The Barbotage Champagne Cocktail

Get our recipe for the delicious Barbotage, a fancy Champagne cocktail made with cognac and orange liqueur.

Get our recipe for the delicious Barbotage, a fancy Champagne cocktail made with cognac and orange liqueur.
Don’t get me wrong, mimosas are great. Or they can be. This recipe is pretty special. But what if you want a little more buzz from your brunch cocktail? The barbotage is a Champagne cocktail with an orange flavor like a mimosa. But it gets that orange from liqueur rather than from OJ. It’s also got a nice splash of cognac in there for some extra extra bzzzzzz.

To make this into more of an aperitif (fancy word for Happy Hour Drink!) double the amount of cognac and of orange liqueur. How sparkly is that?

Barbotage Champagne Cocktail

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes



  • 1/2 oz. cognac or brandy
  • 1/4 oz. orange liqueur (like Triple Sec or Grand Marnier)
  • 4 oz. dry (Brut) sparkling wine, very cold
  • 1 slice of orange


  1. Measure the cognac/brandy and orange liqueur into a brandy snifter or Champagne flute. Top with the sparkling wine. Add a slice of orange.
This post originally appeared in December, 2015 and was revised and republished in December, 2016.

Amy Bowen

Amy had no clue how to cook until she became the food reporter for a daily newspaper in Minnesota. At 25, she even struggled with boxed mac and cheese. These days, Amy is a much better cook, thanks to interviewing cooks and chefs for more than 10 years. She even makes four cheese macaroni and cheese with bacon, no boxed mac in sight. Amy is also on the editorial team at The Cookful.