Toast any special occasion with the perfect Pink Champagne Cocktail! Use sparkling rosé wine, vodka and a hint of bitters for a dazzling drink fit for dancing the night away.
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Rosé Champagne Cocktail recipe
The new year is almost here. Who needs one more champagne cocktail to celebrate with?!
If you’ve got a bottle of pink champagne on hand, this colorful drink is for you.
Rosé sparkling wine is sweet, sparkly and perfect for mixing into a simple champagne cocktail.
With a rock candy swizzle stick, these bubbly cocktails feel fancy and elegant.
Why you’ll love this recipe
This Pink Champagne Cocktail is a great cocktail
- You can celebrate anything with this classic champagne drink.
- Customize the flavors of this cocktail with different types of bitters or flavored rock candy.
- Drink this classic cocktail any time of year. Enjoy it for summer parties, a romantic dinner or serve it for celebrations during the holiday season, like a New Year’s Eve party!
This sweet cocktail is the perfect drink for bridal showers, girls’ night, Valentine’s Day or whenever you have anything to celebrate.
Pink champagne is also a great addition to a champagne cocktail bar. Offer different flavors of bitters, or colored sugar cubes and let guests run wild.
See more Valentine’s Day cocktails and New Year’s cocktails.
What is pink champagne?
Rosé champagne, also known as pink champagne or blush champagne, is sparkling wine with a pink or peach hue that’s derived from brief contact with red grape skins during the fermentation process or by adding a bit of red wine to the finished champagne.
To be called champagne, it must come from the Champagne region of France, otherwise it is just known as sparkling wine.
The flavor or rosé champagne tastes a lot like regular sparkling wine, but the addition of red grape skins or red wine will give the pink champagne some more depth of flavor, such as cranberry, strawberry or other fruity notes.
Sometimes rosé champagne has extra sugar added as well, but it can also be non-sweet (AKA dry or brut) depending on the maker.
Pick up a bottle of quality vodka, somewhere in the $10-20 range. Use the best you can afford — that’s always my go-to advice for anything with drink mixing.
Anything super cheap will have a stronger alcohol taste, which will detract from the bright flavors of the lime, ginger and champagne.
In my Vodka 101 crash course, we talk about how to pick out a bottle of vodka, but my go-to brands right now are Tito’s, Deep Eddy and Absolut.
Feel free to substitute your favorite herbal gin if you like.
French rosé champagne would be the most classic choice for this cocktail, but feel free to use a rosé cava (Spanish sparkling wine), rosé prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) or any other rosé sparkling wine, which are much more affordable. It will likely be in a clear bottle and the liquid will be a pretty pink color.
The classic champagne cocktail calls for simple syrup or a sugar cube, but pink sparkling wine tends to be pretty sweet on its own. Feel free to use a dry or “brut” rosé champagne.
Rosé sparkling wine is pretty easy to find in most grocery stores (or liquor stores, depending on where you live), but you can absolutely use regular champagne or sparkling wine instead.
Check out my guide to sparkling wine for help picking out a bottle for this bubbly cocktail.
Bitters are an alcoholic flavoring agent made of aromatic plant extracts that are often used to flavor cocktails and drinks.
They can be made from a number of botanical ingredients such as herbs, spices, flowers, fruits, seeds, leaves, bark and roots.
Aromatic bitters are the most common type of bitters and generally contain gentian, quassia, and wild cherry bark. Angostura bitters is the most popular brand name of these fragrant bitters. Look for its signature oversized label.
You can also use other brands of aromatic bitters, or even other flavors of bitters to adjust the flavor of these delicious cocktails.
A swizzle stick of rock candy makes this pretty cocktail stand out. They’re totally optional, but they really elevate things, don’t you think?
For my rock candy champagne cocktails, I used plain, white sugar rock candy, but feel free to have fun with other flavors and colors.
Lavender rock candy would be gorgeous in pink bubbly, as would blue rock candy.
Or, if you like a challenge, you can make your own homemade rock candy! (But you’ll need a little more time.)
For another garnish, you can use a lemon slice, a lemon twist, fresh berries or a mint sprig.
Variations and substitutions
Make it non-alcoholic: Skip the vodka and use sparkling pink lemonade instead of pink sparkling wine. A mix of strawberry lemonade or cranberry juice plus club soda works too.
Use gin: Substitute a botanical gin for the vodka to elevate this cocktail with a little herbal flavor. Hendrick’s Gin gets my vote for this cocktail.
If you’re adding the rock candy, you’ll want to serve this cocktail in a traditional champagne flute or a coupe glass.
Adjust the size of the rosemary garnish to suit the glass: smaller pieces for coupe glasses or bigger sprigs for taller champagne glasses.
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How to make a Pink Champagne Cocktail
This pretty pink drink is so easy to make! Make sure to chill your champagne ahead of happy hour. Now, let’s get to mixing.
First grab your champagne flutes. Add the vodka (or gin), then top with your sparkling rosé.
Add a few drops of bitters, then swirl in the rock candy swizzle stick. Serve immediately!
More champagne drink recipes
Here are some more great cocktails featuring the addition of champagne.
- Elderflower French 75
- Rose Champagne Cocktail
- Champagne Cocktail Bar
- Poinsettia Cocktail
- Rosemary Champagne Cocktail
- Champagne Moscow Mule
Pink Champagne Cocktail
Whip up a sparkling pink champagne cocktail to celebrate anything!
- 1 ½ ounce gin or vodka
- 4 ounces pink champagne, chilled
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 rock candy swizzle stick, for garnish
- Add the vodka (or gin) to a champagne flute.
- Top with pink champagne.
- Add a few drops of bitters, then swirl in the rock candy swizzle stick.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 5.5 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 0g
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