‘Tis the season for fried food. Here we are, in the middle of Hanukkah, where all things fried in oil are a delight. (Ok, MOST things fried in oil are a delight.) The problem with matching an alcoholic beverage with oily foods is that you don’t want to add any sort of heaviness to the meal. (It’s already heavy enough!) What I have found, however, is that fizzy beverages tend to cut the fattiness of the food. Naturally, my favorite fizzy beverage is Champagne. But what to make that is great for this holiday….a riff on the classic Champagne cocktail!
The classic Champagne cocktail contains a bitters-soaked sugar cube with some cognac, and topped with champagne. I opted to do something a little different to reflect my tastes a bit more. I love beautiful colors, and fruity flavors in my cocktails, so here’s my version of a Champagne cocktail, just in time for Hanukkah. Here’s what I used:
- 1 part vodka
- ½ part Blue Curacao
- 2 parts Champagne
- Maraschino cherry
- Add the vodka and Curacao to a champagne flute, top with champagne, and add a cherry (or more than one cherry) to garnish. If I didn't want to keep the blue color, I'd have added a little of the cherry juice. Given blue and white are classic colors for Hanukkah, I kept the drink as blue as possible.
That’s it! Quick, easy, and festive. This definitely goes down a lot easier than Lipitor with your latkes. Happy Hanukkah!