Pop the bubbly and mix up a delightful Framboise Champagne Cocktail tonight! This twist on classic beer cocktail features two ingredients: Lindeman’s Framboise Lambic, which is a raspberry beer, and champagne. The champagne mellows the sweetness of the raspberry lambic while adding bubbly goodness. This cocktail is perfect for Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, July 4 and any regular ‘ol weeknight that calls for a little bubbly. Make one today!
Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!
Hip, hip, HOORAY for a sparkling cocktail that’s the perfect color for an at-home Valentine’s dinner!
Let it be known, though, that this drink works year-round, whether you’re mixing it for New Year’s, a girls’ night in, July 4, or any other time you feel compelled to drink something with bubbles.
This Framboise Champagne Cocktail won’t disappoint. And it’s fast becoming one of my new favorite things because it’s super easy and super delicious… and you can make it for a crowd.
When I was a college student, my friends and I liked to walk to a local restaurant just off campus. I grabbed many lunches at The Chimes, and I took visiting friends to visit the well-loved establishment as often as I could.
As I got older, I discovered their beer list. (Hey, y’all know I didn’t drink until I was 21, so this was lost on me until then.)
It was the place my colleagues and I congregated after sending the student newspaper off at midnight. Not only was their kitchen open late and their food delicious, but their beers were always good. And they were plentiful. I’m talkin’ 100+ beers on tap.
It was there that I discovered my love for Framboise, a beer that is brilliantly raspberry flavored and does not taste like beer. Framboise is a lambic, which is fermented differently than regular beer, and is brewed in a specific Belgian region. It’s a good introduction for someone who’s not into beer because it’s strongly flavored by the fruit. It’s also a deliciously sweet way to start an evening with your friends.
Please note it’s pronounced fram-bwa-zzzz. Because I learned I’ve been mispronouncing it for 10+ years this past weekend.
One of my favorite ways to drink Framboise was mixed with another Belgian beer, Hoegaarden. The Hoegaarden, a wheat brew, cuts the sweetness of the raspberry lambic beautifully… but the name is quite unfortunate.
I’ve seen it listed as a Dirty Hoe, a Rose Garden, a Bloody Hoe, etc.
The name isn’t really appetizing, huh?
So for Valentine’s Day, I wanted to do a twist on this favorite beer cocktail of mine.
Instead of sharing the classic mixture with y’all, I wanted to make it fancier. And we should all know by now that when I want to get fancy, I involve champagne.
And thus… the Framboise Champagne Cocktail was born.
It’s only requires two ingredients, and it takes less than 5 minutes to mix up. The most challenging part is opening the bottles.
Is there a specific type of lambic or champagne I should purchase to make the best Framboise Champagne Cocktail?
I normally don’t care about brand names, but Lindeman’s Framboise Lambic is absolutely necessary for this cocktail to be brilliantly raspberry.
My local grocery carries it in various sizes, as well as various local liquor stores.
Search where you can find it in your area and go pick it up because it makes a difference. (During the first iteration of this cocktail, my husband picked up another framboise, and this drink was nowhere near as delicious.)
Can I make this mixed drink in a pitcher in advance? I think my girls would LOVE this for Galentine’s Day festivities!
Since this cocktail is made with a lambic and champagne and both have bubbles, it needs to be enjoyed almost immediately.
While it would make a cute pitcher drink, I’d hate to see it get flat over the course of an evening.
Other Champagne Drinks We Adore Sipping
- Easter Strawberry Champagne
- Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Cocktail
- Blended Mimosas
- Ginger Strawberry Bellini
- Pomegranate French 75
- Falernum Fizz Cocktail
- Princess Violette Cocktail
Now who wants one (or more) of these beauties for tonight?
Scroll down to learn how you can make your own and impress your sweet, your friends or yourself…
Framboise Champagne Cocktail
- 4 oz. Lindeman’s Framboise Lambic
- 2 oz. champagne or another dry sparkling white wine
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- In a white wine glass or a champagne flute, measure in the Lindeman’s Framboise Lambic.
- Pour the champagne on top of the Framboise.
- Enjoy immediately.
Have you ever tried Framboise?
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Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her…