20090114

California champagne cocktails for The Day

They're making it too easy for us drinks journalists.

I usually spend a lot of time searching for cocktail recipes to share with you; for example, in my monthly "What Will They Think of Next?" feature.

But with the imminent Presidential Inauguration, companies are scrambling over themselves to come up with special cocktail recipes for the occasion. I've already shared the wine lineup for an inaugural lunch menu ("California wines get presidential meal seal"), and one set of cocktails from Heaven Hill Distilleries ("Time for 'change, inaugural cocktail style".

Now, Korbel California Champagne is getting into the act with something in addition to a special inaugural bubbly it's supplying for the aforementioned luncheon. Here are a few inaugural-inspired champagne cocktails from Korbel.

STARS-AND-STRIPES

2 ounces Korbel Brut or Extra Dry
2 ounces Cranberry Juice

Pour Korbel into large champagne flute. Slowly stir in cranberry juice. Garnish with frozen cranberries.


PRESIDENTIAL PUNCH

3 ounces Korbel Brut or Extra Dry
2 ounces lemonade
1 ounce Blue CuraƧao

In a tall glass, pour Korbel. Add lemonade, blue curaƧao and ice.

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