Recently I had a few friends over and we just had a fun evening of mixing fun Halloween cocktails and this Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail really stood out as a crowd favourite so I had to get it out to you before the holiday!
Halloween Champagne Cocktail
This pretty pink champagne is a play on a classic cosmopolitan – you know, the drink made famous on Sex and the City.
A classic cosmopolitan is basically a vodka martini with a hit of cranberry juice and lime. Or more precisely:
If you’ve never had a classic cosmo, you’re missing out! Just try to get it made with real cranberry juice to avoid the sugar high that comes with “blends.”
As for our Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail, it is a tart and efferescent cocktail with a dry finish that leaves you wanting more. The color makes this cocktail look sweet when really, it’s anything but! (Just like a real vampire, no?)
PS – am I missing out having never watched or read the Twilight series? I’m a big Harry Potter nut but I was never really intrigued by the whole teen vampire phenomenon.
I also tried making this cocktail with a homemade cranberry simple syrup but my friends and I agreed that it was waaaay too sweet for our tastes. I like dry champagne so adding sweetness kind of ruins it for me. (The cranberry ginger ale is fine because it brings in that crispness of the ginger and the lime helps cut the sweetness.)
But if you think sweeter is better, you can make your own cranberry simple syrup by combing 1/2 cup of cranberries with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the mixture is reduced by half and has taken on a pink color from the cranberries – remove the skins and then keep the cranberry simple syrup in the fridge until it’s time to use it. Add just a teaspoon at a time until you reach your desired sweetness.
Tip: I often order my liquor from Drizly because they have a quick delivery time (sometimes within 40 minutes) and no expensive mark-ups. Purchasing from them supports local retailers, too. You can order the Vodka and Champagne needed for this recipe from them.
Pink Champagne Cocktail Ingredients
- Pink Champagne
- Cranberry ginger ale, to taste
- Lime Juice <– can use lemon juice, if preferred
- Pink food dye, optional <– this set of food coloring has lasted me forever and I love that it creates highly saturated colors with just a drop
- Simple Syrup, optional <– can use light corn syrup, if preferred
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: the champagne and gingerale should be chilled for at least 2 hours prior to making these cocktails.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful:
- Liquid measure
- Tongs if handling dry ice
I really loved using my gorgeous Omishome Bartending Kit to make this recipe. The pretty bamboo holder contains all of the tools you need to make perfect cocktails, and those pretty gold tools add a touch of class to your home bar set-up.
How to Make a Vampire’s Kiss Champagne Cocktail
To line the glass with the “blood drips” mix the corn syrup with the pink food dye.
Use a spoon to drip the corn syrup down the inside edge of the glass. You can freeze the glasses to prevent the syrup from running but I like the really drippy effect rather than just keeping it on the edge.
Place the vodka and lime juice in the bottom of your champagne flute and top with pink champagne. Let the bubbles fizz out and then fill to the edge with cranberry ginge rale.
If serving with dry ice, pop a small pebble-sized piece in each glass and be sure to instruct your guests to wait until it is done bubbling out before imbibing.
Here’s your free printable for our Vampire’s Kiss recipe:
- ½ oz vodka
- 3 oz pink champagne
- Cranberry ginger ale, to taste
- ½ oz lemon or lime juice
- Pink food dye, optional
- Corn syrup, optional
- To line the glass with the "blood drips" mix the corn syrup with the pink food dye.
- Use a spoon to drip the corn syrup down the inside edge of the glass. You can freeze the glasses to prevent the syrup from running but I like the really drippy effect rather than just keeping it on the edge.
- Place the vodka and lime juice in the bottom of your champagne flute and top with pink champagne. Let the bubbles fizz out and then fill to the edge with cranberry ginge rale.
- If serving with dry ice, pop a small pebble-sized piece in each glass and be sure to instruct your guests to wait until it is done bubbling out before imbibing.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 0g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
Are you a fan of the classic cosmo or champagne cocktails? Please let me know if you give this Vampire’s Kiss Champagne Cocktail a try – I would love to know what you think!