Solar Eclipse Details
- Monday, August 21, 2017
- 2:30PM EST
- Leo at 28 degrees 53 minutes
This is the first time since 1776 that a Solar Eclipse has its path contained in the contiguous United States. So we all have great reason to lift a glass and make a toast to this event, a.k.a., “The Great American Eclipse”, very appropriately named. But, of course, what’s in the sky is for all of us here on Earth, so whether you’re an American or not it’s still an awesome event.
Below I have gathered together a number of great recipes for making champagne cocktails. Some of them are super-easy so there’s no experience necessary. Others are a little more involved, but, still not terribly complicated.
Be sure to write down what you’d like to start during this special time. Here is where you really need to know what’s in your Natal Chart. Don’t have one? Here’s a free calculator that’s very good – Cafe Astrology Free Natal Chart Report.
Once you find Leo in your Natal Chart, also look for what house it’s placed. In the Cafe Astrology report, you need to scroll down and read the details, that’s where you’ll find the house placements.
Look at what that house represents. Focus your intentions for fresh starts in those areas. Here’s the link for Astrology Houses I like, which is also at Cafe Astrology.
- When making champagne cocktails, you don’t need to use expensive French Champagne, except maybe with the last two recipes listed here. Cheaper alternatives like Cava, Sekt, Prosecco or California sparkling wine are excellent choices.
- Pour the mixers first, then add the Champagne slowly to avoid a fizzy overflow. These drinks don’t need to be stirred.
- Toss in fresh or frozen raspberries, strawberries or cranberries to add an especially classy and festive touch.
*I starred the ones I personally like.
Make It Easy
No muss. No fuss. No great expense either.
To prepare this brunch classic, mix a 1:5 ratio of freshly squeezed orange juice to Champagne, plus a splash of triple sec.
Not to be confused with the Kir, which uses white wine, the Kir Royale is a dash of crème de cassis (currant syrup), topped off with Champagne.
Invented at Harry’s Bar in Venice, the Bellini is Champagne mixed with peach purée. Though best when made from ripe peaches, you can also use crème de peche (peach syrup), in a ratio of about 1:4 syrup to prosecco.
This one’s simple — and uniquely delicious. Use a 1:1 ratio of black Irish stout, such as Guiness, to Champagne. This one definitely has more masculine appeal, so the man in your life may just love it!
Cranberry Champagne Cocktails*
In a chilled Champagne flute add cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime. Top off the glass with Champagne. Garnish with 3 or 4 cranberries and sliced Granny Smith apples.
This drink is traditionally made from absinthe, in a 0.5:5 ratio to Champagne. Try substituting pastis or another anise-flavored liqueur if you don’t have absinthe.
Long Stem Red Rose (Great for Mother’s Day or Her Birthday)
Add classy sparkle to your Mother’s Day, and make the Red Rose. Use a 1:4 ratio of triple sec to Champagne, with a splash of cranberry juice added for a lovely red-rose hue.
This makes a great party drink. It’s a 5:1 ratio of Champagne to tawny port.
Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktails
Rosé champagne is topped with fresh cotton candy for a beautiful cocktail perfect for a garden party, wedding, or any other special event. The cotton candy will dissolve when it hits the champagne, creating a sweet champagne cocktail.
Make It Special
These Champagne cocktails, for the more serious hostess, involve a few more steps and probably a more expensive brand of bubbly.
Classic Champagne Cocktail
Soak a sugar cube in bitters, drop it into a flute; fill the flute with Champagne and garnish with a twist of lemon. (My favorite of all time)
People disagree on the exact recipe, but here’s the classic: a splash of simple syrup, a bigger splash of lemon juice, an even bigger splash (about an ounce) of gin, topped off with a glassful of Champagne.