Champagne Style Cocktails

It is January and what could be better than champagne cocktails. It is the best way to strike in the New Year; I don’t want to drink just champagne I want more.
You can drink champagne in cocktails not named mimosa, French 75 or champagne cocktail. 

It can be the adventure to your day and celebration to your day as well! Just start grabbing ingredients… what ingredients? Oranges, Lemons, Limes, basil, thyme, honey syrup, sugar cubes, and all the bitters. Then get crazy flavored rums and vodkas, gin hell even bourbon not to mention all of the fun spirits Root, Snap, Rhubarb tea, St. Germain, Combiner flavors, Chambord, Domain de Canton, Cointreau, Chartreuses and the list goes on and on.

Now what experiment you will amaze yourself; yes all of those things and champagne can be excellent and easier than you think.  Think of champagne as another style of bubbly drink like tonic or soda water only with a different it has an alcohol content and that makes it more fun.  All the flavors of the world of food and drink will not be destroyed by a little champagne. Almost everyone loves a good Mimosa and there is just so many other things you can do with champagne last year Vintage Grind had the Berry 75 from David Strauss built on the French 75 recipe from Harry MacElhone of the New York bar in Paris.  There are two recipes below but have fun with your champagne and go wild!

French 75

1 ½ oz. Death’s Door gin
¾ oz. Fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. Simple Syrup
Fill with champagne or sparkling wine
Garnish with a lemon peel
Take a Boston glass add the Death’s Door gin, fresh lemon juice and the simple syrup now add your ice to the glass and shake for 10 to 15 seconds to get it nice and cold. Strain into a champagne flute or coupe and then fill with champagne or sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon peel.

Eve’s Elixir

1 ½ oz. Art in the Age {ginger} SNAP
¾ oz. St. Germain
5 dashes of chocolate bitters
2 oz. Apple cider {fresh pressed apple juice}
Float of champagne
No garnish

In a Boston glass filled with ice; over the ice pour the apple cider, Art in the Age {ginger} SNAP, St. Germain and the chocolate bitters. Shake the ingredients the apple cider will froth a bit use a julep strainer to allow the froth and ice chips to get thru into a cocktail coup glass or cocktail up glass. Top with champagne leaving about a 1/8 of an inch of room so the cocktail won’t spill and enjoy the fresh apple cocktail.

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