Happy New Year! (almost)
You know it’s coming though, and let’s hope this new one is better than the last one! For the final show of 2017, The Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure thought they should share a couple of drinks that feature everybody's favourite New Year’s Eve condiment, Champagne!
First up is a drink from the latest TASTE magazine, which is put out by the BC Liquor store. There were four “sparklers” to choose from, so here (as a festive New Year’s bonus) is the link to the other recipes!
The one we did is called Sage North and was created by David Wolowidnyk. We’ve done recipes from Mr. Wolowidnyk before and he never fails to satisfy. Check out his new venture here. Resurrection Spirits!
by David Wolowidnyk 2017
3/4 ounce Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye (we used Canadian Club 100% Rye)
1 ounce sage honey (recipe follows)
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, strained
2 ounces freshly squeezed ruby grapefruit juice, strained
2 ounces Chamdeville Brut (used Freixenet - Cordon Negro Brut)
1 large sage sprig for garnish
Combine rye, sage honey, lemon and grapefruit juice in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with the sparkling wine. Gently bruise a sprig of sage and lower into glass to garnish
Sage Honey Recipe
2 large sage springs
1/2 cup boiling water
2/3 cup honey
In a saucepan, add sage to boiling water, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove sage and measure 1/3 cup of Sage Water. Set aside.
Gently heat the honey to make it easier to work with, then add the Sage Water and stir to dissolve the honey. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month.
This drink is so good. Who ever would have thought about pairing rye and sparkling wine? The citrus flavours come through but are tamed by the Sage Honey. A little tart, a little sweet, a little bubbly, hey that’s neat!
Secondly Gentleman Fred found a bright little number at thespruce.com called The Happy New Year Cocktail. Something just sounded so right about that!
The Happy New Year Cocktail
by thespruce.com 2017
1 1/2 ounces brandy
3/4 ounce ruby port
3/4 ounce orange juice
4 ounces Champagne (you know what we used)
Pour the brandy, port, and orange juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with the Champagne.
This is one of those neat drinks, where in the end you think, “Hey, I just make sparkling red wine!” It’s like your own personal sized punch. All the flavours play well together and the 4 ounces of sparkling wine give it that little extra fizz!
Both of these drinks are super easy (even if you have to make the sage honey) and there’s no reason you shouldn’t serve them at that big New Year’s Eve party you just decided you’re going to have!
Good luck and have a safe and sensational Happy New Year from The Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure!
The Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure