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Champagne Parfait
Photo Credit: Jordan Catapano

Champagne Parfait

Contributing Blogger: Jordan Catapano of the “This Girl Walks Into A Bar” blog

“There’s a newfound and widespread love for classic cocktails thanks to shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men, and Champagne-themed libations have taken center stage. No longer just a liquid accessory to wedding speeches and New Year’s Eve toasts, the bubbly provides the foundation for a complex drink without the hassle of chopping, muddling, mixing, or shaking. It pairs perfectly with gin and almost any liqueur, and it allows even the most amateur bartender to wear the hat (or lab coat) of an expert mixologist.

For your holiday soiree, set up a bubbly bar for your guests to enjoy throughout the night. Offer a selection of Champagne, Brut, Prosecco, Cava, demi-sec, or sparkling wine and a variety of fruit-based liqueurs. Chop up the corresponding fresh fruit and open a chilled bottle of gin and vodka, and you’ve got a parfait station and self-sustaining entertainment for an entire evening.”

Champagne Parfait Cocktail

New Year's Eve and champagne go hand-in-hand. Learn what hit television shows popularized champagne and read more about pleasing your guests. Discover other holiday cocktails in our collection of original recipes from the top bartenders across the nation.



  • 3 ounces chilled champagne (any bubbly will do)
  • 1 ounce gin
  • ½ ounce blackberry liqueur
  • ½ ounce cranberry liqueur
  • Fresh blackberries and cranberries


  1. Combine ingredients and serve in a pre-chilled champagne flute.

Meet the Blogger

Jordan Catapano

Jordan Catapano, author of This Girl Walks Into a Bar: A Women’s Guide to Professional Bartending and Home Mixology, has had long experience as a professional bartender and mixologist. She blogs daily for and writes regularly for Modern Mom Magazine and Beverages & More. She has contributed her cocktail expertise to several online sites including The Huffington Post, Saveur Magazine, The Sacramento Bee, and The Bellingham Herald. Jordan hosts the webisode “Let’s Mix” and will soon be seen starring in the reality show “Setting the Bar.” She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.


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