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Chicago Cocktail Recipe

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Last Updated on August 29, 2021 by The Noms

This Chicago cocktail is named for the city of Chicago, and has been in cocktail manuals since the 19th Century. A brandy based mixed drink.


The Chicago cocktail is a Champagne drink that is great all year long. While it shares some similarities with the Champagne cocktail, it has a much larger dose of brandy, which makes it different from the light and brunchy sparkling drink. For a champagne cocktail, reverse the ratio and substitute a sugar cube for the orange liqueur.


Instead, the result is a rare drink when the bubbles feel like a component. The base of the drink is the brandy, and then topped with Champagne. The bubbly texture of sparkling wine, with orange liqueur and brandy is a fruity and citrusy drink.


Chicago cocktail in coupe with lemon peel


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The Chicago Cocktail is also called a “Fancy Brandy Cocktail.‘”


Brown cocktail in coupe with lemon peel


Chicago Cocktail

Overall, the Chicago has to be close to correct ingredients, because too much Champagne will be too much and take over, the orange liqueur is same. We came up with a ratio that we liked, including a specific dose of orange liqueur and defined measure of bubbles.


Some versions do call for sugaring the rim of the glass. (We did not, but please feel free) To do so, rub a lemon or orange slice around the rim and dip it in superfine or powdered sugar. The Chicago cocktail can be served on the rocks or straight up in a coupe.


Chicago cocktail in coupe with lemon peel


Taste this drink to make sure it’s to your liking, or the person you are serving it to, as the sweetness of both the wine and orange liqueur can effect the balance of the drink. Play around with ratios you may like, and don’t be afraid to deviate from this recipe guideline that we have given you. This is just what we preferred.


Wine Choices

Don’t get too tricky with the wine, feel free to use champagne, prosecco, or cava. Use a sweeter version if you like sweeter and a drier version if you don’t like as sweet in a cocktail.



The bitters in this can be played with as well. Feel free to use aromatic, orange, or any flavor you like. Bitters add so much to a drink, and can change things with just a few dashes, so find something you like!


Chicago cocktail in coupe with lemon peel


This drink recipe is adapted from Harry Craddick’s Savoy Cocktail Book (1930). There are other versions that don’t have the champagne and serve it over cracked ice with a sugared rim  and a lemon slice.


Due to its spirit forward nature, be prepared for that, and play with the ratios yourself, you may find one you like!


Brown cocktail in coupe with lemon peel




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Chicago cocktail in coupe with lemon peel
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Chicago Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Chicago cocktail is named for the city of Chicago. A brandy based drink.


  • 2 ounces brandy
  • .25 ounce triple sec
  • dash of aromatic bitters
  • 1 ounce Champagne
  • lemon slice for garnish


  1. Combine brandy, triple sec and bitters with ice in a shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into coupe.
  3. Top with Champagne.
  4. Garnish with lemon peel or slice.
  5. Cheers!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163Carbohydrates: .3g

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Brown cocktail in coupe with lemon peel


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