Champagne Cocktail

You won’t see a lot of drink recipes on this blog; I am a red wine drinker first and foremost.  But once in awhile there is a special drink that I am proud to share, and this is definitely one of them.

I love champagne.  It’s light and bubbly and people automatically think ‘celebration’ when they hear the word champagne or see it being opened.  It’s automatically a happy occasion if there’s champagne.

About 21 1/2 years ago my then boyfriend threw a lavish surprise wedding proposal.  It was in a park in our neighborhood right on Lake Ontario in the west end of Toronto.  It was a regular weeknight, I had worked that day.  As he was driving me home,

He suggested that we go for a walk in the park.  I really didn’t want to.  I was tired.  It was half raining and getting dark.  To this day, as we walked along, he quotes me as saying “this is NOT my idea of fun”.  Not sure why he continued, poor guy.

We walked right into a beautiful scene, a picnic in the park, with music from Il Postino, our then favorite movie, playing, candles, appetizers, champagne.  I remember thinking how pretty it was and how lucky the people who it was for were.

And then I was told it was for me.

After the proposal, to which I said yes, we walked over to a little gazebo that was in the park, right on the lake.  My now fiance pulled out the bottle of good champagne that he had saved up for and purchased for this occasion.

Then he began to shake the bottle.  Puzzled, I asked what he was doing.  He replied with something to the effect “this is how you do it”.

By that time, it was too late to tell him he was wrong.  He popped open the bottle and I watched as the smile on his face turned to confusion and disappointment …. as almost half the bottle ended up trickling through the cracks of the gazebo floor into Lake Ontario.  He asked what happened.  I replied that you never shake champagne.  He admitted that he’d only seen it opened at sporting events like the Stanley Cup.

Well that explains that.

We got about a glass each.  Frankly, I think the story is much more fun to tell this way then it being a picture perfect story, because life is never picture perfect, is it.

This drink can be poured within minutes, no ice or shaking required.  Please, no shaking.


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Grand Marnier
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Calvados
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Champagne
  • grated orange peel


Put sugar cube in the bottom of the glass.  Pour in Grand Marnier, Calvados, and then fill glass with champagne.  Sprinkle grated orange peel.  Serve immediately.

Makes one drink

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