What if I let my guests come up with their favorite champagne cocktail? In order for this not to get completely out of hand, with thousands of mixers, keep the number of ingredients under control so your guests aren't entirely overwhelmed.
Also, you could write out a few recipes for guests to follow, in case they really don't have a clue where to start. Here are the basics that you could use as a base for the champagne bar. Make sure your juice mixers are chilled too. Pour juices into small, clear pitchers for pretty presentation and then line up your champagne glasses next to the mixers and champagne. Do you have a favorite champagne cocktail?
- moderately-priced champagne, chilled
- creme de cassis
- orange juice
- cranberry juice
- St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- peach puree or peach nectar
- pomegranate juice
- garnishes: raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate seeds, blueberries....
Here are some recipes for champagne cocktails:
Cranberry Blush Champagne Cocktail
Into a champagne flute, pour a splash of lemonade, a bigger splash of cranberry juice, then slowly top with champagne. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel or a couple of cranberries threaded onto a toothpick.
Pour peach puree or nectar into a champagne flute until glass is 1/4 full. Add a drop of aromatic bitters. Top with champagne. You can also substitute peach schnapps, if you don't have peach nectar or puree. Garnish with a slice of peach.
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Pour orange juice and pineapple juice into champagne flute until glass is 1/2 full. Garnish with a little slice of a mandarin orange.
Chambord & Champagne
Fill glass 1/4 full with Chambord (raspberry liqueur). Slowly top with champagne. Garnish with a raspberry or two.
St. Germain & Champagne
Fill glass with at teaspoon of St. Germain (elderflower liqueur). Slowly top with champagne.