Lockdown Cocktails Episode IV: Champagne Royales

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Did you know a cocktail charged or topped with champagne is often called a ‘royale’? You might have recognised this from a commonly served drink in France called the Kir Royale (crème de cassis plus champagne).

In this class we’ll learn some more cocktails in the royale family so pick a lovely dry sparkling wine from Champagne or another wine in a similar Champagne style.

What will we cover?

In this class we will: 

  • Make 3 delicious surprise cocktail recipes with sparkling wine as base
  • Cocktail tools, tips and anecdotes
  • Ask all our cocktail questions

What will we need?

  • Something to shake with: eg. 3 piece shaker, Boston style glass + shaker tin, tightly sealed jar or wide-mouthed drink bottle.
  • Appropriate strainers for your shaker: hawthorne strainer (for any 2 piece shaker), fine strainer (recommended for all drinks)
  • Something to measure with: eg. A cocktail jigger, shot glass measure, cough medicine measure, measuring spoons.
  • A variety of glassware.  Drinks are optimally best presented in a stemmed coupe/martini glass approx 150-170ml, collins/tall glass 300-350ml or rocks glass 300-400ml.  But whatever you have will work!
  • Knife and chopping board.
  • Something to juice citrus with.
  • Something to stir with: bar spoon or chopstick.
  • A tray or tea towel to catch spills.
  • Ingredients:
    • Drink 1: Dry sparkling wine/champagne + fresh limes + sugar + fresh mint + aged Caribbean style rum (originally made with Bacardi 8 yo rum now rebranded as “Bacardi Reserva Ocho”) + Angostura bitters
    • Drink 2: Dry sparkling wine/champagne + fresh limes + mild/regular or runny honey + light/white rum.
    • Drink 3: Dry sparkling wine/champagne + dry style gin + fresh lemon + Angostura bitters + fresh raspberries


  • Closed Captions
  • Early Bird Cheap Tix
  • Free Tix for First Nation Attendees
  • Auslan Interpreter Upon Request

Who will be teaching?

Simon began adult life disliking alcohol in all forms after repeated unsuccessful attempts to be friends with beer, rum/coke and tequila sunrises.  But a chance encounter with a vodka, lime and soda was his gateway drink into a classic daiquiri at the famed cocktail bar Der Raum.  Since then Simon become an avid barfly visiting cocktail bars around the world in Europe, America, Asia, NZ and Australia as well as being good friends with gin, rum, whiskey and wheat beers.  More recently Simon has been creating at-home cocktail experiences and teaching friends to make tasty drinks all around the world whether it’s a Melbourne balcony, a villa in Tuscany, an apartment in Paris or on a sailing boat in San Francisco Bay.

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