“I only drink Champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty”
~ Lily Bollinger
I must confess, I am smitten, enamored, and head over heels when it comes to champagne. The sophisticated bad boy , champagne is like the alluring-tall-dark-handsome-stranger in a tuxedo standing at the bar, picture Joe (Brad Pitt), in the movie Meet Joe Black. There is something a little dangerous and thrilling about uncorking a chilled bottle of champagne. I start by peeling off the foil top, then slowly untwisting the wire. There is always the unexpected chance that it will uncork the second the wired is loose enough, so I untwist with caution. Then with my eyes tightly closed and a gentle twist of the wrist, there is the loud pop and the cork goes flying. I laugh to myself once it’s open, there was never any real danger, maybe I just like thinking there might have been. The anticipation escalates right before I take the first sip, the bubbles fizz up and tickle the end of my nose teasing me with the sweet unmistakable smell of champagne. The bubbles get caught in my throat and I cough a little , but that is not enough to keep me from quickly taking another swig . I can’t help but smile and blush like a school girl in love that first drink makes me really happy. The uncorking of a bottle of champagne only means one thing – it’s time to celebrate! It’s versatile bubbly sweetness makes every happy occasion memorable. Champagne makes plain orange juice giggle and a mimosa a perfectly acceptable way to drink alcohol before noon. At weddings, birthdays, and showers champagne glasses are held high while sweet words of a toast are shared, and what would New Year’s Eve be without champagne to ring in the New Year? I am bubbling over the rim with excitement to share with you some of my favorite champagne cocktails to help you bring in 2014 with a bang! My friends at Evite have partnered with Bevmo to bring you a fabulous New Year’s Eve Champagne Guide. Can you imagine how thrilled I was when they asked me to be a part of the online celebration! On Evite Gatherings you will find everything you need to know about selecting the perfect bottle of champagne, mixing up champagne cocktails, and making glittery DIY New Year’s Eve decorations .
This lemon drop champagne cocktail reminds me of a lemon drop martini but with bubbles! If you are having a party this is a perfect do-ahead cocktail that can be prepared in a pitcher and set out for your guests next to an iced bottle of champagne. Your guests can serve themselves and top it off with a bit more cold champagne to taste.
MoonShine, yes it is legal, and you can buy it at BevMo in an assortment of flavors! My favorite flavor so far is the Blackberry Moonshine by Ole Smokey. It is featured above in this Full Moon Champagne Cocktail. Serving your moon shine cocktail in little canning jars is a really fun way to do something different. If Moon Shine sounds like something your friends would love, why not try a MoonShine sipping Bar?
Being an old-fashioned kinda girl who loves a classic Champagne Cocktail, I have to say I fallen heavy for this Whiskey Champagne Cocktail. At first I was hesitant to try the Jack Daniels, but let me tell you – it is AMAZING!. The sweet maple flavors in the Jack Daniels are brought out by the sugar cube and the cranberry bitters are a delightful way to give it an overall holiday taste and feel.
It doesn’t matter which champagne cocktail you choose to ring in the New Year… whether you like lemon, Chambord, Bourbon, or Moon Shine – there is no bad choice as long as you remember to top them off with a little
Brad Pitt champagne.
Join me this Thursday December 19th for a Twitter chat and PRIZES !!!
Whiskey Champagne Cocktail – serves 1
- 1.5 ounces Jack Daniels Whiskey
- 2-3 ounces Korbel Champagne
- 2-3 dashes Fee Brothers Cranberry bitters
- 1 sugar cube
- Place a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute and splash it with bitters.
- Add the whiskey, then the champagne. Enjoy immediately while the sugar dissolves.