Easy Champagne Cocktails: The Barbowhatever

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 Barbowhatever

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. 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. 

The Barbowhatever
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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.
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1
  • 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


  1. 6 Easy Champagne Cocktails, 9 Simple Ingredients: Sparkling Sangria — December 27, 2013
  2. 6 Easy Champagne Cocktails, 9 Simple Ingredients, Today: The Poinsetta — December 27, 2013
  3. 6 Easy Champagne Cocktails, 9 Simple Ingredients, Today: The French 75 — November 17, 2013
  4. Six Easy Champagne Cocktails that use Nine Simple Ingredients — October 21, 2013
  5. 6 Easy Champagne Cocktails, 9 Simple Ingredients, Today: Black Velvet : Cook the Story — January 1, 2013

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