Recipe: Whiskey Champagne Cocktail

whiskey champagne cocktail with orangeRecipe: Whiskey Champagne Cocktail

Whiskey, with its rich history and complex flavors, has always been a beloved spirit. Renowned for its depth and versatility, whiskey is often enjoyed neat or on the rocks. But as we dive into the holiday season, the allure of creating sumptuous cocktails with whiskey becomes ever so appealing. One such delightful concoction is the Whiskey Champagne Cocktail – a perfect blend of the robust character of whiskey and the celebratory fizz of champagne.

Why a Whiskey Champagne Cocktail for the Holidays?

The holidays call for something special, something that sparkles and brings joy. Enter the Whiskey Champagne Cocktail. This drink combines the warmth and depth of whiskey with the effervescence of bubbly champagne, making it a festive and sophisticated choice. It’s a nod to the classic French 75, traditionally made with gin, but here we give it a whiskey twist.

Choosing the Right Champagne

For this cocktail, the choice of champagne is crucial. A Brut or Extra Brut champagne, known for its dry and crisp nature, pairs wonderfully with whiskey. The dryness of the champagne complements the richness of the whiskey without overpowering it. Avoid sweeter champagnes, as they can clash with the whiskey’s complex flavors.

Selecting the Perfect Whiskey

Our selection offers the ideal whiskey for this cocktail. Although all of our whiskeys would offer a unique flavor, our Wild West variety, for instance, is a perfect choice. This whiskey has a balanced profile with hints of caramel and a smooth finish, which harmonizes beautifully with the crispness of the champagne. The subtle notes in Wild West enhance the cocktail without dominating the champagne’s delicate flavors.

The Art of Mixing: Jump to Recipe

Here’s how to create this exquisite cocktail:


  • 1 oz Whiskey Collective’s Wild West whiskey
  • 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • Top with Brut or Extra Brut champagne
  • Lemon twist, for garnish


  1. In a shaker, combine the whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  3. Strain into a chilled champagne flute.
  4. Gently top with champagne.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve immediately.

Serving the Cocktail

Serve this cocktail in a classic champagne flute to enhance the visual appeal and maintain the bubbles. The flute’s shape helps concentrate the aroma, making each sip a delightful experience.

The History Behind the Drink

The Whiskey Champagne Cocktail is a twist on the classic French 75, which dates back to World War I. The original French 75, named after a powerful French artillery gun, was known for its kick, much like the drink’s potent mix. While the traditional version uses gin, substituting whiskey adds a modern and bold touch, making it a fitting tribute to the original.


As you explore more cocktail recipes, remember that a champagne cocktail like this one, especially during the festive season, is not just a drink; it’s a celebration in a glass. Whether it’s the bubbly champagne or the rich whiskey from Whiskey Collective, each ingredient plays a crucial role in creating a memorable holiday experience.

So jump to the recipe, mix up this delightful Whiskey Champagne Cocktail, and raise a toast to the joy and warmth of the season. May your holidays be filled with cheer, fine spirits, and the company of loved ones. Cheers!