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!
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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.
The last two years, my local ladies’ whiskey club had the Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail on the menu at 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.
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.
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.
I wanted you to have at least one more cocktail to consider for your holiday gatherings this weekend. If you have whiskey drinkers in your family who are also champagne drinkers, they will love this one.
Or you can save the Seelbach Bourbon Champagne Cocktail for New Year’s Eve. Everyone needs some champagne cocktail inspiration, after all! Cheers, y’all! // susannah
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!
- 1 ounce bourbon
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau
- 4 dashes Angostura bitters
- 4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
- Champagne or prosecco
- Orange twist
- Stir ingredients briefly over ice, strain into a chilled flute, top with Champagne and garnish.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine bourbon and triple sec. Shake gently. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with bitters, then champagne. Garnish with an orange twist.