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Rum & Campari Champagne Cocktail

A twist on the Classic Champagne Cocktail, this Rum & Campari Champagne Cocktail is a bit more mellow with Rum & Campari in place of Cognac & Angostura Bitter. But don’t worry, the Champagne is still there!

Looking for something else? Try a sparkling Cranberry Champagne Cocktail, a Clementine Campari Cocktail, a non-alcoholic Christmas Punch or a Cranberry Ginger Ale Mocktail.

three glasses of rum & campari campagne cocktail

Have you had a Classic Champagne Cocktail before? It’s a beautiful, easy & delicious champagne drink dating back to at least the mid-1800s – likely one of the oldest cocktails we’re still drinking today. And no wonder!

How to make a Champagne Cocktail

As dangerous as it is delicious a Champagne Cocktail is basically a spiked glass of Champagne. In the classic version, a sugar cube is saturated with Angostura Bitter before being added to a glass together with some cognac, after which the glass is filled up with Champagne. Some say it’s a crazy use of good Champagne – I say it’s delicious, and therefore not crazy at all.

That being said – you can use a dry Cava or other sparkling wine as well. I doubt anyone will taste the difference!

3 glasses of rum & campari champagne cocktail

OK – on to my version of the classic cocktail. Trying for a bit of a mellower taste (as well as – at least in my house – a bit more common ingredients) I used Campari instead of Angostura Bitter, and rum instead of cognac. It’s delicious and close in taste to the classic, albeit a bit less spicy due to the use of Campari instead of Angostura Bitter. The sugar cube is still there, the Champagne (or other dry sparkling wine) is still there, and it’s still the perfect welcome cocktail for any dinner party.

Maybe for New Year’s Eve? (Oh, and if you need some food as well – check out the 2018 always use butter New Year’s Eve menu.)

3 glasses of rum & campari champagne cocktail

Did you try this Rum & Campari Champagen Cocktail? What did you think? Let me know by leaving a comment and/or a rating below! Or just leave a comment anyway – I love hearing from you . I also love seeing your creations – so please tag me on Instagram if you post it and use the hashtag #alwaysusebutter.

3 glasses of rum & campari champagne cocktail

Rum & Campari Champagne Cocktail

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Course: Drinks
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 173kcal


  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 cl Campari
  • 2 cl rum
  • 12 cl Champagne or other dry sparkling wine


  • Place the sugar cube in a champagne flute and pour over the Campari. Follow with the rum and then top with Champagne. Serve immediately!
Nutrition Facts
Rum & Campari Champagne Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173
% Daily Value*
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 5g6%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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