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Chef Donna shows off New Year’s champagne cocktails

Recipes for a Sparkling New Year!

Cocktails featuring Veuve Clicquot Champagne and

Grand Marnier Signature Collection No. 2 – Raspberry Peach

 

In 1772, Philippe Clicquot-Muiron established the company that would become the famed Veuve Clicquot.  In 1805 Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin became the widow (veuve is widow in French) François, son of Philippe and took control of a company; she became the first woman to take over a Champagne house.  Over 240 years later, the house that the Veuve Clicquot built is synonymous with excellent quality.  Since 1987 the Veuve Clicquot company has been part of the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy group of luxury brands, and today owns a controlling interest in New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay Vineyards.  Add to that, the Grand Marnier Signature Collection No. 2 Raspberry Peach from the House of Marnier Lapostolle and its unique fusion of fresh fruit and exotic orange essence, blended with premium Cognac, and you’ve got the making for fantastic celebration.

The second in Grand Marnier’s annual Signature Collection, Raspberry Peach combines the natural flavors of succulent European raspberries and rare red peaches from Ardèche, in the South of France, with world-renowned Grand Marnier, made from our exceptionally smooth Cognac and wild tropical Haitian oranges.  The result, an alluring and mixable spirit that is enjoyable on the rocks and in delicious cocktails.

Recipe:  Black Velvet Champagne Cocktail

Not really a “cocktail” but an intriguing combination of tastes and flavors.  Great for the beer-lover who wants to join in all the festivities.

Ingredients

Guinness stout, chilled

Champagne or other dry sparkling wine, chilled

Procedure

Take a white wine glass and fill halfway with Champagne by carefully pouring the champagne down the side of the glass.  Carefully pour the Guinness down the side of the glass – and go slow to avoid mounds of foam – filling the glass two-thirds full.  Give a very gentle stir to combine textures and flavors.

Recipe:  Champagne Dessert Float

Serves 6

Ingredients

Frozen Peaches Chopped

Fresh Raspberries

Grand Marnier Signature Collection No. 2 Raspberry Peach

1 tablespoon sugar

6 shortbreads (easily made from a box biscuit mix)

Fresh whipped cream, optional

Vanilla ice cream, optional

Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne

Additional Grand Marnier Signature Collection No. 2 Raspberry Peach

Preparation

Combine the peaches and raspberries in a small container.  Pour Grand Marnier Signature Collection No. 2 over the fruit and sprinkle sugar over.  Cover and let macerate in the refrigerator at least 1 hour or as long as overnight.

For Shortbreads.  Place split shortbread in a dessert bowl (optional, brush some of the Grand Marnier Signature Collection No. 2 over the shortbread).  Mound the macerated fruit onto the short bread, add whipped cream or ice cream (or both) and top with the other half of shortbread.  Spoon Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne over the shortbread and fruit.

Recipe: Winter Sangria with Sparkles

Ingredients

For the Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup

Zest of 2 meyer lemons and juice

½ cup water

½ cup sugar

 

For Sangria

½ cup vodka

2 pears peeled, seeded, diced

2 kiwis, peeled, halved and sliced

½ cup meyer lemon simple syrup

Veuve Clicquot Champagne (Brut)

Preparation

Prepare the simple syrup.  Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium low heat.  Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar.  Boil for about 2 minutes and remove from heat. Cool.

Prepare cocktail.  In a large glass combine vodka and some fruit.  Muddle with back of spoon and let infuse about 15 minutes.  Strain into an ice filled glass and add 1 tablespoon of the simple syrup.  Shake until froth and well chilled.  Pour into a cocktail glass; top off with a generous pour of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

Recipes from Grand Marnier:

Grand Monaco

1 1⁄2 oz. Grand Marnier® Raspberry Peach

3 ½ oz. Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne

Preparation

Pour the Grand Marnier® Raspberry Peach into a champagne flute.  Top off with Veuve Clicquot.  Enjoy responsibly.

 

GRAND RASPBERRY PEACH MOJITO

2 oz. Grand Marnier® Raspberry Peach

Handful mint leaves

5 fresh raspberries

3⁄4 oz. fresh lime juice

3⁄4 oz. simple syrup

Club soda Or Veuve Clicquot Champagne

Preparation

Muddle mint and raspberries; add all remaining ingredients except for bubbles. Fill with ice, shake well, strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and top with bubbles of choice.  Garnish with a sprig of mint.

GRAND RASPBERRY PEACH COBBLER

1 1⁄2 oz. Grand Marnier® Raspberry Peach

1 1⁄2 oz. Manzanilla Sherry

1⁄2 oz. cinnamon syrup

1 vanilla bean

10 fresh raspberries

Preparation

In a shaker, combine all ingredients. Fill with ice, shake well and strain into a Collins glass filled with

ice. Garnish with a peach slice and a raspberry.

GRAND RASPBERRY PEACH JOLLY RANCHER

1 1⁄2 oz. Grand Marnier® Raspberry Peach

1 oz. peach liqueur

Splash of cranberry juice

Preparation

In a shaker, combine all ingredients. Fill with ice, shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a peach slice and a raspberry.

For more information on these and other recipes, visit Chef Donna’s website.

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