Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Morning Champagne Cocktail

Christmas Morning Champagne Cocktail

Something fun and festive for Christmas morning. For a non-alcoholic alternative, make Shirley Temples, substituting maraschino cherry juice for the Grand Marnier and Ginger Ale or 7UP for the champagne.

fresh cherries
Grand Marnier

On the night before Christmas, gently crush enough ripe, fresh cherries to have one cherry for each glass. Place the cherries in a small bowl and add a shot of Grand Marnier for each cherry. Cover the bowl and leave in the fridge overnight, simultaneously chilling enough bottles of champagne or sparkling wine to serve a glass for everybody around the tree.

In the morning, put one cherry and a teaspoon of Grand Marnier in the bottom of each glass. Top with the chilled bubbly.

A Note From The Little Lady: For some added festive color, we sometimes use a Rose Champagne.

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