The best present I ever received was a chance to go through the tasting menu at Auberge du Pommier. Not only did I feel absolutely extravagant for eating 7 courses, I also had one of those “I’ve peaked” revelations moments after being introduced to Lillet. Served to me chilled, garnished with an orange rind, this aperitif wine was just absolute perfection on its own, just before the meal. But what makes this drink a total aha moment is its versatility, especially in cocktails. I like wine. I like cocktails. Never did I realize the two could be so harmoniously intertwined. In a champagne flute, no less! Or a martini glass; serve with gin and vodka, and you’ve got yourself James Bond’s cocktail from Casino Royale. There’s a reason the world’s suavest man loves this drink – it’s divine.
Today, I’ve taken a twist in a fruiter direction and put together a Lillet & Champagne Berry Cocktail. Perfectly sweet, this is a breakfast, lunch and dinner drink. It won’t even tell you what to pair it with because it’d be a crime. Serve it for your New Year’s toasting for a super sweet 2015! Keep reading for the recipe.
- half a glass of Pink Champagne
- 1/3 of a glass of Lillet
- top it off with an ounce of Chambord or Creme de Cassis
- fresh berries for garnish
Mix it all together and serve chilled. Ice won’t ruin it, but frozen fresh raspberries are far prettier and add a nice flavour. Though I like presenting my drinks in an authentically Paperclips & Peonies way, this drink looks darling in traditional stemware too. Just use your judgement and serve according to occasion.
Hosting a fun and fabulous celebration? See my tutorial for drinking straw flags here for additional garnish. Cheers!
What are you drinking this New Year’s Eve? Share your ideas in the comments below!