When it's New Years, it’s ALL about the champagne. We live and breath by it here. We celebrate and enjoy all the amazingness that the bubbly has to offer. Maybe that’s why I’ve been so resistant for the holidays to end. But why does it have too? Why not enjoy champagne all month long? This past week, I came across a recipe that sounds to good to resist. Champagne-Elderflower Cocktail with Pear and Thyme.
There are a lot of things that can elevate an ordinary party or night into an extraordinary party or night. Great music, awesome snacks, a beautiful location and a specialty house cocktails are a few things that immediately come to mind. So I gave it a whirl, since my guest and the houseboys hadn't polished off all the champagne....and my God was it DELISH!!!!!! It was something that was still light and refreshing, and gives the champagne a nice twist. So I grabbed the couple bottles of Champagne and got to mixing!
For the Simple Syrup
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 ripe pear, cored and chopped
4 sprigs fresh thyme
For the Cocktails
Pear and thyme simple syrup
Andre Extra Dry Champagne
In a medium sauce pan bring all the syrup ingredients to a simmer and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cover, let stand for about one hour so the flavors can infuse each other. Drain the syrup to a bottle to refrigerate to use when you want it. In a glass, add ice and two tablespoons each of the syrup and the Elderflower liqueur. I used St. Germaine's. Top with champagne and a sprig of thyme. DELISH I SAY!
This is just the ticket for a winter's cock-a-tail and a good way to keep the champagne flowing. Only thing is the houseboys get a tad to frisky. Tootles!