Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail
Add some nostalgic fun to your next party with this cotton candy champagne cocktail! Each glass is topped with a fluffy cloud of cotton candy. Perfect for bridal showers and brunch get-togethers.
If you’re looking for a fun cocktail idea, it doesn’t get much more fun that this. Fizzy, sparkling champagne brings the class, and sweet, airy cotton candy brings that instant hit of nostalgia.
Don’t we all have fond childhood memories of getting cotton candy at a carnival or fair? Remember standing on your tip toes and peering into the cotton candy machine and watching in awe as a cloud of fluffy, pastel-hued cotton candy magically formed onto a paper cone?
Well, we’re aiming to capture that same feeling with this cocktail!
About this cotton candy champagne cocktail
Not only is this cotton candy champagne cocktail fun and whimsical, it’s also super easy to make.
You don’t need to be an expert mixologist to make these for a party—just combine champagne and cotton candy in a glass to infuse the drink with sweet flavor, then add more cotton candy on top for visual effect.
While there’s something inherently summery about cotton candy—maybe because it’s so often enjoyed at summer carnivals?—this is definitely a year-round cocktail perfect for bridal showers, baby showers (mom-to-be can have sparkling white grape juice!), and other brunch-y get-togethers.
What you need
- Rosé champagne – We love the blush color of rosé champagne, but if you’re using a blue cotton candy, you may want to opt for regular champagne or Prosecco to keep your drink from turning purple.
- Cotton candy – Most candy stores will sell pre-made packages of basic cotton candy, and if you’re lucky, you might find one that has a variety of flavors. Etsy is also a great source for unique cotton candy flavors and colors!
Note: To stretch pricey bubbles further, you can add 1 ounce of cranberry juice.
How to make it
Fill the glasses with cotton candy. Set out 6 champagne flutes or coupes and place a handful of cotton candy in each one.
Add champagne. Pour champagne into the glasses, over the cotton candy. (One bottle of champagne will usually fill 6 glasses, but if you have large glasses, you may want to buy a second bottle just in case.)
Note: The cotton candy will dissolve very quickly especially if you use a champagne saucer. If you use a champagne flute instead, you will be able to fill it halfway with champagne then poke the cotton candy into the glass without allowing it to touch the champagne; this keeps it from dissolving as quickly.
Garnish. Add a small handful of cotton candy to the top of each glass.
This depends on the variety of cotton candy you purchase; typically, pink cotton candy has a vanilla flavor, which goes with just about anything, while blue cotton candy is raspberry flavored, which goes well with other berry flavors, citrus, and vanilla.
Cotton candy is mostly sugar, but not only sugar—it also has coloring and flavoring added.
There’s no difference! In North America, we call it cotton candy, but in Great Britain, they call it candy floss. In Australia and New Zealand, it’s known as fairy floss!
How to make this cotton candy champagne cocktail your own
With a 2-ingredient cocktail, there’s a lot of room for variations. Here are some of our favorite ideas!
- Make it boozier. Add peach schnapps for another layer of flavor—and a tipsier cocktail.
- Make it non-alcoholic. Cotton candy cocktails are fun for kids parties, too! Swap the champagne for sparkling white grape, apple, or pear juice.
- Make it pop. Amp up the nostalgia factor even more by sprinkling the cotton candy garnish on top of each cocktail with Pop Rocks. (You might also like pop rocks hot cocoa bombs!)
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Get the Recipe: Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail
- 1 bottle (750mL) Rosé Champagne
- Cotton Candy
- Add a handful of cotton candy to a glass
- Pour champagne over the top and serve immediately
- Top with a small handful of cotton candy
- One bottle of champagne will usually fill 6 glasses, however, serving size may vary depending on the volume of your glasses.
- You can use any flavor or color of cotton candy.
- We used rosé champagne, however you can use regular champagne or even Prosecco.
- To stretch the pricey bubbles further you can add 1 ounce of cranberry juice.
- The cotton candy will dissolve very quickly especially if you use a champagne saucer. If you chose a champagne flute instead, you will be able to fill it halfway with champagne then poke the cotton candy into the glass without allowing it to touch the champagne – this way it won’t dissolve as quickly!