Warm weather brings longer days which means more time to spend outside and more time to hang out with the friends you didn’t get to see much during those cold Winter days filled with work, gray skies and early darkness. Seems like the perfect time for a champagne cocktail recipe. This summer drink is also perfect for wedding cocktails or just some everyday celebrating. Because you really don’t need a life changing event to be your reason for celebrating. Sometimes just making it through your hectic day, without strangling somebody, is reason enough for celebrating.
Besides…bubbles, you can only expect to have fun when there are bubbles around.
Today is Craig’s birthday. Yes, it was on this day that the world was graced with his presence. And just how long do you think I’ve been hearing about this momentous occasion? Yes, it’s been at least a month that I’ve been regaled with stories of ‘special day’ and all that he should expect to have happen during that week. Between you and me…I actually look forward to the day itself, because I know that I’ll only have to hear about it for another day or two at the most.
Don’t get me wrong…I love the guy, but this kind of carrying on is enough to make anyone ready to head for the hills.
Of course, there are the requests (put in the form of quasi demands) for what his birthday dinner should include. Although, I must admit he went easy on me this year as far as the main course is involved (the fact that his work pants are beginning to not fit him might have something to do with that), but the dessert is a whole other story entirely.
We just got back from Cannes and this is where the problem lies. One night, at dinner, he decided that dessert was in order. While reading the menu, he got really excited about the first item on the list: brownie crème brulée. Upon further discussions with the owner, he was saddened to learn that this was a typo and in fact was two separate desserts: brownie and crème brulée. Guess what his birthday dinner request was?
But he got to start his birthday day off right (at least in my book) with this champagne cocktail recipe. I mean, why should you start your birthday off the same way you always do? You can always have a cup of coffee, but how often are you greeted with a champagne cocktail?
I got the idea for this one from an old Bon Appetit cocktail recipe where they used strawberries, lemon, simple syrup and champagne…ok so it’s similar but different. I didn’t claim to have used their recipe…it was just an inspiration. Considering my most current things for inspiration included air sick bags, bad airline food, jet lag and time changes…you should be thanking me for doing this cocktail rather than the one I concocted on my plane ride called International Dateline Purge.
This little cocktail recipe is one of those that I’m definitely going to keep around for my summer drink recipes that I’ll be pulling out for little get togethers. First of all, it’s super easy to make and second of all…I love champagne, so I’ll take any excuse to break out a bottle of the bubbly. It’s also one of those recipes, that if you’re looking for some wedding cocktails, would be great for the big day.
After his big “good morning” birthday hug (bet you thought I was going somewhere else with that…you little perverts…that’s why I love you so much) I handed him a glass of this champagne cocktail recipe. He asked me what I called it and I replied with “a champagne cocktail recipe.” He wasn’t too keen on my lack of name (given that it was his birthday and all…like I forgot or something) so he proceeded to name it the “dirty fish tank.” Such a lovely name, don’t you think? After a bit, the bubbles loosen up the muddled black berries and lemon causing the pieces to float around the glass. Whatever, he’s a dumb boy.
Even though I’m calling this a champagne recipe, I actually made this cocktail with Cava. You may remember, some time ago, I wrote about champagne, prosecco and cava. That’s the other reason why this makes for perfect wedding cocktails. If you’re trying to save some money (and who isn’t during a wedding), you can serve this cocktail using either prosecco or cava if your budget is bursting at the seams. Both of these bubblies are available at a better price than champagne. And…you can get a very nice bottle of prosecco or cava at a price that’s comparable to a cruddy bottle of champagne (and it will taste much better).
So break out a bottle of bubbly and get to work on your summer drink recipes with this sparkly champagne cocktail.
In the spirit of Craig’s birthday, I will refrain from my usual sarcastic and sometimes negative relationship advice.
Recipe: Champagne Cocktail Recipe
- 4 Blackberries
- 1/4 – 1/2 Teaspoon Honey (depending on your taste)
- 1 Lemon Slice
- Toss the blackberries into the glass and top with the honey.
- Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, muddle the blackberries and honey together.
- Add the slice of lemon on top of the muddled berries.
- Lightly muddle the lemon to release some of its juices.
- Top with Cava.
Feel free to use Prosecco or Champagne instead of the Cava.
Preparation time: 7 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (General)