What better way to start off the new year than to indulge in an ethical toast, including organic champagne. For New Year’s Eve, we have put together a special little cocktail entitled French Kiss. Not only does it include the New Year’s standard of champagne, but it is titled after the ceremoniously New Year’s kiss. Tonight while you are ringing in the new year, use this recipe to make sure your New Year starts off on an ethical note. On behalf of all of us at AP, we wish you a very Happy New Year!!
1 oz Lillet
4 oz Champagne
Orange twist for garnish
Pour Lillet into a champagne flute and slowly add champagne. Twist orange peel over drink and drop in.
Lillet is a French aperitif from Bordeaux that is similar to a cognac, but not as strong. It is a blend of 85% aged wine and citrus liqueurs made from a variety of oranges. An aperitif is a before dinner drink that is supposed to stimulate the appetite. It needs to be served chilled or over ice (if not in this drink). So far there are no certified organic Lillets to our knowledge, however hopefully the market will contain some soon! If you know of a brand or company, please share with us in the comments.
Organic Champagne: There are several different organic champagnes on the market. In fact, Planet Green recommends a couple, however make sure you do not use rose champagne for this particular cocktail. There are also a few biodynamic brands that are carried at mainstream markets such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, however, you should always check at your local store or Co-op first.
Organic Oranges: Organic oranges can be found at most markets, including Natural Food Stores and Co-ops. Just be sure to read the label and be sure they are certified organic.