February 12th, 2009 |

Champagne Cocktails

As far as I am concerned, there is no better drink than a glass of bubbly!  What could be better, you ask?  Let’s try a Raspberry Champagne Cocktail….and it’s pink!…just in time for Valentine’s Day!

champagne-cocktails Ingredients

2 1/2-pint baskets fresh raspberries

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons raspberry liqueur

1/4 cup cognac or other brandy

8 sugar cubes

1 750-ml bottled chilled brut champagne

Fresh raspberries

Lemon peel strips

Directions

Combine 2 baskets raspberries and 2 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl. Mash berries lightly with fork. Let stand 15 minutes.

Mix in liqueur and brandy. Pour into jar. Cover and let stand in dark cupboard 3 days. Strain raspberry mixture, pressing on solids with spoon

to extract as much liquid as possible. (Can be made 1 month ahead. Cover; chill.)

Place 1 sugar cube in each of eight 6-ounce champagne flutes. Pour 2 tablespoons raspberry mixture over each sugar cube.

Pour champagne over to fill glasses. Garnish each with raspberries and lemon peel.

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