Have some champagne

Mixing wine and champagne together is a way to add zip to regular wine or the base for a sparkling party punch. Champagne is sparkling wine made specifically in the Champagne region of France, located north and east of Paris. Sparkling wines often are similar to champagne, but cannot be called champagne. Before mixing champagne and wine together, sample each to make sure their flavors will mesh well. A heavy, dry red wine might not combine well on your palate with a light, sweet champagne, for example.

Champagne Punch

Mix 2 (750 ml) bottles of chilled champagne in a bowl with 1 (750 ml) bottle of chilled white wine.

Add in 1 qt. of a juice you would like as the base flavor, such as orange or cranberry.

Pour in 1 cup of sugar, and stir the combination well.

Serve the punch over ice in champagne flutes. Garnish with marschino cherries or orange slices.

Champagne and Wine Cocktail

Pour 2 oz. of a red or white wine of your choice in a cocktail mixer with five cubes of ice.

Add 4 oz. of champagne to the mixer.

Swirl the mixer gently to ensure the wine and champagne mix but that the champagne doesn't get overly fizzy.

Strain the drink into a champagne flute, and serve with a fruit garnish.