Nothing gets a party started like a bottle of bubbly and what better way to usher in 2019 but with Champagne! Boasting of just 100 calories for every 5 ounces (148 ml), that tall glass of drink, it turns out, is also synonymous with good health. For those trying to keep their weight in check, champagne may be the right drink to indulge in.
Wine grapes are known to contain high levels of resveratrol, an antioxidant that prevents damage to blood vessels, reduces bad cholesterol and prevents blood clots. It also contains polyphenol antioxidants that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. Guilty pleasure? Probably not.
The classic French sparkling wine is made from a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes. The former two are red grapes and the latter a white grape. Here’s a tidbit: If the wine isn’t made and bottled in region of Champagne, an hour away from Paris, it cannot be called champagne. The wine consortium takes its this rule very seriously, so much so they’ve even taken brands to court for misrepresentation of the term champagne!
Now that we’ve clearly established that champagne should be your go-to drink, here are some champagne cocktails for you to try – we’re not judging!
Hop Tea Mum
Trust Mumbai’s Thirsty City 127 when it comes to shaking up some of the most holiday-friendly champagne cocktails. Santosh Kukreti shares their Hop Tea Mum, a smokey tropical and refreshing cocktail made with homemade sparkling wine is sure to leave you feeling high. To make this one at home you’ve got to shake together 30 ml smoked tequila, 22.5 ml pineapple Arugula juice, 10 ml honey, 10 ml freshly squeezed lime juice and 90 ml sparkling wine. After double straining, pour into a champagne flute and get sippin’.
The folks at The Daily Bar and Kitchen know their cocktails. While watermelon and pineapple are always a good choice for a fizzy affair, rosemary is what makes the drink extra special. Rightly called the Candy Cane, this one’s definitely going to hit the right notes. Into your cocktail mixing glass, pour in 30 ml of homemade watermelon and rosemary syrup, followed by 15 ml of fresh pineapple syrup, 10 ml of white rum. Into that, squeeze the juice of one whole lime. Throw in around 6-8 ice cubes and shake well for a few seconds. Double strain into a pre-chilled martini glass or champagne coupe. Top this with 120 ml champagne and garnish with some pineapple leaves.
Mumbai’s Glocal Junction is taking all things berry and turning it into a fruity cocktail! Nayan Singh, Beverage Manager helps us recreate this classic cocktail – All you’ve got to do is mix together 20 ml raspberry purée, one teaspoon chopped strawberries, and finally top with about 120 ml champagne.
Under the mistletoe
Developed by Head Chef Nishant Mitra, Eddie's Bistro, this ultra-simple cocktail is all you need to get that party started. Simply rim your glass with some powdered sugar, and into it, pour around 60 ml Jim Beam bourbon, 200 ml sparkling wine, 2 drops of Cajun bitters, some ice cubes and voila! You could garnish this with some cherries, cut strawberries and rosemary leaves for that little extra festive feeling.
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