New Orleans’ general joie de vivre inspires quaffs that blend sparkling wines (Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava) with spirits, bitters, syrups, and more for sophisticated, spritzy cocktails. The original sparkler (Champagne, sugar, and bitters) was said to first have been sipped in the early 1860s, and it’s clearly set a trend.
City-wide, there is a diverse array of “champagne cocktails” to try, and the list would make for a cool cocktail crawl. Whether sipping one or several, remember to stay safe — grab a cab, ping an Uber, or have a designated driver getting their bubble on with glasses of sparkling water.
Totally Toast-able Champagne Cocktails
Negroni Sbagliato at Coquette — Sparkling wine subs in for gin in this updated take on the negroni, complete with Campari and sweet vermouth; 2800 Magazine Street; (504) 265-0421
Amaro 75 at Patois — The “amaro” in this case is herbal Fernet-Branca, combined with Charles Bove Sparkling Rose and lemon; 6078 Laurel Street; (504) 895-9441
Champagne Cocktail at Commander’s Palace — As timeless as the 1860s original with sparkling wine, sugar, and bitters; 1403 Washington Ave.; (504) 899-8221
Chicago ’71 at Victory Bar — Hum liqueur, with its notes of hibiscus, ginger, and lime, plays with gin, strawberries, lemon juice, simple syrup, and champagne; 339 Baronne Street; (504) 522-8664)
Rosie Delaire at Salon by Sucré — Citrusy bubbles via Scarlet Glow tea, Citron Sauvage liqueur, Prosecco, and candied grapefruit; 622 Conti Street; (504) 267-7098
Baronne Street Bubbly at The Sazerac Bar — Stoli Bluberi, sugar, and pomegranate juice add fruity vibes to Vin Mousseux; 130 Roosevelt Way; (504) 648-1200
Paloma Royale at Emeril’s – Prosecco happily takes the place of club soda in this take on the Paloma, with tequila, grapefruit juice, and honey; 800 Tchoupitoulas Street; (504) 528-9393
Sidewinder at Oak – Barsol Pisco and Mathilde Framboise pair up with Grapefruit and Prosecco; 8118 Oak Street; (504) 302-1485
Alberto #1 at Bouligny Tavern — Clean but complex with vodka, lime, sugar, mint, and sparkling wine; 3641 Magazine Street; (504) 891-1810
French 75 at Arnaud’s French 75 — The bar’s namesake is also one of their best bubbly cocktails. Champagne and Cognac couple up, with the addition of lemon juice, simple syrup, and a lemon peel for an aromatic garnish; 813 Bienville St.; (504) 523-5433
Rooster Royale at Brennan’s — A nod to the original Brennan’s Red Rooster with housemade citrus liquor, cranberry juice, and sparkling wine. Get it during their Bubbles at Brennan’s happy hour Tuesday through Thursday from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m; 417 Royal St.; (504) 525-9711