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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Two things to do to Champagne

The Refreshing Beverage of the Week
Champagne — you are supposed to drink it on New Years Eve, have any idea why?
I don’t know, and frankly I don’t really like it so here are two cool mixed drink recipes using champagne.

Tropical Champagne Sangria

1 semi-ripe mango, peeled and sliced
1/2 pineapple, peeled and sliced
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
3 limes, sliced
2 lemons, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, cut in 1/2
1/2 cup cointreau
1 bottle champagne

Let the fruit soak in the Cointreau for at least 30 minutes, then pour over the chilled champagne and serve — not to children.

French 75

4-6 ice cubes, cracked
2 ounces of brandy
1 ounce of fresh lemon juice
Chilled champagne
Sugar syrup (4 tablespoons water and 4 tablespoons sugar — you will have extra for later drinks — will last 2 weeks in fridge)

Cook sugar and water to dissolve sugar and set aside. Place the cracked ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour in the brandy, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar syrup. Shake till foam forms. Strain into a chilled highball glass and top off with chilled champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist or a strand of diamonds.