Simple, elegant and sophisticated, the classic Champagne cocktail is a cinch to make: add a few drops of Angostura bitters to a sugar cube, pop it into a Champagne flute, add 30ml brandy and top with Champagne. Easy, right? But, this being 52 Cocktails, we just had to adulterate the recipe, partly out of curiosity and partly because we’re tight-arsed and there is no way we’re going to use actual Champagne in a cocktail unless someone else is paying. And so, here you can see what look like a pair of classic Champagne cocktails (though you’d be forgiven for thinking the one on the right is a Berocca in a glass of apple juice), but they’re actually a couple of Millionaire’s Moscatos. Here’s how to make em.
MILLIONAIRE’S MOSCATO 1
This is the one on the right hand side of the picture. It’s got a slightly medicinal taste and would be most at home in a 1950’s style cigar-smoke-filled men’s club.
MILLIONAIRE’S MOSCATO 2
Obviously this is the one on the left side of the picture. It’s sweet and fruity and easy to drink. It’s a great way to kick off a party. Speaking of which, it’s New Year’s Eve – happy 2016, and thanks for reading these posts throughout the year. May your new year bring you happiness, cocktails aplenty and a new liver. Now, where was I? Oh yes. The method for making these two cocktails is the same, it’s only the ingredients that differ. Try them both and have a very happy New Year indeed.
INGREDIENTS – MILLIONAIRE’S MOSCATO 1
Angostura Bitters – original
Chilled Moscato (go ahead and use Champagne if you’d rather…and send a case our way, too!)
INGREDIENTS – MILLIONAIRE’S MOSCATO 2
Angostura Orange Bitters
30ml apricot brandy
Add about 10 drops of bitters to the sugar cube. Drop it into the glass. Add the brandy and top up with Moscato.
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
As easy as toasting your fellow cocktail drinkers on NYE – cheers!
We can’t really take credit for the bastardised recipe that is the Millionaire’s Moscato 1 – but we’ll happily claim we invented the Millionaire’s Moscato 2.