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As a barware company we choose this Friday to toast this historical Inaugural Week by introducing you to a drink that you may have not heard of before, The Barbotage.
For those of you who know me, you will know that Gigi with Leslie Caron, the voice of Maurice Chevalier and Gaston played by the most handsome Louis Jordan is one of my all time favourite movies.
In one of the scenes Gaston ditches Honore and goes to Mamita's but Gigi, who always cheers him up isn't there so he doesn't stay long. When he leaves he runs into her near the park and—rather forcibly— takes her for an ice cream at the Ice Palace where he's meeting his girlfriend of the moment.
The Ice Palace, the Palais du Glace, no longer exists as a skating rink; built in 1894, the Palais du Glace became the Theatre du Rond Point in 1980. While at the skating rink Gaston orders a ... Barbotage for Gigi.
The barbotage is a Champagne cocktail with an orange flavor like a mimosa. But it gets that orange from liqueur rather than from OJ. It’s also got a nice splash of cognac in there for some extra extra bzzzzzz.
- 1/2 oz. cognac or brandy
- 1/4 oz. orange liqueur (like Triple Sec or Grand Marnier)
- 4 oz. dry (Brut) sparkling wine, very cold
- 1 slice of orange
Pour cognac (or another brandy) and Grand Marnier into a champagne flute, top up with brut champagne or a reasonable facsimile thereof (no need to go overboard in terms of quality, but you don't want something that you could use in a vapor degreaser, either).
There's another Barbotage the French seem to be mopping up these days in a certain quantity: Shake up with ice 1 teaspoon grenadine, 1/2 ounce lemon juice, and 1 ounce orange juice, strain it into a champagne flute, and have at it with the bubbly -- sort of a super Mimosa. If you wanna go that way, go that way. But we'll take the hooch -- and if you double the cognac, we should add, this makes a fine drink any time of day.
- Enjoy your peaceful weekend !