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Bubbly Cocktails! The Perfect Way to Ring in the New Year!

Bubbly Cocktails! The Perfect Way to Ring in the New Year!

New Year’s is the perfect time to pop a cork and break out the bubbly! But with a twist or two these cocktails turn up the fun on the traditional sparkling wine adding notes of citrus and just an extra touch of sweetness!

The first bubbly beverage is the Amsterdam 75 Cocktail. This delightful beverage blends a splash of gin with simple syrup, fresh lemon juice then it’s topped with champagne or prosecco. My favorite gin is Plymouth – it brings gorgeous tones of juniper, coriander and cardamom to the party making for a tasty bouquet of flavor in your glass.

A quick shake of ice to chill the drink then top it with the sparkling wine and a twist of lemon!

 The second is simply known as the Champagne Cocktail. A sparkling sugar cube is drenched with angostura bitters then dropped into the bottom of an elegant fluted glass.

Top with bubbly, garnish with an orange or lemon twist and you’re all set for the perfect toast!

I tend to lean towards a glass of prosecco but if your preference is champagne go with it – either will give you beautiful results. Here’s hoping 2019 brings you joy! Cheers!

Amsterdam 75

For each cocktail:

1-1/2 ounces of good gin, preferably Plymouth

¾ ounce simple syrup

¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 lemon twist

Prosecco, champagne or your favorite sparkling wine

Pour the gin along with the simple syrup and the lemon juice into a cocktail shaker.

Fill the shaker with ice and shake until very cold.

Strain the cocktail into a champagne flute. Top with a splash of Prosecco and garnish with a twist of lemon.

Champagne Cocktail

For each cocktail:

1 cube of sugar

2 dashes angostura bitters

Prosecco, champagne or your favorite sparkling wine

1 orange or lemon twist

Place the cube of sugar on a spoon. Shake the angostura bitters on the sugar and drop the sugar into the bottom of a champagne flute.

Pour in the sparkling wine.

Top with an orange or lemon twist.

If you can’t find cubes of sugar you can make your own.

Sugar Cubes

Mix ¼ cup water with ½ teaspoon water or orange blossom water.

Pack the sugar mixture into small molds or small liners. Let the sugar dry overnight.

Makes 8 molded cubes of sugar.

The Amsterdam 75, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

December 31, 2018
: One cocktail

A delightful beverage blends a splash of gin with simple syrup, fresh lemon juice then topped with champagne or prosecco.

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Ingredients
  • For each cocktail:
  • 1-1/2 ounces of good gin, preferably Plymouth
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 lemon twist
  • Prosecco, champagne or your favorite sparkling wine
Directions
  • Step 1 Pour the gin along with the simple syrup and the lemon juice into a cocktail shaker.
  • Step 2 Fill the shaker with ice and shake until very cold.
  • Step 3 Strain the cocktail into a champagne flute. Top with a splash of Prosecco and garnish with a twist of lemon.

Champagne Cocktail, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

December 31, 2018
: Makes one cocktail

A sparkly sugar cube drenched with angostura bitters then dropped into the bottom of an elegant fluted glass. Top with bubbly and a twist of citrus!

By:

Ingredients
  • For each cocktail:
  • 1 cube of sugar
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Prosecco, champagne or your favorite sparkling wine
  • 1 orange or lemon twist
Directions
  • Step 1 Place the cube of sugar on a spoon. Shake the angostura bitters on the sugar and drop the sugar into the bottom of a champagne flute.
  • Step 2 Pour in the sparkling wine.
  • Step 3 Top with an orange or lemon twist.

Sugar Cubes, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

December 31, 2018
: Makes 8 small molded sugar cubes.

Mix sugar with water or better yet, flavored water to create beautiful cubes of sugar!

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Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon water or flavored water, such as orange blossom water
Directions
  • Step 1 Mix the sugar and the water together in a small bowl. The mixture will be crumbly.
  • Step 2 Pack the sugar mixture into small molds or small liners. Let the sugar air dry overnight.
  • Step 3 To remove from the molds turn them over and gently tap then squeeze to release in the palm of your hand. To remove from the liners, just pull the paper back away from the sugar cube.


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