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Tips on picking out the best bubbly for New Year’s Eve

December 9, 2011 - Carla Tracy

Are you prepared for New Year’s Eve? With Christmas right before the Big Night, it can be challenging. You not only have to pick out the right outfit, you must decide on which party to attend, and just as importantly, choosing the bubbly that you will toast with at midnight!

“Perrier-Jouët, one of the world’s leading champagne houses, is the essence of beauty and luxury, and in celebration of its 200th anniversary has launched Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Brut 2004,” states a press release I just received via email.

“The special Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque champagne bottles are ordained with an iconic floral design, dating back to 1902. Serving as a hostess gift or to complement any bouquet or centerpiece, Perrier-Jouët is the perfectly elegant choice for toasting to a new year! At $139 a bottle and $150 for the gift set, Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque is already a favorite among Kim Kardashian, Zoe Saldana, Hilary Duff, Eva Amurri and mom Susan Sarandon.”

Those on a budget will find an even a more affordable option.

“Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut at $45! Perrier-Jouët bottles and Gift Packs can be purchased at select local retailers.

In addition, below, please find two specialty cocktails to spice up the traditional champagne toast.

Perrier-Jouët Rose

¼ oz. Rose Water

1 sugar cube

3 dashes of fresh pomegranate juice

Directions: Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a Champagne flute. Saturate it with rose water. Carefully top off with Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque/Brut and add pomegranate juice. Garnish with dry baby rose buds.

Perrier-Jouët Fraise Sauvage

2 oz. Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque/Brut

1 ¼ oz. Vodka

¾ oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice

¼ oz. simple syrup

1 whole strawberry

Directions: In a bottom of a mixing glass muddle the strawberry into a purée. Add all ingredients except Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque. Add ice, cover and shake vigorously for 7-8 seconds. Pour Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque/Brut into a chilled cocktail-martini glass and pour the cocktail over it. Garnish with half a strawberry.


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