Welcome to 2015 friends!
Hope the clean up after your raging house party (or laid-back New Years Eve at a friend’s house if you’re now over 30 like me) isn’t too taxing. If you’re lucky this morning, you and your friends had perhaps slightly overestimated how much bubbly you would drink last night. Maybe an entire case for 6 people was slightly ambitious?
Have no fear, here’s 5 delicious ways to use those sparkling leftovers:
1. New Years’ Day Morning – Mimosas
Revel a bit too hard last night? Nothing better to kick off a great new year than a Mimosa and a long, lazy brunch.
There’s lots of ways to make a mimosa, but here’s a really great way: 4 oz brut sparkling wine / 2 oz fresh squeezed orange juice / splash of Grand Marnier / served in a Champagne flute. Your 2015 is off to a strong start.
2. New Years’ Day Afternoon – A Hemingway Classic
Alright, it’s 3 PM and you still can’t quite shake the cobwebs off from the night before. Take a page out of Ernest Hemingway’s playbook, and make yourself a Death in the Afternoon.
Rinse and dry your mimosa champagne flute. Pour 1 oz of Absinthe into the bottom of the flute, and top it with brut Champagne, and watch it turn milky white and opaque. Hemingway’s advice is to ‘drink three to five of these slowly’ but I’d recommend starting with one and taking it from there.
3. New Years’ Day Eve – Stay Classy
Feelin’ good again now that the sun has finally set, you’re ready for a cocktail that’s just straight class: the Kir Royale. Add a dollop of Crème de Cassis to a champagne flute, and top it up with Champagne (the ratio should be 1:9). Garnish with a lemon twist, and drink with your pinky extended and wearing a monocle (optional).
4. Mid-January Treat – Fries with that?
It’s January 17th, and your New Years’ Resolutions are all of a sudden feeling a bit short-sighted (read: IMPOSSIBLE). Good news is that January 17th happens to be Ditch New Years Resolutions Day!
Maybe you decided to give up on drinking for a few months? Maybe you wanted to cut out junk food? But, maybe there was one really great bottle of champagne you were saving for an occasion…make that occasion Jan 17th.
Try this: open a chilled bottle of quality brut rosé champagne (or anything else you’ve got that’s really good) and pair it with the best French fries you can find (whether you make them from scratch or pick them up from here). Prepare for your mind to be blown. The nervy acidity and minerality in the Champagne will cut through the greasy, salty goodness of the fries, and their lovely baked, starchy, savory notes will blend together and sing like a choir in your mouth. You will not regret breaking your resolutions just this once.
5. Valentine’s Day – Chocolate + Champagne
If somehow your leftovers last this long, pop some of this most romantic wine on this most romantic of days.
Err on the side of a sweeter sparkler for Valentine’s Day. Chocolate-covered strawberries, molten lava cake, and dark chocolate truffles will make a Brut Champagne taste like lemon seltzer water (FYI, this also happens with wedding cake, so brides and grooms beware).
Go with Sec (Dry), Demi-Sec, or Doux (Sweet) bubbly, or even a Moscato d’Asti, if you’re going to pair it up with a dessert or other sweet confections. Your Valentine with thank you.
Hopefully this guide gets you all the way through your leftover NYE bubbles. As you can probably tell by now, we’re big fans of sparkling wines at BCW, and we’re going to try to make one for you all in 2015. Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on our new releases and other fun stories from the wine world!
Happy 2015 to all!