Champagne is one of the ultimate celebratory drinks. It is bubbly, tickles the nose and just feels festive. It’s perfect! So why mess with perfection? Because we can! There are also many opportunities to host celebratory parties and events in the months ahead. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all offer numerous occasions to bust out the bubbly. It’s time to start planning ahead for those brunches, lunches and parties that wake the dead.
The Black Pearl champagne cocktail is lush tasting with dark, rich color. It is easy to make with three liquid ingredients and simple maraschino cherry garnish. Make the Black Pearl even easier to serve to a group by making the cognac and coffee liqueur base ahead of time so it is ready to serve with one pour. This is a perfect drink for pirate themed Halloween parties. You could also include the Pirate’s Punch, Scarlet Pirate, South Pacific drinks for on the rocks sipping and the Wench’s Sister shot for pure fun.
Black Pearl Champagne Recipe
1 ounce Cognac
1 ounce Coffee Liqueur
3 ounces Brut Champagne
Place a maraschino cherry in the bottom of a champagne flute. Combine cognac and coffee liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into the champagne flute over the maraschino cherry. Top with chilled brut champagne.
Make this ahead of time in batch quantity with the following directions:
1 – 750ml Bottle Brut Champagne – chilled
Combine the following in a glass bottle with lid:
9 ounces Cognac
9 ounces Coffee Liqueur
4-1/2 ounces Distilled Water*
Refrigerate until well chilled and ready to serve. *Addition of distilled water takes the place of shaking individual servings with ice. This small amount of water compensates for the dilution factor or shaking with ice.
When ready to serve add the following to each glass:
Pink Moscato Bubbly and Jager. Yes. I said it. You know why this works? Because in its humblest form it began as a little red head you wouldn’t want to take home to your momma. Check out that link and you’ll find the little red head in all her glory.
You see, shots are little pistols full of potent flavor. They beg for more than 15 seconds of fame in the evening with vague recollection in the morning. There are so many fabulous tasting shots that are wasted on a quick throw back down the hatch. They need a little recreational remix for decorum purposes. Adjust proportions, add a mixer or bubbly topper and change the glass.
The Scarlet Sunset cocktail is definitely a drink you can take home to your mother, serve your boss or sip with your significant other. Scarlet Sunset contains deep spice and peach flavor. Its beautiful dark hue reminds me of a scarlet colored Manhattan. The base ingredients have been readjusted and fine-tuned to work with the cherry citrus flavors in the sweet Pink Moscato Bubbly. This cocktail tickles your nose and tickles your fancy. It’s excellent for Girls Night Out, Mother’s Day Brunch or an evening with someone special.
Scarlet Sunset Cocktail Recipe
Scarlet Sunset – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
2 ounces Barefoot Pink Moscato Bubbly
1 ounce Jägermeister Herbal Liqueur
1/2 ounce Peach Schnapps
1-1/4 ounce Cranberry Juice Cocktail
Peach Slice Garnish
Combine liqueur, schnapps and juice in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Top with Barefoot Pink Moscato Bubbly. Garnish with fresh or frozen peach slice.
This Scarlet Sunset recipe was commissioned by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Barefoot Wine & Bubbly on this site and at BarefootWine.com and by following Barefoot Wine on Facebook.
After weeks of indulgent desserts and holiday feasts it is definitely time to take a look at lower calorie drink choices. Everyone wants a bikini ready body by the time beach season rolls around. But no one likes slapping the word diet on Happy Hour time. Cocktails should always be about having fun with friends and consuming flavors you enjoy.
Small adjustments can make a huge difference without sacrificing flavor. Modify portion sizes and use alternative sweeteners. Your high calorie cocktails will be easily low calorie delicious with a few minor substitutions.
The Mimosa and Buck’s Fizz drinks are breakfast and brunch staples, but thes cocktails make ideal evening refresher drinks. Bubbly drinks make Happy Hour even more festive. No one will know you are watching your waistline, but they will have their on your figure. You go girl!
Champagne contains approximately 19 calories per 1 ounce. Tropicana Trop50 Orange Juice contains 6 calories per 1 ounce. You can find these calorie counts and more on the Counting Calories chart found on this site.
Beach 75 Low Calorie Cocktail Recipe
Beach 75 – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
3 ounces Tropicana Trop50 Orange Juice
3 ounces Brut Champagne – chilled
Place Trop50 in chilled champagne flute. Top with chilled champagne. Stir briefly with stir stick.
Beach 75 is a happy medium combination recipe of the Mimosa and Buck’s Fizz classic champagne cocktails. This variation weighs in at 6 ounces, 75 calories. Full size cocktail, full flavor.