For brunch, the wines we drink are typically sparkling. The bubbles make them seem lighter, and are perfect with breakfast foods. Plus, you don’t feel so guilty drinking alcohol, somehow, if it’s sparkling. That is, until you drink one too many all-you-can-drink champagne cocktails at Paradou in the Meatpacking district. Not that it’s ever happened to say, me and my cousin Karen…Anyway, for this brunch, Christina and I went with Veuve Clicquot.

I love Veuve Clicquot. It is one of the oldest champagne houses in the world that’s still around. And in its early days, it was woman-run. Seriously. Veuve means widow in French, and Widow Clicquot actually took over after her husband died. She is credited with coming up with a process to consistently degorge bottles of wine. (Degorging is removing the dead yeast from bottles of champagne, after they leave their poop, which creates bubbles.) Degorging consistently meant that champagne could be mass produced reliably, and with less labor. Recently there was an 100-year-old shipwreck between Sweden and Finland and several bottles of Veuve Clicquot were found. They were still drinkable, and bubbly! Now you know that’s some good stuff.

The proper way to open a bottle of champagne is to first unscrew the metal cage. Then grab a towel. Place the bottle on your hip, and ease the cork out, a little bit at a time. No Snoop Dog “Gin and Juice” video. No need to spill the champagne all over the place. Easy does it.

We decided that what would be great would be to give three different juices to mix with the champagne for our girls. We used mango juice, orange juice and passion fruit juice. My favorite was definitely the orange, but we all picked different flavors. We put them in separate carafes so that everyone could mix and match.  You can try anything. When you are deciding on what juices to offer, typically the sweeter the better, because champagne tends not to have residual sugar. You can add fruit to the glasses, so it is a little more festive.

And just to be super cute, because we are, we made little glass decorations for the two of us. Fancy, if I do say so myself.

~ Dana & Christina

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