Mike Casey

Mimosas are so 2016

Mike Casey
Mimosas are so 2016

It's time to kick off the New Year with a bang! Here are 5 champagne cocktail recipes to power up any brunch and chase that hangover away (or delay it). These great concoctions will be a crowd pleaser whether enjoying close to noon or midnight.

  

Champagne Palomas

This recipe gives your Paloma a punch with an addition of bubbles. The citrus and tequila make it a bright flavor choice and can be made in a pitcher to serve multiple people. 

   (  Photo: Mike Casey, The 29 Napa  )

 (Photo: Mike Casey, The 29 Napa)


Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • 1/2 cup orange liquor
  • 1/2 fresh grapefruit juice
  • Grapefruit wedges
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

1) Combine champagne, tequila, orange liquor, and grapefruit juice in a large pitcher.  Stir gently

2) Combine sugar and coarse salt in shallow dish. Run grapefruit wedge around the champagne flute rim and dip each rim in the dish.

3) Divide mixture into flutes and garnish with citrus.

 

Purple Pop

This recipe creates stunning looking cocktail with a nice floral fruity taste.

   (  Photo: Mike Casey, The 29 Napa  )

 (Photo: Mike Casey, The 29 Napa)


 

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Violette liquor
  • 4 dashes cherry bitters
  •  Lemon twist
  • Dry champagne

Pour liquor into chilled flute, add lemon zest, fill with champagne, and top with bitters. 

 

Ginger Apple Fizz

The flavors in this recipe are on the dry side infused with holiday spice.

   (  Photo: Mike Casey, The 29 Napa  )

 (Photo: Mike Casey, The 29 Napa)


Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. ginger liquor
  • 1 ½ oz. hard apple cider
  • 1 or 2 star anise

Pour ginger liquor and apple cider into a chilled glass.  Top with champagne and garnish with star anise.

 

No Mistake Negroni

The flavors in this classic cocktail are simple yet complex unlike 2016. Can be served up or on a rock.

   (  Photo: Mike Casey, The 29 Napa  )

 (Photo: Mike Casey, The 29 Napa)

 


Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. Cocchi Americano
  • 1 oz. champagne

Pour equal parts into a glass with a single cube.  Garnish with orange peel.

 

Saint Pom

Nothing holy here but this recipe does some good by offering antioxidants from the pomegranate - a welcome friend when indulging.

   (  Photo: Mike Casey, The 29 Napa  )

 (Photo: Mike Casey, The 29 Napa)

 


Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon pomegranate seeds
  • 1 oz. St. Germaine
  • Top with champagne

Pour St Germaine into a flute, top with champagne, garnish with pomegranate.

Hope these cocktails being you joy and good tidings all through 2017! 

- Brent Pennington, The 29 Napa