Every year around this time we get a bunch of annoying requests for low-cal cocktails, which we usually just ignore, because, let's be honest, if you want a low-cal beverage, drink water. We refuse to use artificial sweeteners or "diet" anything in our cocktails. But this year, after inventing several fabulous champagne cocktails for New Year's Eve, we scratched our heads, looked at each other and said, "Wait! I think we just invented some low-cal cocktails! Healthy, even?" OK, healthy may be a bit of a stretch, but they are made with fresh ingredients and most importantly, they're seriously delicious.
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Gilding the lily is one of my favorite activities, but there was something mildly insane about the thought of putting ice cream in champagne. Were drinkers back in 1888 on to something good?
A marriage of the Cosmopolitan and the Kir Royale, Champagne gets dressed up with cranberry juice and Triple Sec. Alcoholic, slightly sweet, and slightly tart, and you'll be thankful you took a few sips of this festive cocktail.
For me, nothing is as naughty as Nutella, which I eat with a spoon, straight from the jar. No need to mess around. This Champagne shooter is a small liquorish tribute to my sweet indulgence: chocolate and hazelnut liqueurs tempered with the bright-eyed, winking sparkle of Champagne.
his French 75 uses sugar cubes to add a touch of exhibitionism to a New Year's cocktail party. Pass a tray of these lemon and gin and Champagne cocktails around, and as each guest picks one up, drop a sugar cube or two into their flute.
Sure, you could make mimosas on Mother's Day. But if you're looking for something a little more adventurous to make with your bubbly--or, perhaps the idea of spending an afternoon at your mother's place requires a little extra fortification--you can send your greetings via Air Mail.
The Black Velvet's name perfectly describes the experience and sensation of drinking one: thick, rich, luxurious, decadent and probably a little bit dangerous. I was apprehensive the first time I came across the recipe, but I was quickly won over: the drink marries the stout's ferrous tang with the dry, fruity crispness of Champagne, and makes itself all the more drinkable by cutting the beer's robust richness with all those manic bubbles.
Think of the Old Cuban as what a mojito wants to be when it grows up. Suave and urbane, yet with the mojito's summer-busting power, the Old Cuban is one of the finest rum drinks around.