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THE FRENCH EDITION
Finding a classy signature cocktail for your bridal event is struggle enough, but the complicated execution and/or expense of pulling off a fancy, futsy cocktail in the moment can really kill your buzz.
What’s often not discussed in online cocktail recipe forums is the art of BATCHING — that’s bar-speak for pre-measuring a beverage in bulk to make delivery to your partygoers’ glasses as quick and easy as possible. The trick is, scaling up the volume of your ingredients isn’t always 1:1, and flavors can easily get out of whack.
One helpful workaround — the sparkling cocktail. Besides being inherently festive, a quality base bubbly takes care of about half the flavor and texture of your cocktail, delivering impressive results with a lot less work for you. We’ve taken inspiration from our favorite cocktailing bubbles to bring you classic, easy-to-execute recipes scaled to the bottle — so with a little math (very little!), you can have the perfect signature sipper custom-portioned to your group.
This week, we’re showcasing Calvet Brut Cremant de Bordeaux, a dry but brightly-flavored sparkler from southwestern France that just happens to be the perfect base for our favorite French sparkling cocktails.
Next week, check back for a lineup of Italian spumante stunners featuring La Gioiosa Prosecco DOC, a sunny and creamy base for way more than just the Aperol Spritz.
The French 75, Pitcher Style – Chic & boozy
Iconic among the champagne cocktail lineup, the standard French 75 is also rather potent. Named after a WW1-era pistol, it’ll get ya — a good practice in proofing down your cocktails if you’d like your party to last. The original single-serving recipe is rumored to call for 2 oz French Cognac, while we’ve opted for the more modern Gin base, and a slightly lighter pour.
- 8 oz London Dry Gin
- 4 oz fresh lemon juice
- 2 oz simple syrup
- 3.5 oz cold water
- 1 bottle Calvet Brut Cremant de Bordeaux makes 8 cocktails
Mix first 4 ingredients in a pitcher and chill thoroughly in your fridge. To serve, pour base into flutes or coupes, leaving room to top with about 3 oz Calvet Brut Cremant de Bordeaux. Garnish with lemon twists.
The St. Germain Cocktail – Light & pretty
The official beverage of one of France’s most beloved aperitif liqueurs, the St. Germain Cocktail is a tres Parisian way to party. With the ABV-buffering addition of club soda to its zesty mix of elderflower and brut bubbles, your evening will surely be a memorable — and rememberable — occasion.
- 1.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 2 oz Calvet Brut Cremant de Bordeaux
- 2 oz Club Soda
- 1 bottle Calvet Brut Cremant de Bordeaux makes 12 cocktails
Build ingredients in tall Collins glasses with ice. Garnish with lemon twists.
The Kir Royale – Fruity & foolproof
At once the easiest and most versatile of the sparkling cocktails, composing a Kir Royale recipe is rather like suggesting cream in coffee — there is no hard and fast rule on measurements, nor even which modifier must be used. Créme de Cassis blackcurrant liqueur is most classic, but Framboise liqueur (raspberry), Sloe Gin (we LOVE the very legit Spirit Works version), and Red Vermouth are also common.
- .25-.5 oz Créme de Cassis
- 1 bottle Calvet Brut Cremant de Bordeaux makes 5 cocktails
Pour Cassis into fluted glasses; top with Calvet Brut Cremant de Bordeaux. Garnish with lemon twists.
C’mon back next week for more ways to celebrate YOU on your big day…
-Aimee Hutchinson | Wine Manager Top Ten Liquors