This two ingredient elegant Chambord and Champagne cocktail recipe is as simple as it sounds. It is a quick, easy crowd pleaser with flavors of rich black raspberry and a sparkling finish.
In this post, I will guide you through everything you need to know about this classic cocktail so you can serve it at your next gathering!
Looking for more cocktail recipes? Check out our Classic Mimosa, Lavender Mimosa, Pomegranate Mimosa and Homemade Bailey's recipes.
What is Chambord and Champagne?
Sometimes called "French Mimosa", Chambord and Champagne is a simple cocktail made from, you guessed it, Chambord and Champagne!
There is no additional liquor or liqueur added, and no simple syrup. The result is a super simple drink that is easy to make and uniquely different.
What is Chambord?
Chambord is a french liqueur made in the Loire Valley in France. It is congnac based and made with red and black raspberries, citrus peel and vanilla.
During production, the berry juices are steeped in the French spirits for four weeks and processed again in a combination washing for an additional two weeks.
This two step process is called double fruit infusion and the reason for it's rich, complex and layered flavor.
Where can I find Chambord?
Thankfully, you don't have to take a plane to France to get Chambord. You can usually find it at any fine spirit store.
The price tag is usually medium-high, but well worth the cost as it is something you will look forward to having in your collection.
You can make many drinks recipes with Chambord, such as the classic French Martini, a Sparkling French Martini or a Bramble Cocktail.
What kind of Champagne should I use?
Since Chambord is definitely sweet, I would choose a Brut Champagne. The term Brut means dry and should be displayed on the label of the bottle.
If you don't feel like wondering the wine aisles, here are three excellent choices.
- Budget: Henriot Brut Souverain
- Better: Pol Roger Brut
- Best: Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle No. 24
Since Chambord is French, I would love to see you try this cocktail with a true, authentic Champagne.
However, if Champagne just isn't your favorite you can always select a dry Prosecco, Cava or any other favorite dry sparkling wine.
This Rose would also be a beautiful choice and I can only image the gorgeous color it would produce!
What kind of glass should I serve it in?
Since this is a champagne-based cocktail, you definitely want to serve it in classic champagne flutes.
The shape of a champagne glass was designed to help you take in the aroma and taste of true champagne and so serving it in the proper glass will really help add to your enjoyment.
I own this set of Riedel flutes and love them! They are a bit wide in the middle but narrow towards the top which really helps accentuate the effervescence of this cocktail.
When it comes to garnish this Chambord and champagne cocktail, simple is best! I love to serve it with a fresh raspberry and a lemon twist. Sometimes I will put one on the rim of the glass.
Learn how to make a lemon twist here.
Tips and Tricks
Technically, I was told the Chambord should be poured in first. I personally prefer to pour it over the Champagne so that the lovely raspberry flavor is evenly distributed, but shhhh! Don't tell anyone I am breaking the rules.
It is important to choose foods that either compliment or contrast to the flavors of the cocktail. So for this drink, I would recommend something simple but spicy or fruit-forward with raspberry or black raspberry flavors.
Complimentary Paring Suggestions: Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies, Raspberry Swirl Poundcake, or Chocolate Covered Raspberries.
Contrasting Paring Suggestions: Spicy Turkey Meatballs or Thai Chili Scallops.
Chambord and Champagne Cocktail
- 1 ounce Chambord
- 6 ounces brut champagne
- 1 lemon twist
- 3 red or black raspberries
- Pour the Chambord into a champagne flute and fill the remainder of the glass with champagne.
- Garnish with red raspberries and a lemon twist, if desired.
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