Champagne

Champagne is a sparkling wine made in the Champagne wine parts of France. Obtained under some laws of the appellation that demand specific vineyard techniques, sourcing of grapes only from selected places within it, specific grape-pressing methods, and secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to cause carbonation.

The grapes Pinot noir, Pinot meunier, and Chardonnay are used to produce almost all Champagne. Small amounts of Pinot blanc, Pinot gris (called Fromenteau in Champagne), Arbane, and Petit Meslier are used as well.

Champagne became correlated with royalty in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The leading manufacturers made endeavors to associate their Champagnes with nobility through advertising, which led to its popularity among the emerging middle class.

Still, wines from the Champagne region were known before medieval times. The Romans were the first to plant vineyards in this area of northeast France, starting by the 5th century. Cultivation was initially slow due to the unpopular edict by Emperor Domitian that all colonial vines must be uprooted.

Sparkling wines are made worldwide, but many legal structures reserve the word Champagne exclusively for sparkling wines from the Champagne region, made by Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne regulations.

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French 75

French 75 is a cocktail made from gin, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. It is also called a 75 Cocktail, or in French simply a Soixante Quinze. The drink dates to World War I, and an early form was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris—later Harry's New York Bar—by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun.

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Champagne Cocktail

A champagne cocktail is an alcoholic cocktail made with sugar, Angostura bitters, Champagne, brandy and a maraschino cherry as a garnish. A recipe for the cocktail appears as early as "Professor" Jerry Thomas' Bon Vivant's Companion (1862), which omits the brandy or cognac and is considered to be the "classic" American version. It is also one of the IBA official cocktails.

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Russian Spring Punch

The Russian Spring Punch is a highball cocktail made with vodka, Crème de cassis, sugar syrup, and lemon juice. The cocktail was created in the 1980s by Dick Bradsell. Basically a spiked Kir Royale over ice. It is named for the russian vodka, and the Tom Collins, which is a spring drink.

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Chicago Cocktail

The Chicago Cocktail is a brandy-based mixed drink named after the city of Chicago, Illinois. It appeared in multiple cocktail manuals dating back to the 19th century. The main ingredients are brandy, triple sec, and bitters. Some versions do call for the Champagne to be added.

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Savoy Affair

Savoy Affair is a cocktail made with champagne, peach brandy/brandy, strawberry liqueur, passionfruit juice, and lime juice. The cocktail was invented by Joe Gilmore at the Atlantic Hotel, in Hamburg, Germany.

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Old Cuban

The Old Cuban is an IBA official cocktail and is made with aged rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, mint leaves, and topped with champagne brut. The cocktail takes inspiration from the Mojito, but it features a few important tweaks that result in a unique flavor experience. The Old Cuban was created in 2001 by famed mixologist Audrey Saunders.

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Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon, also named the Hemingway or the Hemingway Champagne, is a cocktail made up of absinthe and Champagne. The cocktail shares a name with Hemingway's 1932 book Death in the Afternoon. Supposedly, the drink was created by the author after enjoying absinthe during his time in France.

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Mimosa

A mimosa cocktail is composed of champagne (or other sparkling wine) and chilled citrus juice, usually orange juice unless otherwise specified. It is traditionally served in a tall champagne flute at brunch, at weddings, or as part of business or first class service on some passenger railways and airlines. The Mimosa was created around 1925 and named for a yellow-flowered plant.