I originally created this champagne cocktail to mark the 100th Kitchen Swagger recipe posted on the blog. It was a big milestone for us at the time and deemed a celebration-worthy cocktail. Since then, this recipe has become one of our go-to New Year’s Eve cocktail. It’s easy to make, full of so much unique flavor, and will please a crowd.
Thanks to my intrigue with classic cocktails and Prohibition Era drinks, I wanted to come up with something that had a really vintage feel. Patty originally was looking for a 100-year-old cocktail we could feature, but we couldn’t quite find anything that felt right.
Many of the early 20th century cocktails contained maraschino liqueur (see Aviation or Last Word), an interesting cherry liqueur made from sour Marasca cherries. Champagne/prosecco is obviously the classic celebratory imbibe, so we decided it HAD to be the foundation of our celebratory cocktail.
After nearly killing a bottle of champagne with failed trials, we reached our original champagne cocktail that incorporates sparkling wine, maraschino liqueur, and fresh lemon juice. We deemed it the Number 100 Cocktail and it really does have a Prohibition-Era feel.
Champagne Versus Prosecco
You can honestly use either sparkling wine variation for this recipe. Dealer’s choice. Since we’re adding lemon and maraschino, I wouldn’t waste expensive bottles of either. Just don’t use sparkling rosé or anything flavored.
This cocktail is in the same vein as the French 75. It’s slightly sweet, but not too sweet. The maraschino liqueur and fresh lemon lets you know you’re drinking more than just a glass of champagne. It feels fancy and is a nice change of pace from your regular old glass-o-champagne on New Year’s Eve.
So cheers to Kitchen Swagger’s 100th recipe and cheers to whatever you’re celebrating with us!
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A celebratory champagne cocktail made with maraschino liqueur and fresh lemon juice.
- 3–4 ounces champagne or prosecco
- 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur (such as Luxardo)
- 1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice
- Twist of lemon garnish
- Combine lemon juice and maraschino liqueur in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and strain into a champagne flute or coupe glass.
- Top with chilled champagne/prosecco and garnish with a twist of lemon.
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