend. Or you can save the Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail for New Year’s Eve. 

If you have whiskey drinkers in your family who are also champagne drinkers, they will love this one.

(And if they’re not into champagne, this Kentucky Mule Cocktail Recipe serves all the bourbony bubbly punch without the champs.)

Everyone needs some champagne cocktail inspiration, after all! Cheers, y’all! // susannah 

The storied Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail is a glitzy cocktail worthy of celebration! The marriage of bourbon whiskey, champagne, orange and cocktail bitters is a festive way to toast both the holidays and the new year. Cheers! (via feastandwest.com)

P.S. Don’t you just love those napkins? My friends at Minted sent the gorgeous Marrakech set to me and I’m in love! So pretty for a holiday table or anytime, really. I think the orange hues of this drink look beautiful against these blue napkins!

The storied Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail is a glitzy cocktail worthy of celebration! The marriage of bourbon whiskey, champagne, orange and cocktail bitters is a festive way to toast both the holidays and the new year. Cheers! (via feastandwest.com)
The storied Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail is a glitzy cocktail worthy of celebration! The marriage of bourbon whiskey, champagne, orange and cocktail bitters is a festive way to toast both the holidays and the new year. Cheers! (via feastandwest.com)

Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Seelbach bourbon champagne cocktail is a unique combination that's so delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 4 ounces champagne or prosecco
  • Orange twist

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine bourbon and triple sec. Shake gently.
  2. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with bitters, then champagne. Garnish with an orange twist.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 17gProtein: 1g

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  1. Katie says

    I was craving something like this and just needed the permission to make it. Thanks 💕 I’m enjoying a 2 oz bourbon/8 oz champagne because the champagne is non-alcoholic, and it’s perfect. Add the bitters when I want, but even just the bourbon & bubbles alone is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for inspiring me to give it a try!

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