Around the holidays—most especially post-Christmas, pre-New Year's Eve—I am approached with endless requests for champagne-based cocktails. Yet until a few years ago, I almost always disappointed all of those who asked. If for no other reason than I couldn't name too many champagne-based cocktails appropriate for late December or that I thought tasted particularly great.
For me, it was basically the French 75 or bust. I know, I know, everyone loves the champagne cocktail. But I consider it a pointless concoction of champagne, bitters and a sugar cube that was perfectly summed up by an exchange between Adam (Brendan Fraser) and Eve (Alicia Silverstone) in the only memorable part of the movie Blast From the Past: