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.