December 31, 2013

Spicy & Sparkling New Year! {Ginger Champagne Cocktails}

New Years' Eve Sparkling Cocktail!
In culinary language, sparkling wine defines celebration and spices liven things up. So it makes sense that combining the two ingredients would create an exciting New Years' Eve cocktail! I used to believe that adding anything to Champagne was sacrilegious, a way to ruin the perfect beverage. However, I recently discovered a Champagne cocktail that changed my mind.

I came across David Lebovitz' recipe for a pineapple-ginger sparkling cocktail based on a pre-Prohibition-era drink known as the "Prince of Wales." In honor of the royal baby George who was born in 2013, I'm naming my version of this celebratory cocktail the "Baby George." This style of beverage was originally served at a New York City bar called The Beagle. Spicy and invigorating, the cocktail combines champagne, lime juice and ginger with the sweetness of pineapple—for just the right balance of flavors.

"Baby George" Champagne Cocktail 
based on a David Lebovitz recipe
Serves 2

5 tablespoons of pineapple juice
1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice
1 ounce of bourbon whiskey
5 ounces of Champagne or sparkling wine

Grate the ginger and combine with the pineapple juice and lime juice. Mix well and then strain the mixture through a sieve—using a spoon, press the grated ginger on the sieve to squeeze out as much of the ginger juice as possible.

I adapted David Lebovitz' recipe, adjusting the ingredients and eliminating a few of the difficult steps. I used pineapple juice instead of fresh pineapple and grated the ginger rather than trying to muddle it. Also I replaced the rye whiskey with Bourbon whiskey because I like the flavor better! The result are surprisingly wonderful. I highly recommend this cocktail for New Years or any festive occasion!

"Baby George" Champagne Cocktails—a new take on the "Prince of Wales"!

Happy New Year!!! Here's to a wonderful 2014!

Copyright © 2013, Lisa Alexander. All rights reserved. 


Unknown said...

I sampled Lisa's concoction and it was delicious. Girly yet with an edge...just like me! ha! I hope Lisa will post about the delicious gingerbread she served with her Prince of Wales. And maybe come up with a suitable name for her version. Maybe the Edward VIII - or the V&A.

Miss Patisserie said...

Thanks for your feedback! Maybe I should rename the cocktail the "Prince George" after the royal baby born in 2013. What do you think?