In our last blog post, The Liquor Barn introduced you to Veuve Clicquot, or Widow Clicquot, the ambitious eighteenth century French widow who took her husband’s champagne company and really put it on the map. Champagne is a staple in celebrations, ringing in new years and celebrating sweet endings, but it is not only for holidays and special occasions. Champagne can be enjoyed on its own, with orange juice for brunch, and even as an ingredient in a cocktail.
Infuse your daily life with a little elegance by introducing a dose of champagne bubbles. Start with these four delicious champagne cocktail recipes!
This champagne cocktail is the perfect “hello” to your guests. The Aperitif is to quench their thirst and stir their appetite as they arrive, before the meal and the subsequent cocktails to follow.
1 oz. gin
1 oz. Aperol or Campari
1 o. dry vermouth
3 oz. champagne
Orange peel for garnish
1.Use a flute glass to combine the gin, Aperol or Campari, and dry vermouth. Stir gently until it is blended.
2.Top the flute with champagne and garnish with an orange peel
The lemon bar mixes Angostura bitters, sugar, and a lemon twist to create the perfect lemon bar-lovers cocktail, with a little spice.
1 sugar cube
Lemon twist for garnish
1.Use a champagne flute for this cocktail. Put a sugar cube at the bottom of the champagne glass.
2.Sprinkle Angostura bitters over the sugar cube.
3.Fill the rest of the glass with champagne.
4.Garnish with a lemon twist when serving.
An adult take on the childhood favorite ice cream cone, this incredibly simple recipe uses elegant sorbet, and will satisfy your sweet tooth and your champagne tooth.
Assorted sorbets, like lemon, coconut, peach, and hibiscus (although you can use whichever flavors you like best)
1.Use six chilled martini glasses for this cocktail. Chill them by placing in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
2.Fill each martini glass with about five mini scoops of the assorted sorbets, and then top with champagne.
The Kentucky Derby is around the corner so it is time to get your cocktail game in order. This year, take a new approach to the classic mint julep by infusing it with some champagne bubbles.
1 sugar cube
¾ cups champagne
1 sprig of mint
1.Place a sugar cube at the bottom of a champagne flute.
2.Top the sugar cube with ¾ cups of champagne.
3.Garnish the glass with a sprig of fresh mint.