Thursday, November 13, 2008

Make Your Champagne Toast Sparkle

Champagne is looking for a little change-up this holiday season. Sure, a bottle of Veuve can stand on its own. But why not mix it up and create a champagne mixing bar at your next soiree!

Allow your guests to become mixologists for the evening: stock the bar with liqueurs like St-Germain Elderflower (my new favorite), Pama Pomengranate, Chambord (old stand-by), Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, Pellini Peachello...go to town! You can even offer up fruit purees like cherry and blood orange. Make sure to have garnishes on hand: raspberries, rose petals, and sugared rims.

PS: For tarte liqueurs, like Pama, simply drop a sugar cube into the base of the flute before pouring the champagne.

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