This post, which appears here in this thread (it's delicious, by the way) got me thinking about cocktails that involve champagne as an ingredient but are not "champagne cocktails." This is to say, cocktails made with a mixture of liquors and then lightened with champagne rather than drinks that are fundamentally champagne with stuff added in (Bellinis, etc.). I've always enjoyed this style when I have had them away from home, but have never made one myself until trying the ChamPino.
If you love Campari and Americano's , then I hope you'll enjoy this:
ChamPino (for Pino, an Italian diplomat):
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
2 1/2 - 3 oz good quality Champagne
Garnish: Lemon Twist
Glass: chilled martini
Measure campari & sweet vermouth into a mixing glass. Add ice,
shake (yes, shake) and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with
champagne. Add lemon twist.
So... any other recommendations? We've got a lot of leftover champagne bottles taking up space in the 'fridge.