Happy St. Patrick's Day! While this holiday is frequently celebrated with green beer, wine lovers can join the fun with these easy recipes for green Champagne and Champagne-based cocktails.
Waiters served green Champagne at the White House
for St. Patrick's Day 2009.
Pour champagne into glass. Add one drop of green food coloring. Drink! (Yes, it's just that simple.)
If you're allergic to synthetic food coloring or just prefer a "greener" lifestyle, check your local health food store for a natural green food dye, like spirulina powder (pictured). You can also boil spinach leaves, then simmer and reduce the remaining water until it's concentrated. Use sparingly to avoid changing the taste of the Champagne.
If you're not opposed to a little creative mixology, try adding a shot of green liqueur to your Champagne. Common choices are melon liqueur, creme de menthe and sour apple schnapps. If you're feeling adventurous, check your local liquor store for a bottle of Chartreuse herbal green liqueur or Agwa de Bolivi, which is made from coca leaves.
Gracefully opens up with crisp lemon peel, honeysuckle and delicate yeast aromas, followed by a mix of Fuji apple, grapefruit and a sweet hint of angel food cake. The acidity adds just enough liveliness and the citrus zest leads to a lingering, warm pear and lush finish.
Pale with golden reflections, this wine boasts the trademark fragrance of mandarin orange along with extremely fruity aromas and flavors of guava and lychee. Perfect for the wine lover who prefers a gentler fizz than is offered with Champagne, and a sweeter flavor.