Classic Champagne Cocktail The champagne shines through in this classic -- with hints of added flavor from spirits, bitters, and citrus peels. Many variations of this recipe are served at hotels and bars worldwide. 1 sugar cube Angostura bitters Champagne Lemon or orange twist, for garnish Soak the sugar cube in Angostura bitters and drop into a champagne flute. Top with a luxury champagne or a sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon or orange twist. Valencia Royale 1 1/2 ounces orange juice 1 ounce apricot brandy 3 ounces champagne Orange peel, for garnish Combine the orange juice and apricot brandy in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a champagne flute. Top off with champagne and garnish with a large piece of orange peel. • Buy 101 Champagne Cocktails, $12 at Amazon Both recipes by Kim Haasarud in 101 Champagne Cocktails, published by Wiley. Photographs by Alexandra Grablewski. All photography and recipes reprinted with permission.