Easy Champagne Cocktails: The Barbowhatever

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For New Year’s Eve, I’m sharing 6 easy champagne cocktails that together use only 9 ingredients. Get the recipe for one of the cocktails and the links to the rest below.

When we were in Philadelphia in November, I ordered one of the champagne cocktails off of a menu in a restaurant. It was called a Barbotage. I *loved* it. When I got home I immediately looked up what was in it. I wound up confused. I found some recipes that seemed like they might be what I had (champagne spiked with orange liqueur and brandy). But others had no spirits but did have bitters and still others had orange juice and grenadine.

6 Easy Champagne Cocktails from 9 Simple Ingredients: The BarbowhateverThe Champagne Cocktail recipe that I’m sharing with you today is as close to the one I had in Philly as I can get. I’m not sure if it’s authentically a Barbotage or not. I’m calling it a Barbowhatever. When something’s this good it doesn’t matter what you call it, right?

This recipe is part of my New Year’s Eve series “6 Easy Champagne Cocktails, 9 Simple Ingredients”.

Get the list of nine ingredients here. 

Another one of my favorite champagne cocktails is the Sparkling French Martini. You should give that one a try, too!

Sparkling French Martini - an easy champagne cocktail from COOKtheSTORY.com

The Barbowhatever - An Easy Champagne Cocktail

This is a pretty strong champagne cocktail. It makes for a great after-dinner drink. If you like something on the weaker side, use a bit more bubbly.


  • ice cubes
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur (like Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
  • ½ ounce brandy or cognac
  • a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ of a cup of sparkling wine
  • a slice of orange for garnish


  1. Put 8-10 ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Add the orange liqueur, brandy and lemon juice. Put the lid on and shake it, baby.
  2. Pour it into a brandy snifter. Pour in the sparkling wine. Add a couple more ice cubes and the orange slice. Sip slowly.


And here are the links to the other champagne cocktails in this series.

Paint Your Mimosa Red

The Pink French 75

The Poinsetta

The Black Velvet

The Sparkling Sangria

7 Responses to “Easy Champagne Cocktails: The Barbowhatever”

  1. Steve Linnell — February 1, 2018 @ 11:09 am (#)

    Barbotage – a method of pain control that involves repeatedly withdrawing and reinjecting a small quantity of cerebrospinal fluid in the space surrounding the spinal cord – not really sure how this relates to a champagne cocktail!!


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