WINSTON CHURCHILL COCKTAIL
When crowds gather to celebrate the holiday season a festive drink gets the party started. Look at history for inspiration. Winston Churchill fondly noted, "A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced: the imagination is agreeably stirred." Just the kind of mood setting called for to raise spirits and enjoy the company of family and new friend, and old. Churchill's drink of choice, Pol Roger champagne needs little enhancement. A wee bit of Aperol, a festive cranberry garnish, and a splash of sparkling water create a perfect bubbling conversation companion.
Any champagne, so long as it is Brut, may be substituted. Use either fresh or frozen cranberries. Aperol is a pale red Italian apéritif made of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, among other ingredients.
Aperol--a bright red Italian aperitif with ginger, citrus and rhubarb undertones
1 bottle Pol Roger Champagne
1 cup cranberries
Pellegrino sparkling water
1. Drop 3 cranberries into each champagne flute.
2. Add 1 1/2 ounces of Aperol.
3. Add 4 ounces of champagne.
4. Top off flute with sparkling water.