Monday, November 27, 2006

Bitters tasting in a Champagne cocktail

Occasionally I do take a break from rum drinks. Who can blame me?

I happen to have a opened bottle of champagne (ok, technically cava) in the fridge, so I have been trying champagne cocktails with the various bitters I have. No pictures, since one champagne cocktail looks pretty much like the rest--a flute with a half-dissolved sugar cube at the bottom. But bitters does make the difference. (If you don't know how to make one, it's simple: put a few dashes of bitters on a sugar cube, drop into the bottom of a flute. Fill with champagne and enjoy.)

Angostura: the classic, and so far still the best. Balanced herbal aromatic notes that go well with a dry bubbly.

Fee's peach: I thought this might be reminiscent of a Bellini, but not as sweet. It was, sort of, but not in the way I expected. The flavor and aroma is a bit artificial, rather as if peach perfume were added to the drink.

Trader Joe's blood orange: Tasty, adds some color and a bit of tartness. It's not as bitter or herbal as the others.

Regan's orange: complex, and a good contender against Angostura.

Fee's lemon: Really, this is more loosely based around lemon oil and other herbals than "lemon", so don't expect this to be sour, or even the equivalent of a lemon twist. And there are other notes in there too that combined with the bubbly produced a distinct "turkey stuffing" flavor. Was is celery? I don't know, but it was pretty weird to take a champagne drink and think, "Mmmm, turkey." Not completely unpleasant, but very strange. This is definitely a bitters for more savory drinks. Might be good in a bloody mary.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've found that the different types of sparkling wine (champagne, cava, prosecco, etc.) do perform differently with different types of bitters. Also, you really should try Peychaud's. It's killer in a prosecco cocktail.


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Blogger javieth said...

I prefer to drink champagne in a speciall time like when i go out with my boyfriend or when i have an important meeting with my partners. I think this drink is very delicous!!!!
This is the reason why i was interesting to read this wonderful blog. Actually my boyfriend is decided to buy viagra and we going to drink a good champagne this night of course.

10:45 PM  
Blogger katty said...

I had a meeting days ago with my partners in costa rica investment opportunities and we drank a great champagne, the taste was really delicious and the dinner, oh my god delicous too.

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