Champs-Elysees Cocktail Drink

Champs-Elysees

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Fancy a superb cocktail? You’ve got to try this Champs-Elysees Cocktail recipe! It’s a delicious drink brimming with quality ingredients and super easy to put together.

Champs-Elysees Cocktail Recipe

Enjoy the fall season with this Champs-Elysees cocktail recipe! You'll love the invigorating blend of cognac, lemon juice, green Chartreuse, and simple syrup.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

173 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Cognac or Brandy
  • ½ oz Green Chartreuse
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • ¼ oz simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
  • Lemon twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Coupe Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill your coupe glass.
  • Add 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters to the shaker.
  • Pour in ¼ oz simple syrup.
  • Add ¾ oz lemon juice.
  • Measure and pour ½ oz Green Chartreuse.
  • Finish with 1½ oz Cognac or Brandy.
  • Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  • Fine strain the mixture into a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Cognac: If you don't have cognac, you can of course use brandy as a substitute. If you’re out of any fruit spirit try with a good quality whiskey.
  • Green Chartreuse: This is a unique ingredient and hard to replace, but Yellow Chartreuse can work if you're in a bind. It's sweeter and less potent, so adjust the other ingredients accordingly.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat.
  • Lemon juice: use lime juice, it will provide a similar level of acidity and a slightly different citrus flavor.
  • Angostura bitters: opt for orange bitter for a citrusy flavor, or try with Peychaud’s bitter for a slightly sweeter and more floral profile. 

Making a Pitcher of Champs-Elysees Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of cognac, 4 oz of green Chartreuse, 6 oz of lemon juice, 2 oz of simple syrup, and 16 dashes of Angostura bitters.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher with ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into individual chilled coupe glasses, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Cognac Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic brandy substitute. These are available and do a reasonable job of mimicking the cognac flavor.
  • Green Chartreuse Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic herbal tea infused with some botanicals like cinnamon, mace, and angelica root.
  • Proceed As Usual: Omit the Angostura bitters and use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. However, always check the labels of your ingredients to ensure they meet your dietary requirements.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
173
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
5
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Potassium
 
28
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
2
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Champs-Elysees Cocktail Drink

Champs-Elysees Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Enjoy the fall season with this Champs-Elysees cocktail recipe! You'll love the invigorating blend of cognac, lemon juice, green Chartreuse, and simple syrup.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 173

Ingredients
 

  • oz Cognac or Brandy
  • ½ oz Green Chartreuse
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • ¼ oz simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
  • Lemon twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Coupe Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill your coupe glass.
  • Add 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters to the shaker.
  • Pour in ¼ oz simple syrup.
  • Add ¾ oz lemon juice.
  • Measure and pour ½ oz Green Chartreuse.
  • Finish with 1½ oz Cognac or Brandy.
  • Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  • Fine strain the mixture into a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Cognac: If you don't have cognac, you can of course use brandy as a substitute. If you’re out of any fruit spirit try with a good quality whiskey.
  • Green Chartreuse: This is a unique ingredient and hard to replace, but Yellow Chartreuse can work if you're in a bind. It's sweeter and less potent, so adjust the other ingredients accordingly.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat.
  • Lemon juice: use lime juice, it will provide a similar level of acidity and a slightly different citrus flavor.
  • Angostura bitters: opt for orange bitter for a citrusy flavor, or try with Peychaud’s bitter for a slightly sweeter and more floral profile. 

Making a Pitcher of Champs-Elysees Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of cognac, 4 oz of green Chartreuse, 6 oz of lemon juice, 2 oz of simple syrup, and 16 dashes of Angostura bitters.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher with ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into individual chilled coupe glasses, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Cognac Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic brandy substitute. These are available and do a reasonable job of mimicking the cognac flavor.
  • Green Chartreuse Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic herbal tea infused with some botanicals like cinnamon, mace, and angelica root.
  • Proceed As Usual: Omit the Angostura bitters and use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. However, always check the labels of your ingredients to ensure they meet your dietary requirements.

What is a Champs-Elysees Cocktail?

A Champs-Elysees Cocktail is a brandy-based cocktail made of cognac, lemon juice, green Chartreuse, and Angostura bitters. It’s not particularly difficult to make as long as you have the right ingredients on hand; however, it does require some precision in balancing the strong flavors of its components. This drink is basically a twist on a Sidecar where the Chartreuse takes the orange liqueur place. The name ‘Champs-Elysees’ refers to one of the most famous avenues in Paris – adding an air of sophistication and French elegance to this potent concoction.

A side shot of a Champs-Elysees cocktail in a cocktail glass on a white coaster placed on a light blue table surrounded by a shaker, a white cloth and a white bowl with lemon pieces.

What is a Champs-Elysees Cocktail made of – The ingredients

To mix a Champs-Elysees Cocktail, you should have these ingredients:

  • Cognac: This is the base spirit of the Champs-Elysees cocktail, providing a rich and robust flavor.
  • Yellow Chartreuse: A French liqueur made by Carthusian monks, it adds a unique herbal complexity to the drink.
  • Lemon Juice: It brings a refreshing tartness that balances out the sweetness of other ingredients.
  • Simple Syrup: This sweetener helps to mellow out the strong flavors of brandy and Chartreuse.
  • Angostura Bitters: A classic cocktail ingredient, it adds depth and complexity with its blend of herbs and spices.

Cognac, green Chartreuse, lemon juice, simple syrup and Angostura aromatic bitters laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Champs-Elysees Cocktail?

Get to know how to prepare a Champs-Elysees Cocktail with our simple guide:

1
<p>Begin by chilling a coupe glass. This will ensure the drink doesn't warm up too much once served.</p>

Begin by chilling a coupe glass. This will ensure the drink doesn't warm up too much once served.

2
<p>Add two dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters to the shaker. This will adds depth and complexity with its blend of herbs and spices.</p>

Add two dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters to the shaker. This will adds depth and complexity with its blend of herbs and spices.

3
<p>Add half an ounce of simple syrup to the shaker. This will balance out the lemon juice's tartness and the Green Chartreuse's herbal notes.</p>

Add half an ounce of simple syrup to the shaker. This will balance out the lemon juice's tartness and the Green Chartreuse's herbal notes.

4
<p>Add one ounce of lemon juice to the shaker. The lemon juice adds a tart contrast to the sweetness of the cognac and the other ingredients.</p>

Add one ounce of lemon juice to the shaker. The lemon juice adds a tart contrast to the sweetness of the cognac and the other ingredients.

5
<p>Follow this with half an ounce of Green Chartreuse. This French liqueur, made by Carthusian monks, adds a unique herbal complexity to the cocktail.</p>

Follow this with half an ounce of Green Chartreuse. This French liqueur, made by Carthusian monks, adds a unique herbal complexity to the cocktail.

6
<p>Pour two ounces of cognac into the shaker. Cognac, a type of brandy, is the primary spirit in the Champs-Elysees cocktail and provides a rich, smooth base.</p>

Pour two ounces of cognac into the shaker. Cognac, a type of brandy, is the primary spirit in the Champs-Elysees cocktail and provides a rich, smooth base.

7
<p>Once all the ingredients are in the shaker. Fill your shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Once all the ingredients are in the shaker. Fill your shaker with ice cubes.

8
<p>Secure the lid, and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. This not only mixes the ingredients but also helps to chill and dilute the cocktail to the perfect strength.</p>

Secure the lid, and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. This not only mixes the ingredients but also helps to chill and dilute the cocktail to the perfect strength.

9
<p>After shaking, fine strain the cocktail into your chilled coupe glass. With its wide bowl and stemmed base, the coupe glass is a classic choice for serving cocktails.</p>

After shaking, fine strain the cocktail into your chilled coupe glass. With its wide bowl and stemmed base, the coupe glass is a classic choice for serving cocktails.

10
<p>Finally, garnish the cocktail with a twist of lemon peel. This not only adds a touch of elegance to the presentation, but the oils from the peel also add a subtle citrus aroma that enhances the overall drinking experience.</p>

Finally, garnish the cocktail with a twist of lemon peel. This not only adds a touch of elegance to the presentation, but the oils from the peel also add a subtle citrus aroma that enhances the overall drinking experience.

History and Origin

The Champs-Elysees Cocktail has a rich history from the early 20th century. Its name comes from the famous street in Paris, showing off its French roots and fancy style.

We find the first mention of the drink in the “Drinks-Long and short” by Nina Toyee & A.H. Adair (1925).

Also Harry Craddock wrote down the recipe for the Champs-Elysees Cocktail in his book “The Savoy Cocktail Book” in 1930,  Craddock worked as a bartender at The Savoy Hotel in London. His book taught bartenders worldwide how to make hundreds of cocktails, including the Champs-Elysees.

This cocktail mixes cognac, lemon juice, sugar syrup, green Chartreuse, and Angostura bitters. The cognac shows off France’s famous brandy-making skills. The green Chartreuse is a special herbal drink made by monks since 1737, which makes the cocktail taste even better.

Even though it probably started in France, the Champs-Elysees Cocktail became popular in America during Prohibition. From 1920 to 1933, alcohol was illegal in the United States. Many Americans went to Europe to enjoy their favorite drinks without breaking laws. That’s when the Champs-Elysees Cocktail became part of American drinking culture.

Today, people still love the Champs-Elysees Cocktail just like they did back then. It might not be as famous as other classic cocktails like the Martini or Old Fashioned, but those who know it love it for its old-school charm.

A Champs-Elysees cocktail in a cocktail glass on a beige surface surrounded by Cognac, green Chartreuse, lemon juice, sugar cubes and Angostura aromatic bitters

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Champs-Elysees cocktail?
A standard serving of the Champs-Elysees cocktail contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific brands of alcohol used.
How strong is a Champs-Elysees cocktail?
The strength of a Champs-Elysees cocktail depends on the proof of the cognac used. Typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 20-25%, translating to 40-50 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Champs-Elysees cocktail?
The primary alcohol in a Champs-Elysees cocktail is cognac, a type of brandy from the Cognac region of France. Additionally, it includes Green Chartreuse, a French liqueur made by Carthusian Monks since 1737.
In what kind of glass is a Champs-Elysees cocktail served?
Traditionally, you serve a Champs-Elysees cocktail in a chilled coupe glass. The wide rim and shallow bowl allow optimal aroma release, enhancing the drinking experience.
What does a Champs-Elysees cocktail taste like?
A Champs-Elysees cocktail offers a complex flavor profile. The cognac provides rich, fruity notes, while the Green Chartreuse adds herbal undertones. Lemon juice brings acidity and freshness to balance the sweetness, resulting in a well-rounded and sophisticated taste.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Champs-Elysees cocktail?
The typical ratio for a Champs-Elysees cocktail is 1.5 oz Cognac, 0.5 oz Green Chartreuse, 0.75 oz Lemon Juice, 0.25 oz Simple Syrup with a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters. This ratio ensures a harmonious blend of flavors.
How is a Champs-Elysees cocktail served?
A Champs-Elysees cocktail is usually served up, meaning it's shaken with ice and then strained into a glass without ice. This method helps to chill and dilute the drink while preserving its rich flavors.
What is the origin of the Champs-Elysees cocktail?
The Champs-Elysees cocktail traces its roots back to France, named after the famous avenue in Paris. It first appeared in print in “Drinks-Long and short” by Nina Toyee & A.H. Adair (1925).
Can I make a Champs-Elysees cocktail at home?
Absolutely! Making a Champs-Elysees cocktail at home is relatively straightforward as long as you have the necessary ingredients and tools. You'll need cognac, Green Chartreuse, lemon juice, simple syrup, and a shaker set.
Is there any special occasion to enjoy a Champs-Elysees cocktail?
While there's no specific occasion tied to the Champs-Elysees cocktail, its elegance and sophistication make it perfect for celebratory events or fancy dinner parties. However, enjoying a casual evening at home is also simple enough.

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