Friday, May 13, 2011

An Old-Fashioned Cocktail

It’s Cocktail Time with FOODGASM and I’m feeling like something bubbly. I just think it’s super sassy when you can make a cocktail out of a sparkling wine or champagne. You can’t help but to smile when you are drinking a bubbly cocktail.  Champagne Julep is the name of this cocktail, perfect for at brunch-time, Derby-time or any old Cocktail-time! This cocktail was a popular drink in the 1940’s and has mint leaves in it like a mint julep. 



Some of you may be wondering “What is the difference between Champagne and sparkling wine?” Well here is a little Wine 101 to help you figure that out.  All Champagnes are all sparkling wines, but not all sparkling wines are Champagne. Meaning this: a sparkling wine can be made anywhere, but to be called Champagne: it must come from the region of Champagne in France (which has strict laws about winemaking in that area); must be produced in the methode champenoise or MC method; and must contain the blend of the three grapes used for Champagne wines which are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  


But not to worry, there are many fantastic sparkling wines out there that are reasonably priced and still of high quality. Two I can recommend are J. Laurens Brut Cremant de Limoux and La Marca NV Prosecco.


So enjoy your bubbly Champagne Julep and remember, when mixing that cocktail to throw a dash of love in there and have fun. Because everyone has fun at Cocktail Time!


Here's the recipe, if you want to try this cocktail right now.


Champagne Julep Cocktail
3 shredded mint leaves
2 dashes of bitters
1 oz lemon simple syrup (see recipe below)
1 oz peach schnapps
1 oz fino sherry
Garnish: grilled lime slice

Fill a champagne flute with crushed ice. Pour all ingredients into the glass and top with champagne. Garnish with grilled lime slice (this can be done on the grill or on a grill pan). Serve with a sexy straw.

To make the lemon simple syrup:
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
½ cup fresh lemon juice
A few pieces of the lemon rind ( no white part)

Put all of the ingredients in a pot. Heat slowly and stir till combined.  Set aside and let cool. Strain out the lemon peel and it’s ready to use. This will make more than you need for the recipe, but is great to keep on hand for use in other cocktails. Keep refrigerated.

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