and other beverages
with the queen of toasting beverages
the result of a mistake back in the 1700s when Monk Don Perignon
discovered some bubles in the wine that were created by an error in
processing. He tried to remove them and in that process developed
methods of blending and clarifying the beverage. It soon became the
drink the French aristocracy used for special occasions.
only beverages that can legitimately be called Champagne are
from the Champagne region of France. Bubbling alcoholic beverages from
California or other places should be called sparkling wines.
to serve Champagne
preferred glass is called a flute and is deep
and narrow like those in the photo on the left.
recommend against serving Champagne in wide-rimmed glasses as that will
cause the bubbles to dissapate more quickly. However, traditional
toasting glasses at weddings are often shallow with wide rims as is the
case with the glass pictured to the right.
When the toast is given
your glass in response to the toast. It is also traditional for those
near each other to clink their glasses before taking a sip of
Champagne. Don't finish off your drink with one toast until
are sure that no others will follow.
we clink glasses
There is an interesting history
behind the tradition of clinking glasses. The Cliff Notes version is
that we clink glasses before taking a slip to ward off evil
spirits and signify that we trust the person who poured the wine.
much will you need?
average champagne bottle (.75 liter) pours about six
How to give
champaign a special touch:
The 1.5 liter bottle will fill
The 3 liter bottle will fill 24 glasses.
Add a sugar
cube and dash of bitters for a traditional cocktail.
Add orange juice for a mimosa.
Add a shot of creme de menthe for an Irish-green drink.
Add passion fruit or peach nectar for a champagne cocktail.
Add peach juice or nectar for a Bellini.
Add berries or a cherry for a splash of color.
choices for toasting:
Water or any other beverage.