Stardust Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Stardust cocktail is a celestial-inspired creation that combines the rich, berry flavor of crème de cassis with the aromatic notes of Earl Grey tea, topped with the effervescence of Champagne. It's a drink that's both grounded in tradition and whimsical in its execution, making it a favorite among those who appreciate a touch of elegance and a nod to the cosmic.

  • Origins: The cocktail's origins are not well-documented, but it's believed to be a modern concoction that plays on classic ingredients.
  • Popularity: It has gained a following in upscale bars and among patrons who enjoy tea-infused cocktails.
  • Occasions: Perfect for celebrations or a sophisticated nightcap.

How Stardust Tastes?

The Stardust cocktail offers a harmonious blend of sweet and tart, with the crème de cassis providing a deep berry sweetness that's perfectly balanced by the citrusy bitterness of the Earl Grey tea. The Champagne adds a crisp, bubbly finish that elevates the drink, making it light and refreshing.

Interesting facts about Stardust

  • The name 'Stardust' evokes a sense of magic and wonder, fitting for a drink with such a sparkling appearance.
  • Earl Grey tea is a key ingredient that provides a unique flavor profile with its bergamot oil essence.
  • Champagne in cocktails dates back to classic drinks like the French 75 and the Mimosa, making Stardust part of a long tradition of bubbly mixed drinks.


Crème de Cassis

A sweet, dark liqueur made from blackcurrants, it provides the 'starry' sweetness to our cocktail universe. It's like gravity: just enough keeps the planets aligned, but too much and everything will implode. Without it? You'd just be floating in a bland, very un-starry space. An alternative can be Chambord for a raspberr-y touch, giving you a taste of a different constellation!

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Earl Grey Tea (brewed)

A sophisticated addition, the bergamot oil in Earl Grey gives a citrusy elegance, like dressing our cocktail in a tux. Too much, and you might feel like you're sipping on perfume, too little and the drink's sophistication drops, like wearing socks with sandals. A fine jasmine tea can also play the role with floral notes, just like a flowery tie!

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The bubbly life of the party, Champagne adds effervescence that brings a literal sparkle. Imagine a sky without stars—that's a cocktail without Champagne. Flat and dull. A good Prosecco can sub in but expect a more laid-back vibe, like a chill stargazing party.

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Lemon Peel

Just a flash of zest gives our Stardust that bright-edge finish. A universe of difference a twist makes! Skipping it? Like a night sky without a shooting star—still beautiful, but not quite magical. You could try orange peel for a different kind of 'orbit', though it will take you on a distinctly sweeter trajectory.

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Recipe. How to make Stardust Drink

  1. Chill a coupe glass in the freezer.
  2. Brew a cup of Earl Grey tea and allow it to cool.
  3. In a mixing glass, combine:
    • 0.5 oz crème de cassis
    • 1 oz cooled Earl Grey tea
    • 3 oz Champagne
  4. Add ice and stir gently until the mixture is chilled.
  5. Strain the mixture into the chilled coupe glass.
  6. Express a lemon peel over the glass and drop it in as a garnish.

Pro Tips

  • For an extra touch of elegance, rim the glass with edible gold dust.
  • Ensure the Champagne is well-chilled before mixing to maintain effervescence.
  • When expressing the lemon peel, twist it over the glass to release the essential oils, enhancing the cocktail's aroma.

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Cheese boards: featuring mild cheeses like Brie or Camembert, to complement the berry notes of crème de cassis.
  • Smoked salmon: the subtle smokiness pairs nicely with the tannins of the Earl Grey tea.


  • Fresh berries: especially blackcurrants to echo the crème de cassis.
  • Dark chocolate truffles: the bitterness of the chocolate will contrast delightfully against the sweetness of the cocktail.

Suggested Drinks

  • Mineral water: to cleanse the palate between sips.
  • Light tea: like a white tea, to stay in theme with Earl Grey without overpowering the flavors.

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What you could change in Stardust

  • Crème de Cassis: You can substitute with Chambord for a different berry note.
  • Champagne: Prosecco or any dry sparkling wine can be used if Champagne is not available.
  • Earl Grey Tea: A different black tea with citrus notes, like Lady Grey, can be used in a pinch.

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Cosmic Berry Fizz

Swap crème de cassis with blackberry liqueur and replace Champagne with a berry-infused sparkling water for a non-alcoholic version. Taste: You'll be cruising the Milky Way with a cosmic berry burst minus the alcohol spike!

Moonlight Earl

Infuse the Earl Grey tea with lavender, and top with elderflower sparkling wine instead of Champagne. Taste: Walking on the moon in a floral garden, with a slightly sweeter and more herbal landing than Stardust.

Solar Flare Sling

Add a dash of ginger syrup to the original recipe and garnish with a star anise. Taste: A fiery twist! A sip is like catching a solar flare—a warm ginger kick followed by the starry fizz.

In case you forgot basics how to make Stardust

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Stardust

What type of glass is best suited for serving the Stardust cocktail?

A coupe glass is traditionally used for serving the Stardust cocktail due to its wide bowl that enhances the aromatic experience and showcases the cocktail's elegance.

Can I make the Stardust cocktail in advance?

It's best to mix the Stardust cocktail just before serving to ensure that the Champagne retains its effervescence and the drink remains fresh.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Stardust cocktail?

For a non-alcoholic version, you can replace the Champagne with a sparkling grape juice or a non-alcoholic sparkling wine, and use a blackcurrant syrup in place of crème de cassis.

What are some common mistakes to avoid when making the Stardust cocktail?

Avoid over-stirring the cocktail to maintain the bubbles, don't use warm tea as it will flatten the Champagne, and always strain properly to ensure a smooth texture.

How can I adjust the sweetness of the cocktail?

If you prefer a less sweet cocktail, you can reduce the amount of crème de cassis or add a dash of lemon juice for a tart counterbalance.

Can I use a different kind of tea if I don't have Earl Grey?

The unique flavor of Earl Grey is recommended, but you can experiment with other black teas with citrus notes. The taste will vary slightly with different teas.

How should I store leftover Champagne after making the cocktail?

Leftover Champagne should be sealed with a Champagne stopper and refrigerated. It's best consumed within 1-2 days to maintain its quality.

What food pairings work well with the Stardust cocktail?

Light appetizers, seafood dishes, and berry-based desserts complement the flavors of the Stardust cocktail.

Is the Stardust cocktail suitable for all seasons?

While it can be enjoyed anytime, the Stardust cocktail is particularly fitting for spring and summer due to its refreshing and light profile.

What is the alcohol content in the Stardust cocktail?

The alcohol content generally varies depending on the Champagne and crème de cassis used but is approximately around 12% ABV (alcohol by volume).

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