When I think about the New Year – I think of friends, family, and parties!!! And parties means cocktails so why not do something interactive with your guests and loved ones. One cocktail that I think is perfect for beginning a party off and getting your friends and family to mingle is “The Champagne Cocktail” (recipe below). The basis of this cocktail is to take a lower grad brut champagne and liven it up with bitters and a single sugar cube. Here is where the interactive can come into the party. It’s as simple as creating a bitter bar. Go online or one of my favorite places (because they love what they do and can help you choose the right kind) is BarKeeper in Sunset Junction. Set up all your bitters and various garnishes to compliment the bitters and let your friends and family play around and be creative.
Glassware: Champagne Flute (will help the bubbles bring the aromatic of the bitters to the top)
- Brut Champagne (your choice)
- 1 White Sugar Cube
- 2-3 dashes of your favorite bitters or .25 oz
- Single Lemon Peel or garnish of your choice
Fill flute half-way up with champagne. Place sugar cube in a bar spoon over flute. Dash bitters on top of sugar cube in spoon (you will see sugar cube soaking bitters up). Place bitters and sugar cube in Flute. Fill champagne to the top and garnish.
Brent Falco, Cole’s Red Car Bar Manager