Whilst lamenting on the demise of the Christmas Party with my colleagues, I was asked to put together a list of my favourite cocktails to enjoy at home as we slip into winter in the UK. Here’s a small list of cocktails that can — and should — be imbibed with joy, laughter and great company; be it through the medium of Zoom or household support bubble.
The Champagne Cocktail
Speaking of bubbles, any great party should start with champagne. If you hand someone a glass of something bubbly, they’re going to have a good time — but a glass of champagne isn’t a cocktail. There is, however, a great way to make it one. Add two dashes of Angostura Bitters onto a sugar cube and drop it into champagne flute. Add a splash of cognac and muddle to dissolve the sugar, followed by gently topping up with champagne. Standard garnish is an orange slice and maraschino cherry. This champagne cocktail will eliminate any of the preconceived ideas, that a champagne cocktail is only associated with a 'hen do'.
An all-time classic, it features on the International Bartenders Association “Official Cocktail” list, so I may get in trouble for proposing this radical change – but leave out the sugar cube. Cognac is sweet enough and we are probably eating too much sugar as it is.