The Bubbly Maple Leaf Champagne Cocktail

My countdown to The Oscars in liquid form ends today with a champagne cocktail in honor of the final Best Picture Nominee, Argo. Check out all the other fun and easy 2012 Best Picture Nominee drinks by clicking here.

Bubbly Maple Leaf Cocktail with sparkling wine, scotch, maple syrup and lime juice. By

The Oscars are tonight!!!

Do you have plans?

Are you having a fabulous Oscar Party or staying home on your own to concentrate and soak up as much as possible? Either way, get into the spirit with the Best Picture Nominee Drinks that are going on here. There’s one for each film that was nominated for best picture.


I’ve been bringing you a different Oscar-inspired drink everyday for 9 days as we’ve counted down to the Oscars. It’s been so fun.

In developing the drinks and taking the pictures my goal was to capture the spirit of the movies such that if someone just saw the photo or tasted the drink they would know which movie it went with.

I think I just invented an Oscar Party Game! You can play “Guess which movie goes with this drink?” How fun!

Bubbly Maple Leaf champagne cocktail - it has sparkling wine, scotch, maple syrup and lime juice. By www.cookthestory.comToday I’m bringing you my final Best Picture Nominee drink. It’s in honor of Argo. Argo is an edge-of-your-seat kind of movie. Even though we all know how it ends (it’s a true story so the truth is out there) you still have to lean forward with anxiety until the last moment.

I really liked it.

To celebrate this movie I’m proposing a Champagne Cocktail (a less expensive sparkling wine is perfect for this too). It’s appropriate especially for the end of the movie when Champagne corks pop and wine bubbles over.

It’s also appropriate because to tonight Oscars night. Let’s celebrate!

In addition to the sparkling wine, this cocktail has Scotch because the handsome (if shaggy) Ben Affleck swipes a bottle of Macallan from the Canadian Ambassador’s residence and spends a night drinking it out of the bottle.

I don’t recommend doing that.

But mixing it with a bit of bubbly is perfectly o.k..

Especially if it’s also got some maple syrup mixed in, to celebrate the role of Canada in the crazy evacuation scheme. And lime, because lime is favored in Iranian cooking. In fact, the big round thick-skinned limes you get at the grocery store are Persian Limes (Iran used to be called Persia).

So, this Champagne Cocktail is the perfect mix of celebration and ode to the movie Argo.

Before handing out the recipe, here are the links to all the other Best Picture Nominee Drinks.

The Django Unchained Cocktail: Bourbon and Sweet Tea with Blood Orange


The Lincoln Cocktail: An Old Fashioned Cocktail with Apple Brandy


The Amour Cocktail: A classically French Kir


The Beasts of the Southern Wild Cocktail: Home Sweet Home (butterscotch, Bailey’s and spice)


The Life of Pi Cocktail: A Salty Tiger (grapefruit juice and IPA beer in a glass with a salted rim)


The Les Misérables Drink: Red wine


The Silver Linings Playbook Drink: Beer, to go with all that football in the movie


The Zero Dark Thirty Cocktail: A Mint Canary (lemon juice, chilled mint tea and rum)

And of course, today’s cocktail recipe Argo: A Bubbly Maple Leaf Cocktail (sparkling wine, Scotch, maple syrup and lime juice)

Bubbly Maple Leaf champagne cocktail - made with sparkling wine, scotch, maple syrup and lime juice. Recipe on

And here’s the champagne cocktail recipe:

The Bubbly Maple Leaf Champagne Cocktail

This Champagne Cocktail is based on The Maple Leaf but with lime instead of lemon, and with the addition of sparkling wine of course. It's as easy to make as it is delicious. And very celebratory! (If this is for a party, you can make up a large batch of the scotch, maple, lime mixture and then keep it chilled. To serve, drizzle about 3 ounces of the scotch mixture into a champagne flute and then top with bubbly).


  • 1 ounce Scotch whisky
  • 1 ounce real maple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • ice
  • 3 ounces sparkling wine (an inexpensive Prosecco works well here)


  1. Measure the Scotch, maple syrup and lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Add a good handful of ice, put the lid on the shaker and shake it up until everything is really really cold.
  2. Strain the Scotch mixture into a champagne flute. Top with the sparkling wine. Celebrate!



6 Responses to “The Bubbly Maple Leaf Champagne Cocktail”

  1. [email protected] — February 27, 2013 @ 8:33 am (#)

    Geeze…. I wish I would have thought to make cocktails! I think I was drinking licorice tea.

    • Christine Pittman — February 27, 2013 @ 10:56 am (#)

      I wound up being sick with a terrible sore throat (still have it!) and so drank tea all night as well. I have to come up with a different excuse to sip on these cocktails all night soon. Hey, we should have a virtual cocktail party one of these days. THAT would be an excuse!

  2. Paula — February 24, 2013 @ 5:31 pm (#)

    OMG! Love that you chose a champagne cocktail and that you added Maple Syrup for the Cdn. content in the movie! Hope you curl up and relax with one of your wonderful cocktails this evening and enjoy the Oscars.

    I’ll be watching (and sipping on an Amaretto over ice probably :)

    • Christine Pittman — February 25, 2013 @ 9:50 am (#)

      Thanks Paula. Hope you had a nice evening and enjoyed your Amaretto! Sounds like a perfect Oscars drink to me :)


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