Champagne Cocktail

Posted by on Dec 31, 2009 in Holiday Drinks, Wine | One Comment

THH_Champagne Cocktail Copyright 2009 Gary Allard
Embracing the Old and the New

After eating a ton of appetizers — including an experimental bite of seared foie gras; afterall, 2010 is the year for trying new things — with two of our favorite people, we roll over to an old school hotel bar. Sinking into a dark, vinyl booth, we take it all in.  The hazy paintings of lounging women, the piano player who apparently can play anything, the mustachioed bartender in suspenders, the older couple dancing.

Why don't we get out more often? 

The server suggested a beer, martini, or a Champagne cocktail. Seriously? Yeah, I'll have one of those. Then recreate it for you later.

Here's to an amazing 2010. Cheers!

Stand-Out New Year's Eve Cocktail Recipes and Ideas

French 75 — It sparkles!
Kir Royale — Gorgeous color on these bubbles. (Check out the video below — Claudia shows how to make these for your New Year's Eve party!)

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Champagne Cocktail Recipe

2 oz. Champagne or sparkling wine
1 teaspoon simple syrup or cube of sugar
3 dashes bitters (we used homemade Cherry Vanilla bitters, but Angostura would also be fab)

Pour syrup and bitters in a tall flute or cocktail glass. Top with tasty Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

How to Make Lemon Twists for Many Drinks

Cut the top and bottom of the lemon off. Slice into the peel vertically top to bottom, stopping just before the blade cuts the fruit. Cut parallel slices all the way around the lemon, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide. When you need a twist, peel one off. The rest stay fresh on the lemon until you need them.

BONUS: Claudia of Mmm Me Gusta Shows How to Make a Kir Royale, One of Our New Year's Favorites, Thanks, Claudia!

CAUTION: Birds were not unusually harmed in the making of this post. At least I hope not. My curiosity ruled over rumors of goose-stuffing. So, what does foie gras taste like? Not liver, that's for sure. I hear pureed foie gras is different than the seared. The seared foie gras appetizer tasted like … meat. A nice tender meat, like pork or a blend of beef and chicken, if you can imagine that. Not sure I'd get it again — the accusations win, yes — but it's definitely a tasty thing to eat, if you must. Oh, and don't drink and drive. Especially tonight. Man.

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1 Comment

  1. Claudia Yuskoff
    January 1, 2010

    Thank you Shelly for the mention. Loved having you part of Me Gusta.

    Reply

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