Our Guide to Create the Best Champagne Bar ever!
Life’s biggest milestones deserve a bottle of champagne. This bubbly treat is good on its own just as it is good for cocktails using champagne. When you’re hosting, here’s a list of the must-haves to when a champagne bar is on the menu.
Step 1: Go on a champagne tasting journey.
It’s the only way to know which champagne is best. Ideally, you should go to a liquor store that carries a wide range of the most beautiful and most delicious champagne brands in the market. As there are many types of champagnes -- whether based on the grape used or if it’s dry -- it will be best to ask your vendor about your choices. If you’re not sure which champagne to serve and if like to stay within budget then, this step is a must. Otherwise, go straight to Step 2.
Step 2: Round-Up a handful of liqueurs and spirits.
Champagne is usually bottled between 7% and 14% ABV. Some of your guests, however, may prefer a bit more tipple which can be achieved with liqueurs and spirits that are normally available at 40% ABV. Liqueurs such as the Bramley & Gage Creme de Cassis and St. Germain will help enhance the fruity and refreshing flavour of your champagne. These flavours will blend just as well with the sweet and floral character of a champagne rose.
Step 3: Complement with finger foods.
The secret to food pairing with champagne is to keep the food simple. You don’t want the food to overpower the soft, mellow, and sensual character of the champagne. In general, it is best to stick to lightly seasoned white meats and seafoods, and less of the food bathed in heavy sauces and creams.
Step 4: Add fresh fruits and herbs.
Berries add an elegant personality and flavour to any champagne. Make sure to have fresh strawberries, red berries, and cranberries on the table. Drop one or two inside a tall champagne glass or, add in muddled or in puree form for extra thickness and added flavour.
Step 5: Reserve champagne 20cl bottles for the big toast.
Have a classic and younger way to celebrate your once in a lifetime occasion by toasting to the bottle. Have miniature bottles distributed to guests when the big toast is due or, personalise these for party favours.
What champagne pops the best?
It’s the atmospheric pressure that makes wine pop. That pop can take on an explosive bang when you shake it before you open which champagne experts are advising against.
Anyway, if the pop is intended, such as for ceremonial functions, then a champagne like Moet or Nicolas Feuillatte will perform a good job. Most champagne brands are packed with about 6 atmospheric pressure which is what gives this drink a good pop and bubble. So, find anything in this range and you should get the pop you seek. Those with low, 1 to 2 atm pressure like
Is Moet a good Champagne?
Yes. What makes Moet ideal for toasting is that it look good in the glass and the taste is also elegant. Not very many champagne brands can give you that.
How long can you keep a bottle of Moet champagne unopened?
Ideally, you should only buy a champagne when you’re planning to open and toast to one. A lot of times, however, a bottle of Moet makes an elegant gift for weddings, anniversaries, and other important occasions.
In case you’re planning to give one or when you get one, just make sure to store it in the dark at a cool temperature of only 7 to 10 degrees Celsius. Under these ideal conditions, you may store it for up to 4 years, and longer for vintage champagnes.