It’s Cocktail Time!

While I’ll (almost) never say no to a glass of wine with breakfast  at 5pm, there are some days when the atmosphere (and my mood) just need something a little bit stronger.  And that’s when I say, “Get me a cocktail Dammit.”

I was in such spirits on Wednesday, after an exhausting few hours running errands like a maniac, and attending a tasting of various coffee drinks (it’s amazing the events you have time for when you’re not working).

So afterward, instead of reclining with some of the Torrontes that’s still in my fridge, I mixed up a pitcher of a cocktail I recently tried (and loved) at Brooklyn Winery:

I Can’t Remember Your Name But You’re Delicious:

1 oz. Gin (I used Tanqueray)

1/2 oz. St. Germain

3-4 oz. Cava

Pour gin and St. Germain into a Champagne flute, top with Cava and enjoy. *Note, if you’re making this for groups, prep the gin and St. Germain ahead of time, but only pour the Cava glass by glass to keep it nice and bubbly.

What I love about this drink is that it keeps Cava simple and refreshing, but the St. Germain and gin add complexity, and an herbal, powerful edge I crave after a long day love in an indulgence.

Champagne Cocktails Uncorked:

Laura Loves: Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava–this Spanish award-winner pleases every time, both solo and in cocktails and the $8-$11 price tag takes it up a notch.

Baby Showers that serve champagne cocktails–it’s the best way to have happy guests throughout an afternoon of embarassing games and gaudy baby clothes.

Fun Facts: Mentions of Champagne cocktails go back to 1862, in Jerry Thomas’ “The Bar-Tenders Guide.”

The pressure inside a sparkling wine bottle is about 105 pounds per square inch–about 3 times the pressure in an average car tire.

The Classic Recipe for Purists:

  1. Place a single sugar cube into a Champagne flute.
  2. Add three dashes of Angostura bitters.
  3. Fill the glass with six ounces of Champagne.
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist.
  5. Drink.


  • July 27, 2012
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