As if there isn’t enough fizz floating around over the Christmas season... Did you know that December 31st is National Champagne Day? No? Well neither did we... so you can imagine our delight! This is a perfect day to observe this holiday because we are pretty certain you will all be making a New Year’s Eve toast with champagne.
Champagne is a sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France under the rules of appellation. The name Champagne is legally protected. However, some use this term as a generic term for sparkling wines. As Champagne can be quite expensive we will allow you to celebrate the National Champagne Day drinking any sparkling wine you like, no matter whether it comes from France, Italy, or California.
Instead of drinking Champagne, you could make a champagne cocktail that will be perfect for New Year’s Eve. For instance, Mimosa is a classic Champagne cocktail and here we have two suitably festive flavours for you to try!
20ml Plum Puree
130ml chilled Champagne
2 red plum slices
Fill a pint glass with ice. Add the Plum Puree, Pernod and Champagne and stir gently. Strain into a chilled flute and garnish with the plum slices.
25g melted chocolate
3 candy canes, crushed
150ml peppermint schnapps, divided between 6 glasses
1 bottle champagne
6 candy canes, whole
Pour melted chocolate onto a small plate. Pour crushed candy canes onto a separate plate. Dip rims of champagne flutes first in chocolate, then in crushed candy canes to coat.
Add 25ml of peppermint schnapps to each glass, then top with champagne or prosecco. Garnish with full candy canes before serving.