- Reese Witherspoon said one of her favorite cocktails is Champagne and ginger ale.
- Insider turned to two mixology experts to see what they thought of the combination.
- Both said it would make sense considering carbonated water is sometimes mixed with Champagne in other cocktails.
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Reese Witherspoon has made a name for herself on social media as somewhat of a kitchen maven. From soup recipes to happy hour, the actress and producer looks happy to be creating in the kitchen.
In a recent interview led by Tracee Ellis Ross and published in Interview magazine, Witherspoon shared her favorite cocktails, most of which involve ginger ale.
“I drink a lot of ginger ale,” the movie star told Ross. While Witherspoon said she also enjoys vodka soda with lime and whiskey with ginger ale, she also mentioned that she likes the combination of Champagne and ginger ale.
Insider spoke with two professional mixologists to get their take on this bubbly concoction
“Never heard of that combo,” Aleksey Reznikov, head bartender at New York City’s The Garrett bar, said via email.
Reznikov said it’s common to add carbonated water to Champagne, but that he’s not familiar with using ginger ale as that second agent. While he told Insider that this combination isn’t necessarily something he would recommend to a guest, he’s happy to make it for anyone who wants to drink like Witherspoon.
“People can like whatever they want,” Reznikov said. “I always say to guests, ‘As long as you like it we’re all set.’ So if that’s Reese’s drink of choice then she should drink it as much as she wants to.”
The bartender recommends leaving the classic champagne flute behind, though, if you’re going for this drink. He said a wine glass with ice would be best.
Anthony Bates, head bartender at The Polo Bar for Ralph Lauren, agrees. Though he does say a traditional Champagne flute or coupe glass would work as well.
Bates was also stumped by this cocktail: “Wow, Champagne and ginger ale!” But he told Insider he’d “definitely recommend [it] at my bar or for people at home, especially for brunch!”
“It’ll work pretty well being that most champagnes have a citrus and bright flavor profile, the ginger ale will just enhance it and add a sensational spice on the finish,” Bates said in an email to Insider.
The Polo Bar mixologist said customers can turn up the flavor by adding a splash of St-Germain liqueur, which he says would add a floral and summery twist.
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