The Institute of Culinary Education is one of the largest culinary schools in the world, offering both professional and recreational programs in New York City. Here, Anthony Caporale, Director of Beverage Studies and instructor in their School of Culinary & Restaurant Management, shares three delicious ways to enjoy champagne on New Year’s Eve and all year long with PEOPLE.
No New Year’s celebration is complete without good friends and great (bubbly) cocktails. That’s why I love serving these three Champagne-based drinks for my celebrations: the classic Champagne Cocktail, a French 75 and a Rosemary-Infused Pomegranate Sparkler.
Before you get the party started though, make sure to keep my Champagne cocktail making tips in mind:
– Never shake a drink that contains Champagne or any carbonated beverage, as the mixing glass may explode out of the cocktail shaker.
– Pour Champagne down the side of the glass to decrease the amount of head (bubbles); pour it into the center of the glass to increase the amount of head.
– Liquids lose carbonation as they warm up, so keep your Champagne bottle on ice after opening it to help maintain the bubbles.
Check out the recipes for each below and watch the video to learn how to prepare each one — then put a few bottles of bub on ice and watch your party go from festive to fantastic.
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The Champagne Cocktail
1 sugar cube
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Strawberry or lemon
1. Place a sugar cube into a Champagne coupe.
2. Add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters to the sugar cube.
3. Fill glass with Champagne.
4. Garnish with a sliced strawberry or lemon twist.
1 oz. gin
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lemon juice (or, juice of 1 lemon)
1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Add gin, simple syrup and lemon juice, and shake.
3. Pour mixture into a champagne flute.
4. Top with Champagne.
5. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
Rosemary-Infused Pomegranate Sparkler
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups boiling hot water
1 bunch fresh rosemary
1 oz. pomegranate juice
1. Add sugar and water together in a pitcher.
2. Add rosemary and stir; allow to infuse for one hour.
3. To a glass, add pomegranate juice and 1 ounce of the rosemary-infused simple syrup.
4. Top with Champagne.
5. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.
Want to learn to mix cocktails like a pro? Check out ICE’s wine and beverage programs.