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Absolutely Fabulous

Absolutely Fabulous Cocktail from Passion for Cocktails

Absolutely Fabulous - a brilliant Cocktail named after a brilliant TV sitcom series -  "Ad Fab" (Absolutely Fabulous) starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. The three unassuming and uncomplicated ingredients mimic the two main characters perfectly - Vodka, Cranberry Juice and Champagne.

The quality of Champagne will determine the final taste and flavour.  A Brut Champagne works best. Ketal Vodka is great, however any plain Vodka will also work.

Absoultely Fabulous darling...

Whether you are a Sloane Ranger or not, this is a fabulous Cocktail; simple, easy to make and certainly kicks a huge (if not decadent) punch!

  • 1 shot Vodka
  • 2 shots Cranberry Juice
  • Top-up with Champagne


How to make one: 

Add and combine the Cranberry juice and Vodka into a Cocktail Shaker over ice.  Shake.  Strain into a flute glass and top-up with Champagne.

Garnish with a flourish a ripe, plump strawberry.


In 1992, Ad Fab (Absolutely Fabulous) series 1 first burst onto British television screens.  Over the next five series and 39 episodes (1992-1996), Ad Fab took hold and became an extremely popular comedy Sitcom.

It is said that in 1999 at Monte's Club in Sloane Square, London, the Ad Fab (Absolutely Fabulous) Cocktail was created. Being Sloane Square (home of the "OK Yar" Sloane Rangers) Vodka, Cranberry juice and of course Champagne made this Cocktail a big hit and extremely popular.  With simple, classic ingredients this Cocktail is now a staple for many parties and events.

Absolutely Fabulous Champagne

The key to this Cocktail relies on the sparkling wine content.  Prosecco or Cava could be used, however a good Brut Champagne will make all the difference. A fruity, flavoursome cranberry juice (not a mix of other flavours, Apple etc.,) is essential to keep the cocktail on track and pure. The smoother the vodka the smoother the overal flavour will be with the Champagne (sparkling wine) shining through.  The number of shots of Vodka have always been in debate. As Vodka has next to no pure taste, it adds the 'kick' / alcohol aspect. Too many shots will spoil the overal taste and make it extremely potent and powerful.

Ad Fab  IS  Absolutely Fabulous, OK yar?


Glassware For This Cocktail

Modern Champagne Flute from Passion for Cocktails Champagne Flute
Champagne glassware stretches back to the early 1700's when most drinking vessels were either made of wood or metal. As the centuries rolled by glassware developed and redesigned.  Champagne was for many decades drunk out of Coupe glasses- big wide bowls where the bubbles of the Champagne could be seen magically escaping from the bottom of the glass.  As our knowledge and technology developed, we realized the shape of the Coupe glass aided the Champagne to go 'flat' with the beautiful fizz disappearing fast; de-carbonization the scientists would call it.   The Champagne Flute - a conical, slender and tall glass was developed in order to keep as many bubbles flowing as possible plus the aroma of the Champagne is channeled in a small area - up and into the drinker's nose.  
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