Christmas Celebrated with a Sparkle – Cheers!

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Christmas Celebrated with a Sparkle – Cheers!
Lynette Jarrett

 

Be it Christmas, New Years, birthdays or birthing, nothing says “special occasion” quite like the resounding pop of a bottle of bubbly being opened, that first-pour froth and those magical, glistening bubbles.
What a taste! From the lowly Cava to glamorous Grand Cru champagne, sparkling wines excite the taste buds with flavours of pear, apple, citrus and berries.peach_champagne
Bubbly on its own is festive and fun, but champagne cocktails elevate the glass-clinking experience. Adding fruit and liqueurs takes a good old glass of bubbly to a whole new level.
Champagne cocktails can be as simple or as complicated as you want.
The elegant Kir Royal is a prime example. Pour a 1/2 ounce of Crème De Cassis in the bottom of a gleaming champagne flute and top it with sparkling wine. The black current in the Cassis blends perfectly with the flavours in the bubbly. It is a match made in heaven.
Another easy champagne cocktail is the St Germain. It is made the same way as a Kir Royal, only using St Germain, an elderflower liqueur from France that’s as close to the nectar of the gods as you’ll find on this Earth. Take a sip and savour the bubbly infused with St. Germain’s peach, lychee, grapefruit and passion fruit blend.
B1106PARTY2Fresh fruit goes exceptionally well with sparkling wine. Here is a classic recipe for a Grand Champagne Cocktail:

6 hulled strawberries pureed with 2 oz Grand Marnier
One bottle of dry prosecco

Pour the puree into the bottom of four flute glasses, top with the prosecco and garnish with a strawberry.

In bygone times the French Seventy Five was considered the best of all champagne cocktails.
Here is how to make it:champ-cocktails2

2 oz gin
1 oz Triple Sec
4 oz lemonade
1 bottle sparkling wine

Blend all the ingredients with a littl

e ice and divide it between four flute glasses. Top up the glasses with any left-over sparkling wine and garnish with a slice of lemon.

At Luckys Liquor, our staff picks for bubbly this holiday season are Adami Prosecco ($29.99); Jean Louis Blanc de Blanc ($11.99) or our local Averill Creek Charme de L’ile ($18.99) Come and visit us at Country Club Mall to see our large selection of yummy sparkling wines.

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