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Ritz
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4.75 / 5
The Ritz cocktail is a classic French-inspired drink that exudes elegance and luxury. Its origins can be traced back to the iconic Ritz Hotel in Paris, where it was created ... more The Ritz cocktail is a classic French-inspired drink that exudes elegance and luxury. Its origins can be traced back to the iconic Ritz Hotel in Paris, where it was created in the early 1900s. This timeless cocktail is a perfect balance of bold flavors and delicate bubbles. The combination of Cointreau, a French orange liqueur, with the rich depth of cognac creates a smooth and slightly sweet base. This is then enhanced by the addition of freshly squeezed orange juice, adding a refreshing citrus note. Finally, the drink is topped off with a generous pour of champagne, adding a touch of effervescence and sophistication. The Ritz cocktail is a true delight for the senses, offering a taste of glamour and opulence with every sip.
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Cognac
Garnish
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Orange
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15.4% | 2.68 units *
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Easy
Classic
Shaken

Champagne glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
cl
7.5ml ¼oz 0.8cl
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl
120ml 4.06oz 12cl

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Ritz cocktail is a symphony of sophistication, expertly blending the velvety richness of cognac with the bright zestiness of Cointreau and orange juice, creating a layered and seductive base. Topped with champagne, it elevates the concoction to a bubbly realm of elegance, where each sip whispers of luxury and time-honored traditions, making it not just a drink, but an experience embodying the opulence of the Ritz itself.

Method
How to make a Ritz

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients except the champagne to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted
Strain into a champagne flute and top up with the champagne
Garnish with an orange slice and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of occasions is the Ritz cocktail best suited for?

The Ritz cocktail, with its elegant blend of Cointreau, orange juice, cognac, and champagne or prosecco, served in a Champagne glass, is ideal for celebratory events such as weddings, anniversaries, New Year's Eve, or any occasion that calls for a touch of sophistication and celebration. Its sparkling nature makes it a festive choice.

FAQ

Can I replace Champagne with something else in the Ritz cocktail?

While Champagne or prosecco are traditional choices for the Ritz cocktail, offering a distinct taste and effervescence, it's possible to substitute them with other sparkling wines for a similar effect. Cava or a quality domestic sparkling wine can be good alternatives. The key is to ensure the substitute provides a pleasing balance of sweetness and acidity to complement the other ingredients.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Ritz cocktail?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version of the Ritz cocktail by substituting the cognac with a non-alcoholic dark spirit alternative and the Champagne or prosecco with a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or sparkling cider. Use non-alcoholic triple sec or an orange-flavored syrup instead of Cointreau. Adjust the quantities to taste preference.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Ritz cocktail compare to other cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 15.4%, the Ritz cocktail falls into a moderate range of alcohol concentration for cocktails. Many classic cocktails have alcohol contents that range widely from as low as 5% to as high as 40% or more, depending on the ingredients and their proportions. The Ritz, with its mix of spirits and Champagne, offers a balanced option that is neither too strong nor too light.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

What makes the Ritz cocktail unique compared to other champagne-based cocktails?

The Ritz cocktail stands out due to its intriguing blend of Cointreau, orange juice, and cognac, topped with champagne or prosecco. This combination offers a harmonious balance of citrus, sweetness, and depth, unlike other champagne-based cocktails that may focus more on the champagne itself or pair it with lighter spirits. Its preparation method—cold, shaken, not stirred—also ensures a smooth, well-integrated mix of flavors, making it a distinguished choice among champagne cocktails.

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