Today I’ll be drinking a lot of champagne.
That’s because today is my birthday! Officially the big 2-5. Half way to 50, quarter of a century, a real adult. On days that aren’t my birthday, I don’t drink a lot of champagne. I like to think it’s reserved for special occasions and sometimes Sunday morning (just because).
But since today is one of those special occasions, I wanted to share with you my favorite bottles of champagne and a few fun recipes to jazz it up a little bit.
For special occasions I like to spring for a fancier Champagne, and by fancy I mean like $50 because thats like a weeks worth of lunch money. So fancy is Veuve Clicquot. It taste great and gets the job done all by itself.
If you want to go really cheap (which I like to do) grab yourself a bottle of Andre and get to mixing it with these fun recipes.
- 1 1/2 ounces VSOP cognac
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Sparkling wine
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the cognac, simple syrup and lemon juice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass, top with sparkling wine and serve.
- 2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup
- 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
- Sprig of mint
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, simple syrup and lime juice. Shake until chilled, then strain into a flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with the sprig of mint.
- 1 ounce vodka, preferably Ciroc
- 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
- 1 1/2 teaspoons elderflower syrup
- 2 ounces chilled rosé Champagne
- 1 small bunch of Champagne grapes, frozen
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, Grand Marnier and elderflower syrup and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass, top with the Champagne and garnish with the grapes.