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Sandra and Connie’s Champagne Cocktails!

"Nothing say 'celebration' like an evening that starts with bubbles"

“Nothing say ‘celebration’ like an evening that starts with bubbles”

Sandra and Connie’s Champagne Cocktails!


I’m a lucky guy. I wanted to write something fun about the season that people can appreciate and without my getting too commercial. I knew that if I had a seasonal question about food, drinks or creating a festive atmosphere, Atlas would be a great place to start.

I was able to connect with two great ladies many of you will recognize as instrumental in the running of Atlas and Avenue, Sandra and Connie. When I asked if they could offer up a Seasonal drink recipe it was unanimous that bubby was the way to go!

Sandra says, ‘Tis the busy season, so we recommend keeping things simple!” But as you can see, that doesn’t mean it has to look simple. Their creation is sophisticated, pretty and fun. And as Connie notes “Nothing says ‘Celebration!’ like an evening that starts with bubbles!’


So let’s get started.

You’ll need:

  • Champagne glasses
  • Bubbles of your choice (recommendations below)
  • Cordial (Sandra’s secret ingredient below)
  • Garnish for decoration
  • A boatload of friends (or just that special one)


Sandra and Connie’s Champagne Cocktail Recipe:

  • ¼ oz. Elderflower Cordial by Still Mountain Farms
  • 5 oz. B.C. Bubbles
  • Berry or Cherry Garnish



Connie and Sandra’s Fave Sparkling Wines:

Local choices:

  • Beaufort Carpe Diem or Carpe Nocte (both winners at the NorthWest Wine Summit in 2011).
  • 40 Knots Soleil Rosé or Brut

From the Okanagan:

  • Blue Mountain Brut
  • Summerhill’s organic Cipes Brut.


For a non-alcoholic version, just replace the bubbles with 5 oz. of your favourite mineral water.

Still Mountain Farm’s Elderflower Cordial is available at Atlas or Avenue. Just ask.


Be sure to toast Sandra and Connie

when you drop by Atlas or Avenue during the holidays! I have to say, I feel Atlas is such a worthy place to celebrate because they’ve been such a part of this community for 19 years. And they’ve created a great place to work for so many here in the valley. It’s not unusual to meet people working there five years and more, rare in the restaurant business and a sign of doing things right.


Chris Graham


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