So many of us are feeling extra grateful this year to get to celebrate Mother’s Day — especially when we have older moms who we’re still lucky to have in our lives, and who we haven’t seen nearly enough over the past year. I know I my family, our traditional toast to togetherness on Mother’s Day will be even more meaningful now.
I’ve found myself searching for easy Champagne cocktail recipes to make for brunch, since I’m no expert mixologist at all. And based on my Pinterest recommendations, I’m not alone. Since not everyone feels comfortable going out to brunch or dinner just yet, especially with un-vaccinated kids, and considering weather varies wildly this time of year, we’ll be having Mother’s Day brunch at home.
I’ve also been digging through the Mother’s Day brunch recipes throughout our site, and as I did, I realize it’s been a while since we shared some celebratory Champagne cocktails. So I spent a lot of time tracking down some favorite, easy Champagne cocktails that are all bright, flavorful, and of course, celebratory.
We’ve earned it.
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All of this reminds me, I really want at set of Champagne glasses that actually match, and I’m loving these Schott Zwiesel Champagne Flutes and the stemless wine glasses, too.
Oh, and no way am I drinking these just on Mother’s Day. Because if I’ve learned one thing this past year, it’s that I shouldn’t save the good stuff “for a special occasion.” The special occasion can be, “well, here we are. Together.”
With that, check out these delicious, and surprisingly easy Champagne cocktails. Of course you can use Prosecco a Spanish Cava, or any sparkling wine really, as long as you enjoy it.
As for me, I’ve already got a bottle of Veuve yellow label in the fridge, graciously sent to me by Moet in time for Mother’s Day. I’m just debating whether or not to add anything to it at all!
6 Easy Champagne Cocktail Recipes to Toast Whatever You’re Celebrating this Spring and Summer
Mimosa Margarita Cocktail: All about that citrus
Photo: How-To Video on Delish
While a classic Mimosa is as easy as combing Champagne and OJ to taste — maybe even adding in a splash of Triple Sec or Cointreau — here’s a brilliant way to step it up, courtesy of Lindsay Funston at Delish. I always have the ingredients on hand for homemade margaritas, which means I can easily make this Mimosa Margarita Champagne Cocktail from Delish. And so can you! I love fresh citrus flavors all year round, and this recipe delivers.
While of course you don’t need “the best” liquors for Mimosas, I’ve always thought that any recipe is only as good as the ingredients you use — especially if you prefer your Mimosa recipe a little lighter on the orange juice. But really, whatever you have on hand will be perfect.
Oh, and if you want to up your OJ game too, definitely use fresh-squeezed. I highly recommend grabbing this amazing, affordable citrus juice that gets quite the workout in my kitchen. I grabbed one after Marsha recommended it as the ultimate citrus juicer and she wasn’t wrong!
Champagne Tangerine Float: A creamsicle all grown up
Photo: Annalise for Completely Delicious
I first discovered this wonderfully simple, impressive Champagne Float with Tangerine Sorbet cocktail recipe when Stacie shared it in her list of Marvelous Mimosas for a Mother’s Day brunch, a few years back and immediately bookmarked. Annalise describes her recipe as a “grown up float,” and that’s such a fun idea! Just be sure to make the homemade tangerine sorbet in advance so it has time to freeze.
Oh, and this post on 8 awesome popsicle molds could make it fun too — just pop those pops into the glass, stick and all, instead of using an ice cream scoop. It’s a popular trick for weddings and summer parties, but you don’t have to wait for a party to try it out.
Moët Golden Hour Champagne Cocktail: Good enough for Hollywood
Photo: Moët & Chandon
You mightn’t think that this Moët Golden Hour Cocktail is an easy Champagne cocktail recipe but it really is. Created by designer LaQuan Smith for the Golden Globes, I think that’s kind of a cool thing to drop as you serve it for brunch, right? So schmancy! It’s only got 4 ingredients, including simple syrup, which I always have on hand (use this recipe I shared last year, it’s easy) — though you may have to pick up some Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka. Which I definitely do not have on hand.
Strawberry Basil Bubbly Cocktail: Straight from the garden
Photo: Diane for Diane, A Broad
Lately, we’ve been pinning a ton of recipes to our cocktail recipe Pinterest board that make use of herbs — thyme, lavender, rosemary, even basil. So leave it to a seasoned food and travel blogger to be ahead of the game with a Strawberry Basil Bubbly first shared by Diane, A Broad, back in 2012.
It looks refreshing, sweet without being sweet, and fairly easy. She even offers some smart ideas for what kind of bubbly to use — she likes Crémant. And I really like that she adapted it from a non-alcoholic homemade fruity soda recipe from another favorite food blogger, Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean — if you need to serve some virgin drinks along with your Champagne cocktails, that could be a great way to go.
Ketel One Botanical 75: A spa day in a glass.
If you have ever enjoyed a French 75 (with a gin and champagne base) or a Dutch 75 (with a vodka and champagne base), then a Ketel One Botanical 75 should be in your repertoire of easy Champagne cocktail recipes.
Last year, I fell in love with the Cucumber & Mint Ketel One Botanicals, a lower alcohol, lower calorie flavored vodka which mixes so well with soda; here, you combine it with sparkling wine or Champagne, simple syrup, a little lemon juice, and some Elderflower liqueur, like Bols. Garnish with a cucumber and, ooohhhhhh.
Moët & Chandon’s The Golden Hour Champagne Cocktail: Sweet, fruity and fun. Because we need more fun.
Photo: Moët & Chandon
The liquor brands always are a great source for well-tested recipes, so I wanted to share one more from Moët’s site that I have bookmarked: a recipe for a fruity, fun Golden Hour Champagne Cocktail. At first I saw a big long list of ingredients and was like, wellll…. but then I realized it’s actually an easy Champagne cocktail, made with some peach liqueur, a little maraschino liqueur (Luxardo is a popular brand), and some muddled berries. That’s it! Oh, and mint for a garnish. I’m always up new ways to use my windowsill mint.
I always like learning new mixology tricks, and theirs is to gently press down on the sliced berries right in the glass, using the back of a spoon, then pour the booze over top. Here’s to less clean-up. And more toasting. Lots more.
If you don’t imbibe, or have kids at the table, be sure to see our archives of mocktail recipes —
we have dozens that are just as celebratory and fun as the boozy stuff.