How to Make a Royal Champagne Cocktail


  • 1 T. Grand Marnier (orange liqueur)
  • 1 T. brandy
  • 5 oz. chilled Champagne or sparkling wine
  • orange twist*


  1. Run the orange twist around the rim of a champagne flute. Set orange strip aside for garnish.
  2. Pour the Grand Marnier and brandy into the champagne flute. Slowly add the chilled champagne.
  3. Gently drop the orange twist onto the top of the cocktail for garnish. Serve immediately.
* To make an orange twist:  Working from the stem end of an orange to the bottom, use a small knife to cut a 1/2-inch wide strip of the outer orange skin, incorporating as little of the white pith as possible (because the white pith is bitter).  Hold the strip with the white pith side up and twist the two ends in opposite directions.  Ideally, twist the orange zest strip while holding it a few inches above the champagne flute so the mist of oils released go into the glass.


Source:  The Kitchen is My Playground