let's get fizzical - part 2

10 classic fizzy cocktails you need to order

If you can’t tell already, we absolutely LOVE sparkling cocktails at the Modern Black Belle. There is something about the way the bubbles hit our tongue that make us instantly feel flirty and fun! While the last time we focused on fizzy cocktails that you should definitely make at home or for your next party, this time, we’re going to introduce you to some classics that you can order on your next outing. Let’s jump in and see what your new favorite drinks are going to be!

 

1. The Mimosa + The Bellini

We’re going to kick this list off with everyone’s favorite brunch-time drinks. In almost every city across the US, you can most definitely find dozens of brunch spots crawling with hungry weekenders looking for insta-worthy meals and craft cocktails. And what are we all also looking for? Bottomless Mimosas & Bellinis - duh!
Fun Fact: Did you know that the Mimosa is just a spin on another classic - the Buck’s Fizz - which required more champs than oj (ummm can we say yes please).

Buck’s Fizz Ingredients:
1 parts Orange Juice
2 parts Champagne

Garnish: orange rind twists, orange slices, peach slices, berry skewers… the options are bottomless.

Mimosa Ingredients:
1 parts Orange Juice (or any fruit juice for that matter)
1 parts Champagne

Bellini Ingredients:
1 parts peach puree (or again, any fruit puree)
2 parts Champagne

Directions:
Fill champagne flute with fruit puree or juice. Top off with either Champagne or Prosecco. Garnish with fruits or rinds of choice.

2. The Champagne Cocktail

The term “cocktail” classically referred to some sort of alcohol mixed with sugar and bitters. However, if you’re like us, we like our alcohol to be of the fizzy persuasion. Although it’s called the Champagne Cocktail, you can gladly swap the preferred champs with your favorite Sparkling Wine, Cava or Prosecco. Tip: While the recipe calls for Angostura® bitters, ask your bar tender if they have any other flavored bitters for some added fun.

Ingredients:
1 sugar cube
3 dashes Angostura® Bitters
Champagne
Lemon twists for garnish

Directions:
Place the sugar cube in the champagne flute. Dash bitters in and them top with champagne. Garnish with lemon twist.

3. The French 75

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If Champagne alone won’t give you the buzz you’re looking for, then try the enlivening French 75. By combining dry gin and fresh citrus juice with champagne, this classy drink can add a spark to any night out.

Ingredients:
2 oz London dry gin
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 simple syrup
your favorite sparkling wine, well chilled

Directions:
Combine gin, lemon juice and simple syrup with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, then strain into a champagne flute Top with sparkling wine.

4. The Americano

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When speaking of classic drinks, it’s hard not to mention the Negroni - an increasingly popular gin filled refresher. If you are wanting the same taste but trying to keep it light & bubbly, the Americano is just right for you.

Ingredients:
1 oz Campari
1 oz sweet vermouth
Club Soda
Orange twists for garnish

Directions:
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add Campari and vermouth then top with soda. Stir well then add an orange twist for garnish,

5. The Gin + Tonic

You can’t have a fizzy and classic cocktail list without adding the G&T - Gin & Tonic. The earthy taste of gin mixed with the bitter tonic and lime come together in such a perfect way. Although this 3 ingredient drink seems simple enough, it is imperative to get the measurements quite right. If you order this on your next outing, be sure your bar tender uses fresh lime juice!

Ingredients:
2 oz London dry gin
3/4 oz lime juice
Tonic Water to top
1 lime wedge for garnish

Directions:
Add gin and lime juice to a highball glass. Fill glass with ice, then top with tonic water. Garnish with a lime wedge.

6. The Gin Fizz

In our post Pour ‘Em Up, Knock ‘Em Down, we noted the wonderfully southern Ramos Gin Fizz. It’s only right that we also give you the original Gin Fizz. It’s hard to turn down this fizzy frothy concoction, and while it may not be ready to make at most restaurants, you can definitely find this favorite at most bars that offer craft cocktails. Tip: See if you local bar offers infused gins. Adding another note of flavor really kicks this cocktail up a notch.

Ingredients:
2 oz gin
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
egg white from 1 medium egg
Club Soda
1 lemon wedge for garnish

Directions:
In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients except soda and garnish. Shake well for 1 minute, add ice then shake well again for 1 minute.

Strain into a highball glass, fill with ice, top with soda then stir gently. Add lemon wedge as garnish.

7. The Paloma

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Margaritas tend to be the tequila cocktail of choice. With so many flavor varieties, it’s no wonder why. But if you’re looking for a cool + crisp alternative to the standard margarita, the Paloma is here for you. Most bars will swap grapefruit soda with club soda and grapefruit juice (a worthy alternative). Tip: Add a little heat with some fresh jalapeño.

Ingredients:
2 oz reposado tequila
1/2 oz lime juice
grapefruit soda
1 pinch of salt
Salt and lime juice for the rim
Grapefruit twist for garnish

Directions:
Rim a highball glass with lime juice and salt, then fill with ice. Add the tequila and lime juice to the glass, top with grapefruit soda and briefly stir.

8. The Midori Sour

It may not be as much of a “classic” as some of the others on the list (as most of these drink have been around for over 100 years), but the Midori Sour has become a staple at bars across the country since making it’s debut in the late 1970’s. If you’re looking for something fresh to start your night off right, order this bright, sweet and sour drink.

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Ingredients:
1 oz Midori
1 oz Vodka
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz lime juice
Soda Water
Lemon or Lime slice for garnish

Directions:
Combine the Midori, vodka, lemon and lime juice in a Collins glass with ice. Stir well, top with soda water and then garnish with lemon or limes wedge.

9. The Mule(s)

If you have been to a bar recently, you probably have noticed a spike in different types of Mules. From the traditional Moscow Mule to creations like the Peach Kentucky Mule, just by swapping out the base ingredient this cocktail appeals to any taste. Tip: Know how to order your favorite mule: Moscow Mule - vodka, Kentucky Mule - bourbon, Dark N’ Stormy - dark rum, Mexican Mule - tequila, Irish Mule - Irish whiskey, Gin Gin Mule - gin (just to get you started).

Ingredients:
2 oz base liquor
juice from 1/2 lime
5 oz Ginger Beer
Lime wedge for garnish

Directions:
Add preferred liquor and lime juice with ice in glass, then top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge.

10. the Buck

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Last, but not least, the Buck. Okay, okay… let’s be honest here. We’re kind of cheating by listing this as a different drink. You may not have known this, but a Moscow Mule is simply a Vodka Buck (everybody is just more familiar with Mules). But the biggest thing to note is that a Buck is simply a spirit drink mixed with a citrus and ginger ale or ginger beer. So for this recipe, we’re going to focus on ginger ale, a crisp and smooth alternate if ginger beer just isn’t for you.

Ingredients:
2-3 oz base liquor
juice from 1/2 lime
Ginger Ale
Lemon wedge for garnish

Directions:
Add preferred liquor and lime juice with ice in a Collins glass, then top with ginger ale. Garnish with lemon wedge.


The next time you’re itching for a girls’ night out, or just having a casual drink at dinner, we’re sure you will be pleased when ordering any of these fizzy drinks. Let us know which recipe you tried and loved OR leave your favorite recipe we may have missed! Don’t forget to check out part 1 of our fizzy drinks blog And remember, always drink responsibly - cheers 🥂


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