Friday, 31 May 2013

Friday Cocktail: English Sparkling Wine Cocktails, Three Ways

Now we've spent all week urging you to go out and buy English wine, we're sure our worldwide influence means you've all got cellars brimful of the stuff. Because people listen to us, and act on our recommendations. Right? RIGHT?!

Anyway, obviously you've read Freddy's piece on where to find some of England's best sparkling wines, so when you do invest in some of the finest bubbles the country has to offer, we think you'll love finishing up the bottle (or getting one started!) by using it to make one of these sparkling wine cocktails.

Pink Elder-berry Fizz (Serves Two)
Inspiration taken from The Londoner

You will need:

25ml simple syrup
25ml elderflower cordial or liqueur
A handful of raspberries
2 lemon slices
100-150ml sparkling wine

Shake it!

1. Pour the simple syrup and elderflower cordial/liqueur into the bottom of a highball glass and stir together.
2. Gently muddle the raspberries (half crush with the back of a wooden spoon if you don't have a muddler) to release the juices and pop them in each glass.
3. Top with two or three ice cubes and a slice of lemon each - this acts as a barrier so the colours gently filter upwards.
4. Top the glass up with the sparkling wine.

Queen's Cousin (serves one)
Recipes based on drinksmixer.

You will need:

1 shot vodka
1/2 shot Grand Marnier
1/2 shot lime juice
A couple of dashes angostura bitters
One dash triple sec
3-4 shots sparkling wine

Shake it!

1. Pour everything except the wine into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigourously for ten seconds.
2. Strain into a Champagne saucer and top up with sparkling wine.

Ginger Fizz (Serves 2)
Recipe is a variation based on this one from Martha Stewart.

You will need:

100g caster sugar
100ml water
1 tsp grated ginger
250ml sparkling wine

Shake it!

1. Make a simple syrup, but add the ginger to the saucepan. Allow to cool until fridge temperature.
2. Pour one tablespoon of the ginger syrup into two champagne flutes.
3. Top up with sparkling wine, and gently stir.
Optional upgrade: You could also add a dash of pomegranate juice and orange liqueur in the final stages if you'd like a little more flavour.

Images taken from Dinner Series and Farther Along respectively under the CCL.

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