Champagne velvet cocktail

  • Serves 6

If you really want to impress your guests, treat them to this sophisticated sugared spritz

Champagne christmas cocktail

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  • Blackberries 175g
  • Caster sugar 50g + 1 tsp
  • Brandy 6 tbsp
  • Champagne or sparkling wine 1 bottle, chilled


  • Step 1

    Reserve 6 of the blackberries and put to one side for decoration.

  • Step 2

    Place the remaining blackberries with 50g caster sugar in a saucepan.

  • Step 3

    Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened slightly and is syrupy.

  • Step 4

    Sieve the blackberry syrup over a bowl, gently pressing with the back of a spoon.

  • Step 5

    Discard the fruit pulp. Chill the syrup.

  • Step 6

    Place a little of the syrup on a saucer and the remaining caster sugar on another saucer. Dip the rim of each of 6 champagne glasses first in the blackberry syrup, then in the caster sugar.

  • Step 7

    Blend the brandy with the remaining blackberry syrup and pour a couple of tablespoons of this into 6 Champagne flutes.

  • Step 8

    Top with your choice of chilled Champagne or sparkling wine.

  • Step 9

    Skewer a blackberry with a cocktail stick and place on top of each glass.

  • Step 10

    Serve immediately.