Tuesday, December 29, 2015

41 Days of Drinks (day 40)

• This is the latest entry in a daily feature that is running through New Year's Eve. To provide it, I combed through all sorts of sources -- my own archives, bar books, distillers' ideas, etc. -- even press releases from breathless PR people seeking to get their clients' products mentioned.

This is a very cool party cocktail. Be sure to add the remaining grapes at the very last minute, advise the editors of "1001 Cocktails" where I found the recipe, "then watch them liven up your drink as they jump around, making even more bubbles."

GRAPE EXPECTATIONS

5 or 6 red or black grapes
Splash of mandarin liqueur
Pink Champagne or other pink sparkling wine
Fresh ice

Put aside two grapes. Crush or muddle the others in a small bowl to let the juice flow. Add ice and liqueur, stir well, and strain into a chilled Champagne goblet. Top up with Champagne. Cut the remaining grapes in half and remove the seeds, then add them to the glass and enjoy the show.

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