With New Year’s Eve quickly approaching, many thoughts are leaning toward a certain bubbly, sparkling libation…champagne! But have you ever had a classic champagne cocktail??
Place a sugar cube in a chilled champagne glass and add three dashes of bitters (Angostura is traditional but I’ve seen some good looking flavored ones in your fancier shops). Let the cube absorb the bitters and then fill the glass with dry (brut) champagne or sparkling wine and top with a lemon twist. Traditional recipes call for an ounce of cognac – but this is quite classic with or without it. It’s that simple and quite delicious. That touch of sweetness from the sugar and bitters make this slightly posh and delightfully delicious. Enjoy!
Most years we stay home because we’ve just been traveling for the Christmas holiday but this year we stayed put so we’re out on the town to ring in 2014. Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, everyone!
Tips for making the perfect cocktail:
•Always use fresh ice for each cocktail.
•Pour filtered, clean water into ice cube trays to not mingle strange flavors.
•Never pour carbonated drinks into a cocktail shaker unless you’re a fan of the three stooges.
•Always pour the champagne, sparkling wine or wine into a cocktail first. Then add liqueur or liquor otherwise it will fall to the bottom of the glass and won’t mix properly.