HOW to toast the new year? Perhaps some Champagne. Or maybe a cocktail. Then again, why choose when you can have them both in one glass?
Most people think nothing of popping a bottle of Champagne on New Year’s Eve. Yet after that first celebratory glass, few consider taking an extra step and using the wine as the foundation for a cocktail or two.
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1 lemon wheel
2 strawberries, halved
5 ounces Champagne
1. Pour syrup into wine glass, then gently muddle lemon wheel and one strawberry in bottom.
2. Fill glass halfway with crushed ice and add Champagne. Top off with more crushed ice and garnish with strawberry half.
Yield: 1 drink
Note: To make simple syrup, warm 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water in a saucepan over low heat until dissolved. Cool to room temperature before using. (There will be extra syrup; refrigerate if not using immediately.)