The Barbowhatever – Easy Champagne Cocktail

Once in Philadelphia on vacation, 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.

Glass of a light colored sparkling drink with an orange slice and ice.

The Barbowhatever Cocktail

The 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, so I’m calling it a Barbowhatever. When something’s this good it doesn’t matter what you call it, right?

My version has orange liquor (like Cointreau), brandy, and a squeeze of lemon juice. These get shaken over ice and poured into a glass. I’ve used a brandy snifter for mine. Then, you pour in your champagne or sparkling wine of choice, add a couple ice cubes and a orange slice, and enjoy!

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

More Champagne Cocktails

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!


The Barbowhatever – An Easy Champagne Cocktail

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Category: Beverage
  • Cuisine: American


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 oz. orange liqueur (like Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
  • ½ oz. brandy or cognac
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup of sparkling wine
  • Orange slice, for garnish


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

6 responses to “The Barbowhatever – Easy Champagne Cocktail”

  1. Steve Linnell says:

    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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