To purists, blending bubbles with anything might be tres touché. But for cocktail lovers, Champagne or Sparkling Wine can be an ideal ingredient in which to add spirits and fun flavors. Don’t deem all bubbly blends as sweet or silly. On the contrary, the classic Champagne Cocktail of sugar cubes, aromatic bitters and sparkling wine is quite dry. Go ahead and add a twist to your celebratory glass of fizz with Bubbling Blends: The Sippin’ 5 Champagne Cocktails in Hawaii.
The Wai’olu Lounge at Trump Hotel Waikiki is all-about all-things champagne. In fact, each and every Thursday the scenic spot for sunset libations has a three-course champagne tasting complete with a trio of amuse bouche. When it comes to bubbly cocktails opt for the mix your own Bellini tray which comes with a bottle of Domain Chandon Sparkling and accompanied by peach puree, carafes of guava, pineapple and lilikoi juices plus an assortment of garnishes. Simply prefer just a glass of class? Order the That’s a Moray which blends Bombay Gin, fresh lime sour, hibiscus syrup and topped with Prosecco.
Wai’olu Lounge is located at 223 Saratoga Rd. www.trumpwaikikihotel.com 808.683.7777.
39 Hotel in Oahu’s hip downtown hangout, Chinatown, is by far the best cocktail lounge on the block. The bar program was developed by local mix master, Christian Self. The menu is perfectly comprised of equal parts classic and cutting-edge signature cocktails. On the sparkling side of things, sip the Rose Petal that blends Pomegranate and European rose essence with bubbles. The Bellini Cocktail is made of the traditional mixture of peach puree and Prosecco. And, the Hawaii 39 is a tart mixture of Sour Cherry and Prosecco.
39 Hotel is located at 39 N. Hotel St. www.thirtyninehotel.com 808.599.2552.
The Bar at Sunrise Pool
One of the Citysip.com staffer faves here is the Aperol Spritz. Equally wild in Italy, the Aperol Spritz is made with Prosecco, Aperol (an orange-flavored spirit) and a splash of soda water. It’s a delightful day in the sun cocktail option because it’s fairly low in alcohol and tastes fantastically light and refreshing. You can also order up a perfect champagne cocktail here at sunset as the staff has been thoroughly trained on the classics by bar consultant, Tobin Ellis. It’s also safe to say that The Bar at Sunrise Pool is an exceptional spot to sip a St. Germain cocktail or an elegant flute of Prosecco with some St. Germain dabbed in for sweetness. Opt for a fresh fruit garnish of strawberry, blueberries or star fruit for an added sweet touch.
The Bar at Sunrise Pool is located at the Waikiki Edition Hotel 1175 Ala Moana Blvd. www.editionhotels.com 808.943.5800.
Ferraro’s Bar at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has an entire section on their cocktail menu dedicated to bubbly. Take a sparkling tour through the vast selection starting with the Venetian Champagne that combines Bele Casel Prosecco, Aperol Aperitivo, and muddled berries. The Elderflower is a blend of Prosecco and Sprite and drizzled with St. Germain Elderflower. And, the Limoncello Splash infuses bubbles with sweet Limoncello and tart pineapple juice.
Ferraro’s Bar is located at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea 3900 Wailea Alanui www.fourseasons.com/maui 808.874.8000.
For an exceptional sparkling cocktail experience, visit the Lewers Lounge in the elegant Halekulani Hotel. The best of bubbly cocktails can be found at the romantic cocktail haunt. Taste the island, sophisticate Lost Passion that’s made with Reposado Tequila, St. Germain, lilikoi and fresh lime juices and topped off with champagne. The Hibiscus Blush enhances Italian Sparkling Wine with natural nectar and hibiscus blossom. And, the Sparkle and Spice is a seasonal treat of muddled raspberries, sage leaves, house-made Hawaiian chili simple syrup, tawny port, Bacardi Anejo and fresh lime juice.
Lewers Lounge is located at the Halekulani Hotel www.halekulanihotel.com 808.923.2311.