Sunday Funday: The Golden Globes, or Another Excuse for Mixing Booze and Bubbly

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Tonight marks the celebration of the best 2013 had to offer in terms of film and television: the 71st Golden Globes!  Unlike the formality of the Oscars, the Golden Globes is a boisterous party filled with drunken actors, producers, directors, and other cast members.  So what type of drinks are good for the occasion?  How about continuing what we left off on New Years and keep on mixing spirits with bubbly in these two great cocktails!

The Negroni SbagliatoThe Negroni Sbagliato
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Red Vermouth
  • 1 oz Sparkling Wine
  • (optional) garnish with an orange wheel

Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour in the Campari, vermouth and sparkling wine. Gently stir until mixed.  Garnish with an orange wheel and serve.  The name of this drink translates from the Italian to “the bungled negroni” and it gets its name from substituting the sparkling wine in for the original gin in a classic negroni.  Despite the name, there is absolutely nothing inferior about this cocktail and it magnificently blends the pungent bitterness from the Campari with the subtle sweetness of the sparkling wine into a masterpiece.  Sure to please even the most discerning drinker, it is a drink best sipped slowly and savored right up until you make yourself another one.

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The Classic BarbotageThe Classic Barbotage
  • 1/2 oz Cognac (or other Brandy)
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur)
  • 4 oz Sparkling Wine
  • garnish with an orange twist

Pour the cognac and orange liqueur into the bottom of a champagne flute.  Swirl or stir till mixed,  then top off with chilled sparkling wine.  Garnish with an orange twist and serve.  This drink was created in France and like many cocktails from the 1800s, was first developed as a cure.  A rather useful cure in fact as it is targeted to cure the common hangover.  In fact the cocktail’s name means either “bubbly” or “spinal anesthesia.”  The best part of this cocktail however isn’t its curing abilities, but rather it’s flavor – subtle orange notes with the strength of cognac and the lightness of champagne.  It is a drink which is perfect for toasts and equally enjoyable whether sipped or downed quickly.  If you have one, you are bound to have another, so you better get started on that first one!

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Nick McAfee
Nick McAfee is a student of Princeton University and is passionate about mixology. As a student with a low monthly income, he has developed ways to create simple cocktails with complex flavors from inexpensive ingredients. Learn more about Nick and Broke & Thirsty.
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