For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.  T.S. Eliot

Gentle Readers–

Happy New Years!

This year I’m not making any New Years’ resolutions. Instead, I’m making a New Years wish for all of you. My wish for all of you in 2010 is more champagne!

I’m really angry about the state of champagne here in the United States. We have regulated champagne into various special occasions: weddings, graduations, etc. I think we need to start celebrating all of our victories with champagne. We should consume it because our friends have just dumped a guy, had a mole removed, or because we want it. Save the expensive bottles for special occasions and find yourself a nice $10 bottle. Or, in my case and my old roommate, buck up, drink Andre, and enjoy your champagne breakfast.

Many people are silly and think that champagne must be drank by itself. Nothing could be further from the truth. You have Bellinis, Mimosas, Kir Royales, Champagne & Chambord, French Martinis to name a few of my personal favorites. Today we’re going to be mixing up a Champagne & Chambord and Kir Royale for New Years, because, really, isn’t everything prettier in pink?

Champagne & Chambord

Chilled Champagne

Raspberry Liqueur

Champagne Flute

  • The champagne flute is important, no fooling.
  • Pour the champagne into the flute.
  • Pour a teaspoon of Chambord into the flute
  • Stir and enjoy

Kir Royale

Chilled Champagne

Creme de Cassis

Champagne Flute

  • The champagne flute is still important, no fooling.
  • Pour the champagne into the flute.
  • Pour a teaspoon of Creme de Cassis into the flute
  • Stir and enjoy

Evaluation

Like I said above, champagne needs to make a comeback in our day to day lives. A little tidbit, if you have a mostly empty bottle of champagne and need to finish it the next day, a splash of club soda will bring that bottle back to life. Most of us use New Years as an excuse to drink champagne, but these two drinks are great reasons to go out and have a bottle on hand and drink up without necessitating a momentousness, life changing accomplishment. Even wart-removal, be they physical or ex-boyfriends, should be celebrated.

Cost

Champagne & Chambord

Champagne: $5 to $125

Chambord: $30 (feel free to substitute Raspberry Liqueur $10)

Cost: $15 – $155

Kir Royale

Champagne: $5 to $125

Creme de Cassis: $10

Cost: $15 – $135

Happy New Year! And, as always, happy and safe drinking.

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