James Bond may be known for his martinis (shaken, never stirred), but every secret agent knows a luxurious Vodka Champagne cocktail is the way to toast life’s special moments. Refreshing, bubbly and perfectly sweet, this four ingredient James Bond mixed drink with champagne and vodka will keep you feeling stylish and tipsy, even in unknown territory.
Update: This post was originally published in December 2014. I made updates to the post below to include more information about making cocktails with champagne and vodka at home.
Hello, friends! Happy *almost* new year!
We all know James Bond loves a martini, but that doesn’t stop him from enjoying other libations as well. Enter this 007 drink. With both champagne and vodka, this cocktail is guaranteed to please all your special agents!
About this cocktail with champagne
This vodka cocktail with champagne, also called a 007 James Bond drink is refreshing, bubbly and festively fun! Crisp, beautifully refreshing and ideally sweet, this champagne mixed drink is the best way to celebrate New Year’s Eve and ring in the New Year or toast any of life’s special moments!
Since you already have a bottle of champagne at your disposal, I also recommend mixing together the French 75 (Champagne and gin) or Mimosas (champagne and OJ).
Why you’ll love this cocktail recipe
- Four ingredients! This champagne vodka cocktail comes together with just four ingredients.
- Quick and easy! Simple and fast to prepare, this luxurious vodka champagne drink won’t keep you in the kitchen.
- Absolutely delicious! Crisp and refreshing, this cocktail recipe is guaranteed to have you coming back for more!
- Perfect for entertaining! This bubbly champagne and vodka is sure to make any party or special occasion sparkle!
Ingredients for this champagne mixed drink
You’ll need four easy to find ingredients for this bond cocktail. Here’s what to grab:
- Sugar Cubes – You can find sugar cubes in the baking aisle of grocery stores. They come in a small box and it’ll last for ages in a dark pantry.
- Bitters – Bitters is a signature alcoholic digestif made from botanicals, and a little goes a long way! I recommend starting with one drop in this champagne based cocktail, because you can always add more. You can find bitters in liquor stores and some well stocked grocers.
- Vodka – Use your favorite vodka here; however, I recommend picking at least a mid-shelf liquor to avoid any harsh hangovers.
- Champagne – This is a champagne vodka cocktail, so if you are looking to live it up I recommend using actual champagne from Champagne, France. However, a nice prosecco or sparkling wine works just fine, too!
Vodka and champagne cocktail variations
- Classic Champagne – Omit the vodka from the vodka from this cocktail recipe and garnish the glass with a lemon twist to make a classic champagne cocktail.
- Atomic Cocktail – Named after the nuclear bomb testing in Nevada in the 1950’s this mixed drink is a combination of vodka, champagne, cognac, and dry sherry.
- Flirtini – Perfect for romantic evenings, a flirtinis are made with a combination of champagne and vodka, with pineapple juice and triple sec.
- Pornstar Martini – Strange name aside, this drink doesn’t remotely resemble a classic martini. Instead it’s made with a combination of vanilla vodka, sparkling wine, passion fruit, and vanilla simple syrup.
- Sparkly Cocktail – Made with a combination of vodka, elderflower liqueur, champagne and lemon juice, this adult beverage is perfect for new year’s eve parties.
- St Germain Drink – A blend of vodka (or gin), St. Germain, and lemon juice, topped off with sparkling wine or champagne.
FAQs: champagne and vodka cocktails
What’s the best champagne for a cocktail?
Sparkling wines must come from the Champagne region of France to be considered a true champagne. Additionally, true champagnes are made from three different types of grapes: chardonnay, pinot meunier, and pinot noir.
That said, the best champagne for this cocktail recipe is any brand you actually enjoy drinking. But do not feel limited to champagnes only – sparkling wine (such as prosecco) and sparkling rosé taste delicious here too.
However, if you are looking to make a true James Bond cocktail, I recommend using Bollinger Special Cuvée, also known as official champagne of James Bond.
What vodka is best for a champagne cocktail?
Despite vodkas reputation for being neutral in flavor, it actually does have a wide range of different flavor profiles. This means that different brands of vodkas are in fact better suited for different cocktails.
For champagne cocktails, I recommend selecting a brand of vodka that is smooth and either slightly dry or slightly sweet – depending upon if you want a sweeter champagne cocktail or not. Regardless of your budget, below are a few of my favorite vodka brands – each at different price points.
- Belvedere: Made in the oldest vodka producing distillery in the world, belvedere vodka is a great top shelf brand. With a notoriously smooth taste, belvedere will make an exceptional mixed drink.
- Grey Goose: Clean and fresh with a soft sweetness and smooth flavor, Grey goose is a terrific brand of vodka.
- Ketel One: Ketel One has a citrus-forward flavor with a neutral, dry finish. This vodka brand is slightly more affordable than Grey Goose.
- Tito’s Handmade Vodka: Tito’s is small batched in Texas and this brand has a cult-like following. It’s easy to drink and economical in price, so it’s not hard to see why.
- Smirnoff: American made Smirnoff has an ultra smooth mouthfeel and bright taste. While this is a low-level, budget vodka, it does blend seamlessly with this sweet champagne drink.
How to make a champagne vodka cocktail?
Crisp, cold, and perfectly sweet, this easy vodka cocktail with champagne is always a winner! Here’s how to make it:
- First, drop a sugar cube into the bottom a champagne flute.
- Then, add two to three drops of Angostura Bitters to the glass.
- Next, pour vodka into the glass.
- Lastly, top with your favorite Champagne, prosecco, or any sparkling wine you love. Enjoy your champagne vodka immediately.
Tips for the best cocktail with champagne and vodka
- Make your cocktail to taste! Honestly, the best part about making cocktails at home, versus buying them at the bar, is YOU get to make the rules. Do you prefer more bubbly effervescence in your champagne and vodka drinks? Use more wine! Or maybe you prefer prosecco to champagne? That’s cool too. Taste your cocktail and adjust it to suit YOUR tastebuds.
- Use cold ingredients! I recommend using cold liquors, wines, and mixers when making any recipe for cocktails at home. For the best cocktail, store your vodka and champagne in the refrigerator before mixing. However, do not store your sparkling wines in the fridge for too long as the cold can alter the taste.
Serving this champagne cocktails with vodka
This drink with vodka and champagne – or sparkling wine – is best when you enjoy it immediately after pouring, or close to it. After saturating the sugar cube in champagne and vodka it will start to dissolve and give off bubbles, which is one of the things that makes this James Bond champagne cocktail so fun and festive!
Garnishing champagne and vodka drinks
If you are looking to make your champagne and vodka cocktails a little more fancy I recommend garnishing your champagne glasses. Below are some really easy (and delightful) ways to garnish this champagne cocktails with vodka:
- Citrus – A simple lemon twist or lemon peel are an easy way to jazz up your glasses.
- Fresh Fruit – Dropping a piece of your favorite fresh berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or blueberries, are an effortless way to finish your cocktail.
- Rock Candy – Personally I love using rock candy as a garnish for this cocktail with champagne and vodka.
Storing champagne cocktails
Unfortunately, cocktails with champagne don’t store well. I recommend you mix up this drink just before serving so that the champagne doesn’t lose the beautiful effervescence and bubbles.
If you are 21 or older, grab a glass, pour yourself a 007 and ring in the New Year in classy James Bond style. Or pour yourself a French 75, either way is a win-win! Cheers, my friends, and Happy New Year!
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How to make a champagne cocktail with vodka👇
Champagne Cocktail with Vodka
- 1 Champagne Flute, Coupe Glass or Cocktail Glass
- 1 White Sugar Cube
- 2-3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
- 3/4 to 1 ounce Vodka - CHILLED, to taste
- To Taste Champagne - CHILLED (enough to top off the flute glass; about 3 ounces)
- Drop sugar cube into a champagne flute, martini glass or cocktail glass of choice.
- Add a couple dashes of bitters.
- Then, pour in the Vodka.
- Top the glass off with Champagne (or sparkling wine of choice).
- Garnish your Champagne Cocktail with a citrus twist or peel, and fresh berries if using. Enjoy immediately.
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James Snook says
What are bitters?
Cheyanne Bany says
Bitters are an aromatic liquid flavored with different botanical ingredients used to add flavor to cocktails. While I use Angostura you can use any brand you would like! Cheers!
[email protected] Plaid & Paisley Kitchen says
Your pictures are just gorgeous! I am pinning this to my Cocktails and Libations!
Cheyanne Bany says
Chandra, Thank you so much for the kind words and for re-pinning! Cheers and warm wishes for a fabulous day! 🙂
Happy New Year!! I agree with your theory of resolutions. I never set myself to do much because I just end up being disappointed! Although this year I thought I might do something for a change, I wrote all about it on my blog and it’s something very different from ‘give up chocolate’ :] I wish you all the best and perseverance to stick to your goals! x
Cheyanne Bany says
Ruta, Thank you for stopping by! Glad someone is with me on the whole resolution thing! Cheers and warm wishes for a fantastic 2015! 🙂
Eric Linthicum says
Happy New YEAR! Chey! What a great year 2014 has been for you! You had a couple of tough years, but you have risen like bubbles in Champagne! I am sure 2015 will be even better! I am going to make the 007 for my toast at New Years!
Cheyanne Bany says
Happy New Year, Eric! I am hopeful 2015 will bring us both wonderful things! I’ll be toasting you with the 007 come midnight! Cheers! 🙂