Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Champagne Cocktails

Sometimes bubbles are just what you need...

"By the mid 1800’s the classic ‘Champagne Cocktail’ was all the rage at dinner parties and soirees in genteel society. Today these sparkling cocktails are as hip as ever in wine bars and lounges from coast to coast. Only now you get them served with Thievery Corporation or Ursula 1000 cooing in the background instead of Beethoven or Brahms." 

Champagne Cocktail Basics
- Chill your sparkling wines. Keep them about 42-45° F.

- Don’t use cheap sparkling for cocktails. Good ingredients make a good drink.
Don’t use the highest end sparkling either. Drink your Dom straight.

- As most sparkling wine drinks are on the sweet side, use a dry sparkling [aka Brut].

- Chill the glass [flute] ahead of time. Sparkling wine likes to be served well chilled.

- Pour small amounts of sparkling in at a time to prevent foam over. Repeat until the glass is filled.

Read on for more delicious Champagne Cocktail recipes.

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