Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Champagne ice cubes?

Piper-Heidsieck the famous champagne house has started a new trend and it seems to be catching on. The idea originated in the south of France, but word is spreading, and now Piper-Heidsieck is pushing it as the new way to drink its champagne. It is Champagne served over ice.

Bars are being supplied with special Piper-red coupe-shaped glasses, but you can simply use your usual glasses at home. That is assuming you want to, of course. I know some people will be horrified at the idea of tampering with champagne, but rest assured that these aren’t ordinary ice cubes. They are made of champagne, so there is no question of diluting the precious liquid with glacial meltwater.

For perfect ice cubes, pour some champagne into a jug and leave it for 20 minutes for the bubbles to subside; then pour it gently into the ice mould and freeze. To drink, put the ice in the glasses and top up with champagne.

"Come quickly, I am tasting stars"
Dom Perignon, at the moment of his discovery of champagne.

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