Practical Event Planning Guide
A Royal Wedding Cocktail Indeed – The Champagne Cocktail
After publishing the recipe last Saturday as “The April Signature Cocktail” a little research was done. The cocktail itself is served everywhere and has been done for almost 200 years but it requires a bit more looking at. Using the LCBO local published prices:
CUVEE RARE CHAMPAGNE NV (PIPER HEIDSIECK)
VINTAGES 643734 | 750 mL bottle
Price: $ 129.00
PIPER HEIDSIECK BRUT CHAMPAGNE
LCBO 462432 | 750 mL bottle
Price: $ 49.95
REMY MARTIN VSOP COGNAC
LCBO 4101 | 750 mL bottle
Price: $ 89.95
this cocktail can cost a bit.
My first taste was at the Chateau Lauier where 2 each with 1 appetizer and 1 dessert came to over $150.00 with tip. How decadent.
The recipe as shown Saturday is the version served at the Fairmont Monte Carlo in Monaco.
Using LCBO Ontario liquor prices the raw materials to mix this drink will be at least $12.00 at the low end to over $20.00. The Chateau Laurier lounge, Zoe’s in Ottawa is a bargain at only $20.00.
At home I have been mixing this cocktail using a domestic sparkling wine from Magnotta. An Ontario VQA wine Magnotta 2008 Brut at around $10.00 per bottle makes an excellent substitute. In my home version I am using the Remy Martin but would like to hear of anyone with experience using a lower cost brandy. This all keeps the cost of this delightful cocktail at a manageable level.