Cocktail of the Week: Champagne Cocktail Trio



Cocktail of the Week: Champagne Cocktail Trio; Chambord Kir Royale, Nelson’s Blood and Mexican 75

A holiday triple treat! Three easy-to-make Champagne Cocktails Just in time to ring in the New Year!

My favorite, the Mexican 75 is a riff on the French 75 and a bright way to light up your new year’s celebration.
1oz Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila (or your favorite tequila)
¼ teaspoon Agave Syrup
Fresh Lime
Dry Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Pour ¼ teaspoon of Agave Syrup in the bottom of a champagne flute. Cut the lime into wedges. Squeeze one lime wedge over syrup and drop into flute, add Tequila and top with Champaign. Sabroso!

Nelson’s Blood
Named after British naval Admiral Horatio Nelson, famous for his victories against the French during the Napoleonic Wars. Nelson led the Royal Navy to victory in the battle of Trafalgar where he unfortunately lost his life to a battle wound. It is said that Lord Nelson’s body was preserved in a cask of brandy for return to England and that his crew drank the brandy out of respect. Yuck. This homage to Lord Nelson is certainly a more pleasant and hygienic tribute. Cheers!
3/4oz Tawny Port
Very Dry Champagne
Lemon Twists
Pour Port into the bottom of a champagne flute. Twist Lemon peel over your glass to release the lemon oils into your drink and rub the peel over the rim of your glass before dropping into the flute. Top with Champagne. Voila!

Chambord Kir Royale – An elegant an easy classic!
½ oz Chambord
Fresh Raspberries
Pour Chambord into the bottom of a Champagne flute, add a few fresh Raspberries and top with Champagne. Enjoy!

Wishing all of you a very, happy New Year! Celebrate safely. Drink responsibly and leave your car keys at home.
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Cocktail of the Week: Moscow Mule – Classic or Pomegranate


Moscow MuleThis trendy and tangy classic cocktail is credited with popularizing Vodka in the United States; just a few sips and you’ll know why. Traditional copper mugs are not required but who doesn’t love to use pretty barware?

1 1/2oz Smirnoff or your favorite Vodka
Ginger Beer (4-6oz per cocktail)
Fresh Lime cut into generous wedges
2oz Pomegranate Juice (optional)
Pomegranate Seeds for garnish (optional)

Classic Recipe: Fill a copper mug or a Collins glass with ice. Pour Vodka over ice, squeeze lime wedge over vodka and drop into your drink, top with 4 – 6 oz of Ginger Beer.
Pomegranate Variation: After adding lime, pour in 2oz Pomegranate Juice, top with Ginger Beer, Sprinkle with Pomegranate Seeds to garnish – Enjoy!

What’s ginger beer? Ginger Beer is a fermented beverage made from ginger. Ginger Beer has a deeper flavor, cloudier appearance and frothier pour than its sweeter, bubblier, carbonated cousin ginger ale. In the Philadelphia area, Ginger Beer is readily available at grocery stores including Whole Foods, Acme and Giant stores.

History: John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc., bought Smirnoff Vodka in 1931. Vodka sales were flat until John met up with Jack Morgan who ran the “Cock ‘n’ Bull” restaurant in LA and who also produced an overstock of ginger beer. The Cock ‘n Bull bartender combined the two products in a tasty way and the successful Moscow Mule marketing campaign was underway!

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