A great champagne cocktail can liven up any party, happy hour or solo celebration. A French 75 is my favorite champagne cocktail. It’s a bit of gin, lemon juice, sugar and the rest bubbly champagne. The cocktail pairs well with just about anything and it’s a great start to evening out. Always served in a flute or coupe, it’s quite the elegant choice.
- 1 teaspoonranulated sugar
- 1/2 ounceemon Juice
- 1 ounce gin
This variation is quite simple but adds whimsy and fun! Cotton candy is purely spun sugar and dissolves extremely fast into champagne. It can be substitute for the usual spoonful of sugar in this champagne cocktail. I prepared fresh cotton candy on my mini maker. I like to flavor and color my own sugars. For this batch I added a few drops of pink food coloring and a drop of vanilla extract to granulated sugar. Store bought cotton candy works just fine as long as it is kept fresh in a sealed bag.
Using a champagne coupe or other wide cocktail glass, add a large pouf of cotton candy. Make sure the glass is completely dry or the cotton candy will begin to dissolve early.
Next pour the champagne over the cotton candy until the glass is half full. The candy will dissolve immediately and create a pretty pink color. Pour in the lemon juice, followed by the gin and then top with a little more champagne. I used mini lollipops as garnish and added extra cotton candy around the glass stem.
The result is absolutely refreshing and it’s sugar heaven! If you have a large amount of cotton candy, make a party-size batch in a punch bowl. Also consider setting up a DIY cocktail station where guests can enjoy playing with cotton candy themselves.