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Entertaining:

The Champagne Cocktail

Champagne is universally thought of as the ultimate symbol of celebration and good news, and The Champagne Cocktail has always been considered a special drink for special times. But it's not just for cocktail parties - it can be an elegant addition to Sunday brunch, or scrumptious at a leisurely luncheon. It's are also a perfect when serving that someone special a romantic, luxurious breakfast in bed.

Serving champagne cocktails is a sure-fire way to impress your guests when you are entertaining. When you think champagne cocktail, you think "upscale". Yet they are super-easy to make. Champagne cocktails prove once and for all that the good life can also be simple.

The champagne cocktail is a true classic. Its been around forever - certainly since publication of the oldest known book of cocktail recipes in history, Jerry Thomas's How To Mix Drinks. The champagne cocktail is also one of the very few drinks in that book which is still recognized by the same name today.

Other references to the Champagne Cocktail can be found dating all the way back to the start of the 19th century.

The Champagne Cocktail was named one of the 10 best cocktails of 1934 by Esquire magazine. Esquire's 1949 "Handbook for Hosts" advises gentlemen that the Champagne cocktail "is not a tipple to tender with hamburgers and onions," but rather is best served with upscale appetizers.

How to Make a Champagne Cocktail

Champagne Cocktail

  * 6 ounces chilled champagne

  * 1 cube sugar

  * Angostura bitters

Hold a single sugar cube over the opening of a bottle of Angostura bitters, then invert the bottle so that some bitters soaks directly into the sugar. Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute, and then fill the glass with champagne. Garnish with a spiral twist of lemon.

There are a number of variations on the basic champagne cocktail. One of the most popular is the Mimosa, also very simple to make. The Mimosa is sometimes also referred to simply as a champagne cocktail.

How to Make a Mimosa
(Another Version of the Champagne Cocktail)

Mimosa

1oz Orange Juice

3oz Champagne

In a tall champagne flute glass, first pour the Orange Juice, then add the Champagne - in that order! This will ensure that the champagne mixes down into the orange juice. Do not stir or you'll extinguish all of those delightful and delicious tiny bubbles!

Once you've mastered these classic versions, if you'd like to get more adventurous with your champagne cocktails, check out these recipes.


 
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