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10 Celebratory Champagne Cocktails To Make At Home This Christmas

Ah Christmas, that wonderful time of the year when there’s always an unexpected guest, a reason or excuse to celebrate.

As the evenings fill up, relatives start to descend and cheese platters assemble themselves, it may just be time to rethink your drinks offering.

This festive season, skip the OJ and cheap sparkling and break out the bubbly. Champagne has been a much-loved cocktail ingredient for hundreds of years. In fact, history is peppered with drink recipes calling for an injection of sparkle from Champagne -- and especially from Mumm’s Brut Cordon Rouge with its fresh, fruity and biscuity palate. Perfect for celebrations like Christmas.

Mumm Champagne uses a high proportion of pinot noir in its blend, plus smaller amounts of two champagne grapes pinot meunier and chardonnay, which offers a stunning complexity that's has become the brand's trademark.

So get the Christmas party started and take your pick from any of these 10 delightful Mumm Champagne tipples. You’ll need a shaker, some ice, chilled coupes, wine glasses or flutes (pop them in a freezer an hour before if you can) and of course a bottle or two of G.H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge Champagne.

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Bucks Fizz

Yes, we did say skip the OJ, but Christmas morning begs for a little celebratory drink and this Bucks Fizz isn’t your bog-standard Mimosa. In fact, this is the original recipe devised in 1921 at Captain H. Buckmaster’s Buck’s Club in Mayfair, where PG Wodehouse, and his fictional hero Bertie Wooster, were known to pop to for a bridging drink or two. How fancy, how festive.

Ingredients:50ml freshly squeezed orange juice 10ml cherry marnier 10ml London dry gin 10ml sugar syrup (Monin or the like will be fine or you can dilute equal parts water to sugar to make your own) Top with G.H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge Champagne

Method:Shake the first four ingredients together over ice and strain into a chilled glass. Top with G.H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge Champagne.

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Soyer Au Champagne

A 1940s edition of Esquires Handbook for Hosts tells us this was the most popular drink in cafes around Christmas in Europe. While Champagne is definitely one of the more sophisticated inventions from the continent, we think the ice cream element in this cocktail makes it far more suited to a classy Australian Christmas, and no doubt your guests will, too.

Ingredients:1 large scoop vanilla ice cream 15ml cognac 10ml orange curacao 10ml maraschino liqueur 60ml G.H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge Champagne

Method:In a large chilled glass add the ice cream, pour other ingredients over and serve with a spoon.

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Champagne Julep 

This oh-so-fresh Julep will cut through any indulgences on Christmas day with its refreshing minty palette and icy-coolness. It’s super simple to make so why not set up a DIY station for guests to replenish and refresh as the day goes on? The bright grapefruit notes and light honeyed sweetness of Mumm work a treat with those mint leaves.

Ingredients:15ml sugar syrup (Monin or the like will be fine or you can dilute equal parts water to sugar to make your own) 8 mint leaves 125ml G.H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge Champagne

Method:In a Julep cup or glass add the sugar syrup and mint and lightly press the leaves with a spoon. Add the Champagne and stir gently. Fill with crushed ice and garnish with mint sprigs and any seasonal berries that might not have made it onto the pavlova.

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Moonwalk

You can tell your family they’re sipping a piece of history with this dainty cocktail. Invented in 1969 by Joe Gilmore at London’s Savoy Hotel to celebrate the moon landing, it was sent in a flask to NASA where Neil Armstrong apparently enjoyed it as his first drink upon returning to Earth. He even wrote to Joe to thank him for the flask, and that letter is still on display in the hotel bar to this day.

Ingredients:1 cube of sugar 3 dashes grapefruit bitters 3 dashes orange blossom water 30ml Grand Marnier Top G.H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge Champagne

Method: Place the sugar cube in a chilled glass and dash the bitters and orange water over it. Pour in the grand marnier and top with the Champagne.

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Champagne Piña Colada

A match made in bartending heaven, the Piña Colada met Champagne in a small French-themed bar in London, and has been delighting palates globally every since. This frozen number is perfect for poolside drinks, whether you’re celebrating a rowdy Christmas day or backing up for round two on Boxing Day.

Ingredients:20ml light rum 40ml pineapple juice 35ml pineapple syrup 2 scoops coconut sorbet 50ml G.H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge Champagne

Method:Place all the ingredients except for the Champagne into a blender with one scoop of crushed ice and blend till smooth. Pour into a chilled glass and top with Champagne.

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Earl Grey Fizz 

This cocktail looks like a plain glass of fizz, but it’s hiding a well-balanced something. Forget about a Long Island Iced Tea and upgrade yourself to this classy Earl Grey Fizz which would kick off a Christmas party with panache.

Ingredients:30ml vodka 15ml cold brewed earl grey tea 7.5ml sugar syrup (Monin or the like will be fine or you can dilute equal parts water to sugar to make your own) Top with G.H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge Champagne

Method:Shake first three ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled glass. Top with Champagne. Garnish with lemon zest.

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Carol Channing

From the same bartender who gave us the Espresso Martini comes this fruity pink number using raspberry as its focal flavour to complement the Champagne. The real joy to this drink is popping some raspberries in and watching the bubbles gracefully spring them and down the flute.

Ingredients:25ml framboise eau-de-vie 20ml raspberry liqueur Top G.H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge Champagne

Method:Pour the eau-de-vie and liqueur into a flute and top with the Champagne. Garnish with two fresh raspberries.

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Ice Maiden 

Invented by Swedish bartender Mia Johansson, this cocktail is elegant and subtle, perfect for an afternoon drink or sipped alongside a grazing platter. The delicate fruit notes play with Mumm Champagne perfectly.

Ingredients:15ml vodka 15ml poire liqueur 15ml Lillet Blanc 2 dashes lemon bitters 50ml G.H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge Champagne

Method:Combine all ingredients except for the Champagne in a large stirring glass and stir over ice. Strain into a chilled glass over a large ice block. Top with the Champagne.

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Le Jardin

This salmon pink cocktail was inspired by a quote from Nicolas Gilsoul which said ‘a garden, like Champagne, is a filter, a medium through which the person walking in it awakens his senses and reveals the depth of his emotions.’ A perfect fruity and bright cocktail to kick lunch off with.

Ingredients:20ml dry gin 10ml sugar syrup (Monin or the like will be fine or you can dilute equal parts water to sugar to make your own) 4 fresh blueberries 15ml freshly squeezed lemons 10ml pressed apple juice 75ml G.H. Mumm Brut Rosé

Method:Shake all ingredients except the champagne over ice and strain into chilled glass, top with rosé Champagne.

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Slow Gin Fizz

This salmon pink cocktail was inspired by a quote from Nicolas Gilsoul which said ‘a garden, like Champagne, is a filter, a medium through which the person walking in it awakens his senses and reveals the depth of his emotions.’ A perfect fruity and bright cocktail to kick lunch off with.

Ingredients:20ml dry gin 10ml sugar syrup (Monin or the like will be fine or you can dilute equal parts water to sugar to make your own) 4 fresh blueberries 15ml freshly squeezed lemons 10ml pressed apple juice 75ml G.H. Mumm Brut Rosé

Method:Shake all ingredients except the champagne over ice and strain into a chilled glass, top with rosé Champagne.