Sunday, April 29, 2012

champagne cocktails

I like everything about champagne.  It's fancy, it's French, and it's reserved for special occasions.  If you have a glass of champagne in you're hand, there's a pretty good chance you're in a good mood and in good company.  Whoever did the PR for champagne did a great job.

But just because champagne is reserved for celebrations doesn't mean you can't have it often.  You can make it more of an every day drink (think Wednesday at 6 instead of Saturday at 8) by making it a cocktail.  Here's a recipe for my favorite champagne cocktail, a kir royale:

  • 1 oz creme de cassis (chambord is also tasty)
  • 5 oz champagne
  • orange peel

  • Pour the creme de cassis into the bottom of a champagne flute
  • Pour the champagne slowly into the glass
  • Garnish with a piece of orange peel.  Give it a twist before dropping it into the drink to release the essential oils

If champagne isn't in your budget, opt for prosecco or sparkling wine -- but just remember:  the smaller the bubbles, the smaller the headache.


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