You can add some St Germain, a French liqueur made from elderflowers, to champagne or enhance it with with fresh raspberries smashed with sugar. Either way will turn a simple glass of champagne into something extra special!
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Champagne Two Ways
Champagne With St Germain
1 part elderflower liqueur (the most readily-available brand is St. Germain)
3 parts champagne
1/ 2 fresh strawberry, optional
Pour one part elderflower liqueur into a champagne flute. Tilt the glass and add the three parts champagne. If desired, float a strawberry half as a garnish. Makes 1 serving.
Market note: St Germain, a French elderberry liqueur, is available in wine and spirits shops.
Champagne with Raspberries
2 cups fresh raspberries, plus extra berries for the garnish
2 tbsp sugar
1 750 ml bottle champagne
Place the raspberries and sugar in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is pureed. Remove and strain. Divide the strained raspberry puree evenly among 6 champagne flutes. Fill the glasses 2/3 full with champagne. Drop a few raspberries in each flute as a garnish.
From Sunday Brunch by Betty Rosbottom (Chronicle Books 2012). Photo of champagne by Susie Cushner.