Holiday Berry Champagne Cocktail

It's hard to believe we're already in December.  Where did this year go?  As the days quickly approach towards the Holiday season, we're filled with urges to celebrate -- Ugly Christmas Sweater Party! White Elephant! Holiday Potlucks! Whatever your reason may be this year to celebrate, what's a party without the booze?

For the next few weeks I'll be posting some holiday cocktails for you guys to try this season -- this week I'm featuring this elegant Blackberry Champagne Cocktail.  As you know, I'm not the best drinker...my bar tab is usually under $15 before things start looking hazy.

So I usually gravitate towards "girly" drinks.  Seeing that most girly drinks usually mean some type of fruity flavor with TONS of sugar -- I wanted to remake a drink that gave me the fruity touch I needed but without the sweetness.  Plus anything with champagne makes everything a bit more fancy don't ya think?

Feel free to use other types of berries and fruits, strawberries, pomegranate, and orange would work well here.

Holiday Berry Champagne Cocktail
Recipe Type: Drink
Author: Joy Zhang
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 pint blackberries, cleaned
  • 1 750-ml bottle chilled Lindeman's framboise
  • 1 750-ml bottle chilled brut Champagne
Instructions
  1. Stir sugar and brandy in medium bowl. Crush about 10 blackberries; add to brandy mixture. Let stand 1 hour at room temperature, then strain. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover; chill brandy mixture and remaining blackberries separately.)
  2. Divide brandy mixture among 6 Champagne glasses. Add 2 blackberries to each glass. Fill halfway with Framboise and the rest of the way with Champagne; serve.