For this New Year’s Eve, I thought I’d give you something a little bit different! How about a Lemon Rose Champagne Cocktail? Doesn’t that sound intriguing? It certainly did to me and when I tried it, I found I couldn’t drink “just one” and so I had another! So pretty and yet so simple to make; takes only 5 minutes!
You can make your own Vanilla Vodka (that takes about 10 days) but there are so many good flavored vodkas around these days, that it really doesn’t make much sense to make your own unless you are going to need a whole lot of one flavor.
This recipe makes 4 – 6 servings of 4-1/2 cups each but I suggest you have extra on hand as I’m sure your guests will want more than one, just as I did!
Lemon Rose Champagne Cocktail
- 1 12 oz. container of frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed (1-1/2 cups)
- 1-1/2 cups vanilla (or plain) vodka
- 1 750 ml bottle rose champagne, chilled
- Fresh mint sprigs for garnish
In a pitcher, combine the lemonade and vodka. Slowly stir in the champagne. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with mint sprigs, and serve.
Serves 4 – 6
Tip from the Toque: To make your own Vanilla flavor vodka, place 3 whole vanilla beans in a 750 ml bottle of plain vodka. Place the bottle in a dark, cool place for about 10 days to allow the vanilla to infuse the vodka. Open the bottle occasionally during the infusion time to allow it to breath, then reclose. Discard the vanilla beans.