Classic Champagne Cocktail Recipe – Cheers to all Moms!

My mother never went out of the house without lipstick, yet she was not a “girly girl” either.  This always presented a special challenge on Mother’s Day.  She really didn’t like flowers…or candy…or perfume.  So every year I faced a dilemma, but somehow I always found something she was thrilled with (or at least she pretended to be thrilled, like all good mamas do).

Every since I was allowed to turn on the gas burner, I could charm my mom with dinner, so that’s what my Mother’s Day gift became…a  simple card and a lovingly prepared meal. I’m sure that my eager, first attempts weren’t noteworthy, but that was OK by her.  I remember sitting at home reading cookbooks as if they were a required reading assignment to find just the right recipe that would make her smile. Then rummaging around in the pantry to see if we had most/some of the ingredients.  We lived on a tight budget, so nothing too extravagant was going to work.  Sitting on the top shelf would be flour, sugar and modest group of spices…there was always a something to be made out of that.  Below the shelves was a vegetable bin and I would find potatoes and onions peeking out…add a bit of meat and a carrot or two and you had a roast or a stew.  Since my mother worked every day, a slow cooked meal was one of the best gifts in the world.   I have to say…it still is, isn’t it?

Oh, I know that it’s easier to ask mom to brunch and have her join the legions of other moms being scooted around to various restaurants.  After all, there’s no work involved…just a reservation to be made and a car ride.  I know that many of you have crazy, hectic schedules and it’s probably your Mother’s Day as well.  But for those of you that might have time, think about inviting your mom over for a heartfelt, “spent all day on it” Sunday supper, which is just what my family is going to be doing for me today.  I so wish that my mother was still with us because she dearly loved this tradition.

Have I mentioned how much I like champagne…especially for special occasions?  Well, my family knows this, and one of my favorite things to start a celebration with is a champagne cocktail.  So that’s how we are going to start my special Mother’s Day Sunday supper.  Thought I’d pass along this classic recipe.


Classic Champagne Cocktail

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

A festive drink, perfect for holidays!


1 glass of champagne (I like to use a Brut champagne)
1 sugar cube
10 dashs (approximate) Angostura aromatic bitters (can be found in most grocery stores)
1 Lemon curl


Peel as many curls off of an organic lemon as you are going to need. Saturate the sugar cubes with Angostura bitters. Place one saturated cube in bottom each champagne flute. Add champagne and lemon curl. Cheers!


Happy Mother’s Day!




One Response to “Classic Champagne Cocktail Recipe – Cheers to all Moms!”

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    juleee — Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    I adore champagne cocktails too Susie! A total favorite. Instant good time! Glad you had such a nice mother’s day.

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