With major life events comes an endless supply of alcoholic beverages. Tell someone that you’re getting married or that you’ve just moved into a new apartment and bottles upon bottles of wine — some of it sparkling if you’re lucky — mysteriously appear in your kitchen. With four bottles of champagne and months until New Year’s Eve, I knew it was time to conduct a cocktail experiment with my bubbly booty and the spare ingredients of my poorly-stocked liquor cabinet (Cointreau, tequila and beer). Here’s how I fared.
1/2 oz Cointreau
3 oz cranberry juice
Mix the Cointreau and juice in a Champagne flute. Top with Champagne.
Verdict: A yummy cran-orange fizz. For extra orange flavor, add a splash of OJ.
A traditional black velvet is a mixture of a stout beer (I used Guinness) and sparkling wine. Many recipes call for 1:1 ratio, but I opted for about 1/3 beer and 2/3 Champagne. Pour in the beer first and allow it to settle. Top off the flute very slowly with champagne or risk a brown volcano.
Verdict: Super tangy and not completely unpleasant. Only for the brave.
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
1 oz. tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
3 oz. Champagne
Mix the Cointreau, tequila and lime juice in a flute. Top with champagne. (Too strong for your taste? Add Sprite.) Verdict: A boozy take on the classic margarita. Hangover assured.
Do you have other champagne cocktail ideas (or just a tried-and-true headache cure)? — Ashley P.