It’s the 8th December and the Christmas spirit is well and truly under way everywhere you look. Maybe we’re being a bit bah-humbug in our house, but we haven’t bothered with Christmas decorations or even a tree this year, and we don’t even do a typical Christmas dinner on the big day itself. Last year – and probably this year too because it was so yummy – we had a Christmas pizza which might sound strange, but I wouldn’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. It had all the good stuff: turkey, bacon, cranberry sauce and stuffing, and it was a-maz-ing.
What i’m trying to say is that we’re all for the non-standard Christmas experience here at Team G&T HQ, and in honor of that we tried an unusual champagne based drink in the hopes that it could replace your bog standard celebratory tipple. It’s called Blue Champagne and, would you believe it, it’s literally blue champagne – with a few extra bits and bobs for good measure. If you take a quick glance at the photo below, you can see that it’s a wonderful turquoise colour that just about shouts ‘DRINK ME’ and, not to toot my own horn, I can’t help but think that the straight champagne flutes makes it look just that bit classier.
Now for the sad part; it doesn’t actually taste as nice as it looks or, rather, it doesn’t taste any different to just champagne on it’s own. I’m not a big lover of champagne, but I had hoped that the combination of orange liqueurs and lemon juice might just freshen it up a bit. Alas, I was disappointed to find out that you almost couldn’t taste them at all and gave it the rating that I would give for just champagne on its own.
Still, if you like champagne then you should ignore my personal rating for this drink and give it a go. If you’re hosting Christmas dinner for family or friends this year, think of how impressed they’ll be if you serve up a glass of this on arrival instead of the usual plain bubbly. Another thing to consider when making this drink is that it recommends either vodka or gin, so perhaps try it with both and see which you prefer; we used a basic vodka, but I imagine with the botanicals of a good gin it could really lift the cocktail.
♦ 1 ounce vodka or gin
♦ ¼ ounce lemon juice
♦ ¼ blue curaçao
♦ Dash of triple sec
♦ 3 to 5 ounces of chilled champagne (or prosecco or cava)
Pour all the ingredients except the champagne into a chilled flute, and then slowly top with the champagne.