Nothing says Summer in this country quite like a champagne cocktail? Think of Wimbledon, Ascot and Henley Regatta all celebrated by the hoi polloi with a glass of champers in hand.
When Rose & Grey Interiors challenged me to style some of their vintage inspired cocktail glasses, my first choice was their beautiful, elegant, 50’s inspired Champagne glasses, which come in a lovely gift set, complete with pretty coasters, matching straws and cocktail umbrellas and kitsch retro cocktail stirrers. Kushti!
As myself and Mr B both celebrated big birthdays over the last 12 months, we still have a selection of Champagne to drink, hard to believe but true, and eager to experiment with cocktail making in readiness for our Silver wedding celebration in September, again hard to believe, but true, I mixed, stirred and shook together some Cranberry and pomegranate Champagne cocktails for us to test, all in the name of research you understand?
1/3 glass pomegranate juice
dash of cointreau
2/3 glass of champagne
garnish with pomegranate seeds
Glasses & Jam jar vase from Rose & Grey
Other lovely summery cocktails which I love are:
Created in 1930’s Venice in Harry’s Bar and named after Italian Renaissance painter, Giovanni Bellini, and of course immortalized by the Sex and The City girls!
Champagne or prosecco poured over ice
garnished with a raspberry
Invented in Florence in 1919, this is apparently the cocktail choice of the year.
Campari (all over ice)
Garnished with slices of orange
Last week my best friend and myself had a girlie weekend in London as we were attending the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition at The V&A. After a long day in London, the perfect place to unwind was our hotel bar, The Malbar at Malmaison where we treated ourselves to a couple of cocktails. Lesley, being a lady of high standards and good taste, had the Old Cuban Malbar, a Champagne cocktail, of course. If you fancy making one yourself, here is the Malmaisons recipe.
If you’re partial to a cocktail or two then why not register for London Cocktail Week? The event costs £10 for your wristband which then enables you to visit all of the participating bars and sample cocktails for £4 a pop! Details can be found here. Sounds like another excuse for a few days in London to me?