The origin of champagne cocktails is unclear, but some believe they first splashed on the scene in 1861, when England went into mourning for Prince Albert.
According to historians, a bartender at London’s Brooks’ Club decided champagne should also be in mourning, and paired it with Guinness stout to make a black velvet.
This classic champagne cocktail recipe debuted around the turn of the 20th century. Today, there are countless variations on this basic theme.
In the movie Casablanca, there are two cocktails explicitly mentioned, both variations on the champagne cocktail.
“Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes, the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge.” Hester Browne