I'm very excited to be sharing one of my favorites today! I come from a long lineage of champagne enjoyers; sometime back in the 80's, my mom realized that she liked champagne more than wine... so why did she only partake on special occasions? So, she swapped the usual dinner wine for a bottle of champagne. A family legacy was born, soon adopted by her mother and sister. When I was younger I didn't much care for champagne; I was reassured that it was only time, there was no way I could be related otherwise. And sure enough, they were right. It's a rare, unsettling occurrence that there isn't a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator (or at least in the cupboard) at my mom's house; there's something comforting in the knowledge that I can show up, whenever, and be greeted with a glass of bubbly!
The champagne cocktail is a simple edit on your regular glass of bubbles, but it gives it a definite boost of flavor, and feels quite classy. You'll need a nice brut bottle of champagne or sparkling wine (I like Freixenet, which is from Spain and is modestly priced), sugar cubes, and Angostura bitters. Also, a lemon twist is traditional if you have it (it's delicious with the citrus addition, but I didn't have any on hand!). You can also try different bitters if you feel like changing it up; they've had a resurgence in popularity as of late, so there's lots of new things on the market.
First, drop in a sugar cube and douse it with bitters. You want your sugar cube to be nicely soaked, but not sitting in a puddle in the bottom of the glass. Bitters are bitter (sort of obvious, right!), so a little can go a long way. I like mine on the stronger side, but you can always adjust it to your liking.
Now, pour in your champagne! It's such a simple drink, but it makes quite an impact. Plus, the bitters turn the champagne such a lovely blush color. I started ordering these at my last office Christmas party, and several of the girls followed suit after taking a sip of mine!
"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'm not in a hurry and I drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch the stuff... unless I'm thisty."
That's a Lily Bollinger quote that my mom has had hanging in her studio since I can remember... let it inspire you this weekend! Hope you have a good day, so close to Friday now! Cheers, Rachel