Whatever you’re doing and whoever you’re with this New Year, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all be saying a hearty goodbye and good riddance to 2020. Although it looks pretty clear that 2021 will continue to bring difficulties, with the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine we can at least hope that the coming year is a little bit brighter and better. And so, let’s raise a glass and wish each other bonne année with one of these fabulous – and oh-so easy to make − French cocktails. Santé!
For sheer class and sophistication, we love the French 75. A combination of gin, champagne, lemon juice and sugar syrup, it’s thoroughly grown-up and a perfect way to welcome in the new year.
It’s impossible to have been in France for cocktail hour and not sipped a Kir Royale. Traditionally champagne with crème de cassis, why not add a drop of cognac for that extra oomph? We don’t mind if we do!
Traditionally served at Christmas, we say that this year, anything goes, so if you want a real cockle-warmer during the countdown to midnight, try this recipe for Vin Chaud, the French version of mulled wine and embrace that rosy glow.
For those of you looking to start 2021 with a clear head, try a St-Germain Spritz, which combines sparkling wine with sparkling water and a dash of St-Germain elderflower liqueur. Light and refreshing, it (almost) sounds good for you!