Champagne

Be bubbly and serve champagne recipes! Nothing says “this is a seductive occasion” better than the sound of a cork popping free of a champagne bottle. The classy drinks you serve are the gateway to an excellent evening spent celebrating your time together.

Cocktails

Many people drink red or white wine only, no matter what’s on the menu. Dry wine is served before dinner and with all courses except dessert (when a sweet wine is appreciated). Champagne is appropriate as a cocktail, with dessert, or on special occasions.


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Wine can be sipped from any glass imaginable; however, a wine glass is preferred because its size and shape are most conducive to smelling, seeing, and tasting the wine. The stem should be long enough to prevent you from raising the wine’s temperature by holding the bowl by providing you with a way to hold the glass instead. Always handle a glass by its stem.

Gold Diamond Champagne Toasting Flute Glasses, Set of 2

  1. Set of 2 11″ Champagne Flutes, holding a generous 6.7 ounces each.
  2. Crafted of fine clear glass, with elegant gold diamond design.
  3. Perfect for weddings, anniversaries, and other special-occasion gifts.
  4. Gift boxed suited to all celebratory occasions.
  5. Hand Wash only.

UnCorking Champagne

Champagne is the most refined sparkling wine, produced only in the Champagne region of France. Only champagne made in its namesake town should bear this name. Champagne glasses are tall and slender so the bubbles cannot escape as quickly. Add the perfect magic to any occasion by serving this delicate drink.

Individual champagnes are named after their producer. Champagnes vary from light to full-bodied. For a lighter style, try Taittinger and Perrier-Jouet; for medium corporeality, drink Moet & Chandon; and for a full-bodied champagne, have Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Louis Roederer, or Bollinger on hand.

The primary types of champagne include Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, and Rose. A champagne label will tell you a lot about the contents. From dry to be sweet. Champagnes are labeled Brut Absolut, Brut, Extra-Dry, Sec, Demi-Sec and Doux.

Home Winemaking: Step by Step

Opening Champagne the Traditional Way

The traditional way to open a bottle of champagne is easy to do all wrong. First, you must get rid of the foil surrounding the cork (just enough to clear the cork and muselet), then untwist the muselet. Next, hold the bottle at an angle of 45 degrees, pointed away from you (and preferably not in the direction of anyone else), and remove the cork.

The trick is to get the cork from the bottle in such a way that a slight hiss is audible. The simplest method is to gently twist the cork a little until it gives. A loud pop is an absolute sin.

Potent Dessert Wine

Dessert wines entertain and impress all over the world. At your next seductive dinner, make sure you save room for dessert―dessert wine, that is. This beverage should be served instead of the after-dinner tea and coffee.

A dessert wine is potent, sweet, and full of flavor. An average pour for dessert wine is two ounces, and this drink is generally served chilled for whites and served at room temperature or slightly chilled for reds.

Dessert wines contain flavors like peach, almond, oak, and herbs, adding a tang to even the lightest dessert. Adding dessert wine to a sweet cream or paste dessert always creates a wonderful combination. As a rule of thumb, a dessert wine should always be sweeter than the dessert it accompanies.

Madeira: This is the drink with which the Constitution was toasted, and is a rumored favorite of the forefathers.
Vermouth: A wonderful base for a light dinner in need of a slightly sweet touch.
Marsala: A wine from Italy, modeled after port and containing a ripe, rich flavor.
Sherry: A blended wine to which grape brandy is added after fermentation.
Port: A sweet wine from Portugal, with a short fermentation span. This wine can be bottled for periods of up to fifty years before being opened.

Seduction and Romantic Dinner Martini Recipes

Djèvò Beloved Champagne Shots

Yields two servings.
Champagne is a lavish tool for stimulating lust! Thrill your lover with a shot that will heat up the room, day and night.

  • 2 sparkling CHAMPAGNE GLASSES
  • 1 bottle DRY CHAMPAGNE
  • 1 jigger FRUIT PUREE, raspberry, or passion fruit

Spoon the puree into two champagne flutes and pour the champagne on top. Say a toast and cheers.

Sultry Wine with Red and White Raspberries

Yields two servings.
A blend of berries will lend an elegant, semisweet flavor to sparkling white wine. For cocktail lovers, sparkling wine becomes a choice ingredient with which to add other interesting flavors.

  • 2 sparkling WINE GLASSES
  • 1 bottle WHITE WINE
  • 1 pint RED and WHITE RASPBERRIES, fresh

Fill the glasses ¾ full with wine, and then add the raspberries. Toast and sip. Do not pour the wine to the top of the glass; if the glass is half full, drinkers can swirl the wine without spilling.
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Palm Court “Gold-Gilded” Champagne Cocktail Coupe (Gift Box Set of 4)

  • Gift Box Set of 4 “Gold-Gilded” Champagne Coupes for service at The Ritz London
  • Perfect for Champagne and artisan cocktails at the home or professional bar
  • Fanciful, gold-rim design reflects the Palm Court’s elegant gold-and-mirrored decor

Wizardly Twin Fused Brut

Yields two servings.
A wizard (derived from the word wise) is a practitioner of magic, especially in folklore, fantasy-fiction, and fantasy role-playing games. This drink is a combination crafted by magic; be careful, as you will be captivated. Pernod is an anise-based liquor made in France.

  • 1-⅓ jiggers PERNOD LIQUOR
  • 1 glass CHAMPAGNE FLUTE
  • 1 bottle AMERICAN BRUT (Sparkling Wine)

Stir the Pernod in a mixing glass with ice to chill. Pour chilled Pernod into a champagne flute and fill the rest of the way with champagne.

“The American Brut (Sparkling Wines) are both dry, toasty, and bubbly. The secret ingredient is the bubbles – which tradition says we owe to Dom Perignon.  Thanks Dom”

Sparkling Rainbow Elixir

Yields two servings.
This is a fun, frozen champagne drink with a twist. To some purists, the mixing of champagne with anything might seem unthinkable.

  • 1 jigger CRANBERRY JUICE
  • 2 scoops RAINBOW SHERBET
  • 1 jigger VODKA
  • ¾ jigger PEACH SCHNAPPS
  • 1 jigger AMERICAN BRUT (Sparkling Wine)

Pour the cranberry juice into a glass. Blend the sherbet, vodka, and schnapps until smooth. Pour blended ingredients over cranberry juice to produce a swirl effect. Layer the champagne on top.

Dubonnet Sexy Soul Kiss (Aperitif)

Yields one serving.
Dubonnet is vermouth made from a mixture of southern French wines, spices, and aged herbs. It has been made in Paris since 1846. You can find Dubonnet Blanc or Rouge in your local liquor stores.  Dubonnet lends itself equally to both classic and innovative cocktails.

  • 1 jigger DUBONNET VERMOUTH
  • 1 jigger DRY VERMOUTH
  • 1 jigger SWEET VERMOUTH
  • 1 jigger ORANGE JUICE, fresh

Mix the ingredients with ice in a shaker and pour into a chilled wine glass.

” Dubonnet flavors are cherry, mint and walnut aromas, with notes of lemon zest, cardamom and toffee… with flavors of orange, nuts, chocolate and coffee; finishes fairly sweet, with lemon and herb notes.”

Moët & Chandon Georgia Peach Fizz

Yields two servings.
Peaches are the quintessential summer fruit; their fragrance, texture, color, and flavor will delight the senses! When making any cocktail with Champagne be sure to add the Champagne to the flute last. Pour the Champagne slowly over the other ingredients to refrain from an overflow.

  • 2 sparkling CHAMPAGNE GLASSES
  • 1 bottle MOËT & CHANDON CHAMPAGNE
  • 1 medium GEORGIA PEACH, fresh and peeled

Fill glasses ¾ full with champagne. Peel, seed, and slice the peach, then place in the champagne. Toast and sip.

Moët maintains an impressive consistency with this lemon- and lime-flavored wine, smooth but crisp, and easy to drink.

Ritzy Champagne Mimosa with Fresh Mint

Yields two servings.
A symbol of luxury and celebrations, champagne is the drink of love. Use only fresh squeezed orange juice for this beverage. Champagne is good for almost any celebration.

  • 1 bottle DRY CHAMPAGNE
  • ½ quart ORANGE JUICE, fresh
  • ¼ bunch FRESH MINT LEAVES

Mix chilled champagne with orange juice, embellish the drink with fresh mint, and serve.


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