Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Bit of the Bubblie

The Lava Lamp Cocktail
The bubbles in the sparkling wine make the pomegranate seeds rise and fall on the glass, giving this drink the appearance of a retro lava lamp. A flute with a follow stem shows off the effect best.

You will need
1 ounce Pama pomegranate liqueur or 3 tablespoons pomegranate juice
5 ounces brut sparkling wine
3 pomegranate seeds

What to do
Add the pomegranate liqueur or pomegranate juice to a champagne flute. Fill the glass with sparkling wine. Drop in the pomegranate seeds.

Makes 1 cocktail.

The Stiletto Cocktail
You will need
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
1/2 ounce cognac
4 ounces brut champagne
3 drops Angostura bitters
spiral of orange zest, for garnish

What to do
Pour the Grand Marnier and cognac into a champagne flute. Top with the champagne. Add the bitters. Garnish with the zest.

Makes 1 cocktail

The Buck Fizz Cocktail 

Created at Buck's Club in London in 1921, this sweet and tangy drink is one of the most frequently sipped champagne cocktails in the world. The grenadine settles at the bottom of the glass, creating a layered, sunset effect. If you omit the grenadine, the drink becomes a Mimosa, named for the bright golden flowers on the mimosa tree.

You will need
1/2 ounce grenadine
1 ounce orange juice
4 ounces champagne
Orange slice, for garnish

What to do
Add the grenadine and orange juice to a champagne flute. Top with the champagne. Garnish with the orange slice. 

Recipes and photos from Readersdigest.com.  They have a great newsletter there with lots of party ideas. 

I love finding new and clever ways to serve champagne.  I am not a big champagne fan but in these cute little cocktails, I am sure to have a glass for the traditional NYE toast.

Surely the a typical Rob and Laura Petrie Party had a few to loosen things up......

Happy New Year....

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