Breathing New Life into Champagne

 

There is seldom an occasion anywhere in the world that doesn’t feature champagne. From graduations to weddings, champagne is a firm favourite for most of life’s celebrations.
 

Although real champagne is only produced in the region in France bearing the same name, many people mistakenly refer to sparkling wine as champagne.There is seldom an occasion anywhere in the world that doesn’t feature champagne. From graduations to weddings, champagne is a firm favourite for most of life’s celebrations.
 

But how do you tell if a champagne/ sparkling wine is a good one? Well certainly wines grown in the Champagne region in France are good champagnes but another way of telling is if the bubbles are small. The smaller the bubbles, the better the quality of sparkling wine or champagne because there are more bubbles to release the flavours of the drink.
 

Champagne is basically the same as other wines in that it is cellared and improves with age.  The main difference is that the degree to which you can age a bottle of champagne without ruining it will vary according to a particular brand of champagne and conditions under which the champagne is being stored.
 

As famous as the drink, is the elegant flute shaped glass it is drunk out of.  The wider wine glasses are not at all suitable as the bubbles evaporate too quickly and the aroma is also wasted.  The better class of flutes has a little drop of glass on the bottom of it making the bubbles rise from the little drop. Crystal glasses are also better as they are slightly rougher allowing the bubbles to come out more.  Champagne is best consumed at 6 to 10 degrees centigrade (approximately 42-50F).
 

Watch this video I found on Youtube which gave me an excellent idea for left over champagne. No need to throw it away, make a delicious and refreshing champagne cocktail to breathe new life into old champagne.
 

After watching this video, it got me thinking why not try some other champagne cocktails to add punch to the basic left over champagne? These are some of the best recipes I tried.
 

Bacardi Champagne Punch recipe
 

  • 5ml Bacardi white rum
  • 100 ml triple sec
  • 100 ml amaretto almond liqueur
  • 50 ml grenadine syrup
  • 50ml sugar syrup
  • 1 chunked pineapple
  • Left over champagne
  • 1 litre sparkling water

 

Combine ingredients (except champagne and water) in a punch bowl, cover and chill for 2 hours. Add champagne and water, with a little ice. Add 5-10 frozen strawberries. Serve in wine glasses.
 

Champagne Fizz Recipe
 

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp superfine sugar
  • 3 ozchilled Champagne

 

Pour the gin, lemon juice and sugar in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes, and shake well. Strain into a champagne flute, add champagne, and serve.
 

If you are in the mood for something with a Tropical twist, try Champagne Tropicale and pretend you are an island paradise sipping sun downers on the beach.
 
Champagne Tropicale Recipe
 

  • 1 1/2 oz mango puree
  • 4 oz Champagne
  • 1 oz maraschino liqueur

 

Pour the mango puree into a mixing glass, then slowly add the champagne whilst stirring gently. Float the maraschino on top, and serve.