SWIZZLE THE VOTE!
Interesting time to launch our latest adventure – Election 2008. No matter your take on things it has been long… very long. And far more interesting than usual. All factors calling for a serious cocktail.
When celebrating your candidate’s win, your thoughts may turn to the classic Champagne Cocktail. The cherry in the bottom, the “tiny bubbles.” And if you were like my Aunt Adelaide, it’s the perfect occasion to lean over your cocktail with your gold swizzle stick on the end of your necklace, hanging ever so discreetly on your… umm, chest, and swizzle your champagne in a feigned effort to activate the bubbles. She could captivate a room like no one I have ever seen, without saying a word. That reminds of the time the movie director.… nah, I’ll save that for another time.
The Champagne Cocktail a timeless classic originally made popular in 1862. A Champagne Cocktail is one of the rare instances when the wide mouthed, shallow glass is used with Champagne instead of the tall, thin flute. Flutes can be used if you don’t have coupes. Using a sugar cube, rather than simple syrup, is classic as well.
Ladies, if we escort you and your gentleman to Table 8 at Commander’s Palace, we hope you’re ready to say, “I do.” More couples have gotten engaged at Table 8, a romantic corner nestled in the Coliseum Room, than throughout the entire restaurant. Champagne and Champagne Cocktails are de rigueur for such occasions. Unless the lady says no. Then it’s “Check, please.”
Makes 1 cocktail
1 sugar cube
6 dashes Angostura bitters.
Chilled Champagne, to fill the glass .
Lemon twist for garnish
Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a Champagne glass and drop the bitters onto it. Fill the glass with Champagne and garnish with the twist. Serve immediately.
Now, if you are a bit gloomier on election night we have a new drink for you. It is called “The Oops.” I’ve been wanting to name a drink that for years.
Up and coming bartender at Commanders Palace in New Orleans, Ferrel Dugas, invented this recently. I am in a Whiskey phase and I perpetually suggest they develop around it. Ta Da… The Oops!
1 oz Maker’s Mark
1 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1/4 oz Cherry Heering
Chill a martini glass. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain into the martini glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
Darn good drink, exceedingly well balanced! In fact I am having dinner with Dale DeGroff, “King Cocktail” himself this week and we will try it out on him. We’ll let you know how it goes.
Now, whatever you do on election day VOTE! And have a well-made cocktail.
* Coincidentally, both of these amazing Cocktail Chicks came up with the Champagne Cocktail independent of each other! Check out some election/cocktail related links on our Friends page. Your Vote and Voice Counts. And please let us know what you’ll be drinking as America moves forward with its new president.