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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Blood Orange Champagne Cocktail

Refreshing Beverage of the Week
This is a splendid adult cocktail great for festive occasions like: "Thank God it's Friday!" or "Finally, the sun has set!" Makes 8 servings.

Ingredients
1/4 cup crème de cassis (black-currant liqueur)
1 1/2 cups strained fresh blood orange juice (from about 6 oranges)
1 750-ml bottle chilled brut Champagne or dry sparkling wine
8 blood orange slices (optional)

Procedure
Spoon 1 1/2 teaspoons crème de cassis into each of 8 Champagne flutes or other glasses. Add 3 tablespoons juice to each glass. Fill each glass with Champagne, then stir gently. Garnish cocktails with slices of blood orange, if desired.