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This Strawberry Vodka Champagne Cocktail is fruity, sweet, and bubbly with just a hint of tartness. It’s perfect to celebrate any occasion from Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve to birthdays or a girl’s night out!
My husband and I like drinking good champagne whenever there is an occasion for it. Unfortunately we rarely drink an entire bottle an often have some left the next day.
Since champagne is hard to save it isn’t always at its best the next day. I don’t really like to drink it in a glass but it’s still good enough to enjoy in a cocktail.
I have made several champagne cocktails in the last few years that I enjoy. When I have leftover cranberries I like to make a Cranberry Champagne Cocktail. In the fall I enjoy making Apple Pie Champagne Cocktails. For summer my Plum and Thyme Champagne Cocktail is always a winner.
Whether you have leftover champagne or you are popping open a new bottle this Vodka Champagne Cocktail is a great addition to brunches, parties, or just an afternoon at home.
- strawberries (the juicier the better)
- vodka (I usually use just plain vodka)
- grenadine (this adds both color and sweetness to the cocktail)
- champagne (or sparkling wine)
- sparkling sugar (optional-this is great for rimming a glass for a festive occasion)
Making this cocktail is super easy. The first thing to do is to chop two strawberries and put them in a small bowl with the vodka.
Can I use a different fruit?
You can certainly use a different fruit though I recommend using berries because of the sweet flavor. Raspberries or blackberries would be the best substitute but you could use blueberries as well, though they don’t make for a very pretty color when mixed with the grenadine.
Use the end of a wooden spoon or a cocktail muddler and muddle the strawberries with the vodka until it starts to turn pink and you can smell the strawberries.
Can I use flavored vodka?
You can certainly use flavored vodka. I have used vanilla vodka and like how it pairs with the strawberries and champagne. I would think you can also use any berry flavored vodka or even a lemon or lime flavored vodka in this cocktail as well.
Use a lemon or lime and run a wedge around the rim of your champagne glass. You can also rim it with honey. Dip it into red sparkling sugar to create a festive rim if desired.
Pour the strawberry and vodka mixture through a fine mesh sieve and into the champagne glass. Add the grenadine and swirl to combine.
Top the cocktail with champagne. Serve with a strawberry on the rim of the glass or a slice of strawberry floating on top.
Can I make this cocktail ahead of time?
If you are making this for a party or just want to make it ahead of time you can double, triple, or quadruple the amount of berries and vodka and muddle them ahead of time. Strain into a jar and mix with the grenadine. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours before serving. If serving at a party simply have sugar rimmed champagne glasses, a bottle of chilled champagne, and a jar of the strawberry vodka syrup next to the glasses.
Vodka Champagne Cocktail
- 3 large strawberries cut into quarters
- 2 oz. vodka
- 1/2 oz. grenadine
- champagne or sparkling wine
- sprinkles or sanding sugar optional
- If using sanding sugar or sprinkles rim a glass with a wedge of lemon. Roll the rim of the glass into the sprinkles or sanding sugar in a shallow dish.
- Add the strawberries to a cocktail shaker and muddle with a cocktail muddler.
- Add in the vodka and grenadine and shake well to combine.
- Fill the glass halfway full with ice. Strain the strawberry vodka mixture into the glass.
- Top the glass with chilled champagne.
- Garnish with a strawberry.