This week I bought my first bottle of grenadine. Do you remember where you were when you bought your first bottle of grenadine? Probably not. It’s a weird thing to remember. However, I remember it quite clearly because it was less than a week ago. I was in Hiller’s market, I stopped to get a little four pack of tiny champagne bottles, as is my usual to-do before a Champagne Wednesday, and the grenadine was right where I thought it would be, near the bitters and other cocktail accoutrements, in a tall dark bottle.
‘Now that is a bottle of tasty looking syrup,’ I said to myself. I may or may not have made a mental note to try it on pancakes sometime. It’s not important.
What is important is this: this week’s Champagne Wednesday cocktail is delicious. Tart, beautiful, tasty and you can get 3 servings out of a 187ml bottle of sparkling wine. I know this because I did. Aaaaand I drank all three. I was on my own! Josh was away at a gaming convention this week. And besides, they were only champagne flutes. And I drank them while making dinner, so it hardly even counts at all.
- 1/3 oz Grand Marnier
- 1/3 oz Campari bitters
- 1/4 oz Grenadine syrup
- 3 oz sparkling wine
- Ice cubes and cherries for garnish, if desired
- In a champagne glass, place a few fresh cherries and a couple small ice cubes. Pour in the Grand Marnier, bitters and Grenadine. Top it off with the sparkling wine and enjoy.
© Have Fork, Will Eat
Caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil, and I can see why. It’s freaking delicious and refreshing. Traditionally it’s made with cachaça (a sugar cane-derived liquor), sugar and lime. For this week’s Champagne Wednesday, we used a derivative recipe from Cookie and Kate that uses white rum and adds slices of cucumber, as well as club soda. Being that this is Champagne Wednesday, we further substituted sparkling wine for the club soda. So what we really have here is a derivative of a derivative. Which equals…I’m not really sure. I was told there would be no math.
[fancy_link color=”black” link=”http://cookieandkate.com/2011/cucumber-cocktails/”]Cucumber Caipirinha from Cookie and Kate[/fancy_link]