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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lager Library: 101 Champagne Cocktails

In paging through 101 Champagne Cocktails by Kim Haasarud you might get the idea that drinking sparkling wine on its own is a foolish concept.

Haasarud is known as the Liquid Chef and has a series of the "101 Cocktails" books out, including ones covering Margaritas, Martinis and Sangritas and Pitcher Drinks. This 128 page offering (Wiley, $16.95) has a range of recipes that go from the simple to the advanced.

If you enjoy entertaining and think that Champagne cocktails start and end with the Mimosa (Haasarud actually gives three Mimosa recipes), you owe it to yourself to pick up this book. The range of Bellini recipes is quite inspiring and will likely cause you to want to host a brunch fairly soon to try one of them out on guests.

Here's a sample of one of the recipes:

Bellini Tropicale

1 ounce Mango Puree
1 ounce Pineapple Juice
0.5 ounce Peach Liqueur
4 ounces Champagne

Combine all of the ingredients except for the Champagne in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Add the Champagne and stir. Strain into a chilled flute. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

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