30 Cocktails in 30 Days – Day 15: Champagne Cocktails

Mr and Mrs Romance - Day 15 - Champagne Bitters Cocktail Recipe

Mr and Mrs Romance - Day 15 - Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Day 15 of our 30 Cocktails in 30 Days: the Champagne Bitters and Hibiscus Champagne Cocktails

Wow! We’re at the half-way point and building a head of steam on this 30 Cocktails challenge! We hope you’re enjoying it too.

I met Mrs Romance on the 15th. The 15th of September in… well, when we were younger! We didn’t know how long we’d be together because of my visa restrictions. For that reason we decided to celebrate the 15th of every month. We call it our ‘miniversary’.

So to celebrate our miniversary – and also reaching the midpoint of the challenge – AND it being a Saturday, we thought it was time for some champagne!

Mrs Romance is a huge lover of the bubbles and of cocktails too, so it only makes sense to include some of her favourites – and some classics besides.

We’ve used a dry prosecco for these cocktails. Prosecco is the Italian form of champagne. It’s a much more cost-effective way to make these drinks and we don’t recommend using your best Bollinger or Cristal for cocktails. Their delicate flavours should be savoured on their own.

The Champagne Bitters is a simple cocktail and probably the first cocktail of its kind. The sugar and bitters work together to enhance the flavour of the champagne and add an extra fizz to the drink.

The Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail is an unusual and glamorous drink, and the syrup from the hibiscus adds flavour and mild sweetness to the drink.

How to make these champagne cocktail classics

Mr and Mrs Romance - Day 15 - Champagne Bitters Cocktail Recipe

Here’s what you need:

The Champagne Bitters – for each drink

  • 1 sugar cube
  • dash of Angastura Bitters
  • Champagne or prosecco
  • Champagne flute

Here’s what you do:

  1. Drop the sugar cube into the bottom of the flute
  2. Drop a few drops of Angastura Bitters onto the cube
  3. Top up with champagne or prosecco – be careful, the sugar will make the champagne fizz more than usual so pour slowly
  4. There’s no need to garnish this drink. It’s enough of a classic to stand as it is.

Mr and Mrs Romance - Day 15 - Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Here’s what you need:

The Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail – for each drink

  • Jar of preserved hibiscus flowers
  • Champagne or prosecco
  • Champagne flute.

Here’s what you do:

  1. You should be able to find jars of hibiscus flowers in good liquor stores or good grocery stores.
  2. Carefully pull a hibiscus flower from the jar – we used chopsticks to get these delicate flowers out.
  3. Push the flower to the bottom of the flute so it faces up.
  4. Pour champagne over the flower and watch as it opens up and turns the champagne a rosy pink colour.
  5. This drink doesn’t need a garnish either – the flower in the bottom is enough of a decoration.

Have a great Saturday, folks; and happy miniversary, Mrs R!

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Images by Mrs Romance.

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