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Champagne cocktails with candied edible flowers

For a Christmas cocktail with a difference pop a candied edible flower into a flute and top up with Champagne. The bubbles will stream prettily around the petals, and it makes a nice change from a cherry or a strawberry.

To make the candies it couldn’t be simpler. Either purchase edible flowers – plenty of stores have them these days – or pick your own, just make sure they haven’t been sprayed with pesticide. Try rose petals (good for the Christmasy look), snapdragons, honeysuckle or pansies, simply dunk your choice of flora into a cooled sugar syrup and leave to dry on wax paper.

Top up your glass with one of our favourite Franschhoek or French bubblies.

If you’d rather not go through the effort (you do after all have a turkey/duck/chicken/cow to roast), grab a jar of Wild Hibiscus: pre-made edible hibiscus flowers in syrup.

Hibiscus in champagne

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Cocktails, Franschhoek, French Champagnes, recipes,
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Festive French Fizz

On Friday we brought you Festive fizz from Franschhoek, and today we’ll bring you our favourite French Champagnes to toast in Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
See 2013 through rosé tinted glasses – filled with Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier of course! Expect intense fruit forward flavours – ‘plunge into a basket of freshly picked red berries: strawberries, morello cherries, black currants and raspberries.’ http://www.laurentperrierus.com/cuveerose/index.htm
We love famous Champagne house, Taittinger. Our festive choice of bubbly would have to be the classic, Brut Réserve a chardonnay, pinot noir and  pinot meunier blend, the Champagne is everything one should be, elegant yet wickedly creamy. http://www.taittinger.fr/
See in the New Year like a king, or queen, with the Pommery Brut Royal. This Champagne is vivacious with toasty structure, and is redolent of pears and green apple acidity.
And of course, what celebration would be complete without Moët & Chandon? For a Christmas bubbly with a difference try the Moët Ice Impérial, perfect for our Southern Hemisphere Christmas as it’s been created to be enjoyed over ice.

On Friday we brought you Festive fizz from Franschhoek, and today we bring you our favourite festive French Champagnes to toast in Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

See 2013 through rosé tinted glasses – filled with Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier of course! Expect intense fruit forward flavours – ‘plunge into a basket of freshly picked red berries: strawberries, morello cherries, black currants and raspberries.’

We love famous Champagne house, Taittinger. Our festive choice of bubbly would have to be the classic, Brut Réserve a chardonnay, pinot noir and  pinot meunier blend, the Champagne is everything one should be, elegant yet wickedly creamy.

See in the New Year like a king, or queen, with the Pommery Brut Royal. This Champagne is vivacious with toasty structure, and is redolent of pears and green apple acidity.

And of course, what celebration would be complete without Moët & Chandon? For a Christmas bubbly with a difference try the Moët Ice Impérial, perfect for our Southern Hemisphere Christmas as it’s been created to be enjoyed over ice.

moet ice imperial
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: French Champagnes, Holidays,
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