The spirituous star of New Year’s Eve has traditionally been champagne. But this leads to a problem each year at The Aerie, because you see, The Beloved doesn’t like sparkling wines – generally too sweet and something about “the bubbles”.
But it seems sort of wrong NOT to have champagne on New Year’s Eve, or to drink it all myself, so I sought out a champagne-based cocktail that both The Beloved and I would like. What I decided on was: The Gentlemen
- Put about a teaspoon of brown sugar in a flute (a champagne flute, that is) and cover it with bitters.
- Add 1 oz cognac and 1/2 oz St. Germain
- Top with sparkling wine.
The cognac and bitters added a nice balance to the sweetness of the champagne and the St. Germain added a nice floral touch. Given the fact that we each had several, I think The Gentlemen made a great impression on each member of the house and may get sparkling wine on the menu more often here in 2012.
Happy New Year!