How can I improve on a cheap bottle of bubbly wine? I thought of a few ideas myself but instead of wasting it I thought I'd ask. BTW, by improving I mean make it taste better.

  • I have a bunch of smarty-pants answers (drink a lot of cheap beer first!) - but - consider revising you're question. As it currently stands, I foresee this question closing in the near future.
    – BryceH
    Commented Oct 6, 2016 at 19:01
  • Make a spritzer? Not the answer for everybody but improves the taste. Commented Oct 17, 2016 at 12:36
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    This is pretty broad; we don't know what you would consider an improvement in taste. Is retaining its wine-ness important to you, or would solutions that combine the wine with other ingredients (cocktails, punch, etc) satisfy you? Commented Oct 28, 2016 at 2:21
  • The answers below pretty much cover the question. Commented Oct 28, 2016 at 14:14
  • The colder a drink (or infact food, hence you should always oversalt pate when making it) the less it will taste. That's why we often drink cheap white wine very cold. If you have a good one it should be drank at a slightly higher than normal fridge temperature (hence special wine fridges). Get that cheap wine as cold as possible!
    – Gamora
    Commented Aug 28, 2019 at 11:03

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Make a kir royale with it.

Add a small amount of a strong, fruity liqueur to the bottom of the glass, such as creme de cassis or framboise (Chambord is one brand name). Then gently add the sparkling wine.

Often, cheap sparkling wine is not very palatable because it is bitter: the strong fruit flavors of the liqueur will mask this.


Why, a Buck's Fiz, of course! Two parts chilled Champagne (recommend a NV from a non-Grandes Marques Champagne house) or bubbly (chilled white sparkling wine that isn't from the Champagne region) to one part freshly squeezed orange juice from oranges stored in a fridge. This is a British idea, one that is traditionally served mid-morning or even as a chaser to a good cooked breakfast with top-notch ingredients! A Christmas morning indulgence or as a libation to kick off the day on any other celebratory occasion. What's not to enjoy about that, then? (Wikipedia)

  • We call that a mimosa in the states.
    – Preston
    Commented Nov 1, 2019 at 0:26

Try half sparkling wine and half oude gueuze or oude kriek = match made in heaven.


I agree that making kyr royale is a good solution. Also putting some fresh and perfumed herbs in it will help. Try Lemon Balm or others that you like. Put the wine in a carafe together with some bundles of leaves, leave it in the fridge for 30 min.

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