HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE -
Ice Cold Beer,
Makes You Want to Cheer!
Ice Cold Gin,
Makes You Want to Win!
Ice Cold Duck,
Makes You Want to...
SCORE....Maybe I'm showing my age, but that was a cheer we used to do in High School. Of course I doubt most of the kids these days would even know what Cold Duck was. When I was younger, the champagne that I knew about was Andre Cold Duck, which you could get a bottle of for under five bucks. And then I became sophisticated and graduated to Frexinet...in the black bottle...the epitome of chic back then! And probably cost maybe seven bucks a bottle. Of course forays into champagne then were limited to New Years Eve and weddings. And, unfortunately, the champagne served at most weddings at that time was the cheap kind....the ones that gave you massive headaches and hangovers. So for quite a while, I just either didn't drink champagne or suffered with that after champagne yucky feeling. Then one day I had "real" champagne and the Angels sang. I don't even remember where or when or what brand, I just remember it tasting divine. The bubbles...ahhhh...just wonderful. Right then and there I vowed never to drink cheap champagne again and to drink GOOD champagne on a regular basis.
I remember a friend at a hockey convention once that, like me in my "before the good stuff" phase, admitted to not liking champagne. Gave him headaches. Upset his stomach. Nope, he just wasn't a champagne drinker. But what he had been drinking was the crappy cheap, under $10 a bottle crap. So I made him buy a $40 bottle of champagne (pretty much unheard of at a cheap hockey convention buffet!). And I still remember the smile on his face after he took his first taste. Hopefully he's still drinking the good stuff to this day.
Me? Mr. L and I drink champagne on a regular basis. It's not unheard of for me to order a glass when out at a restaurant. Nor is it unheard of for us to open up a bottle of the bubbly when we cook ourselves a nice dinner. Not the over the top, mortgage your house bottle of champagne, but a nice enough brand that doesn't make my head hurt. And Mr. L knows, if asked, I will NEVER turn down a good glass of champagne. So he asks...which is probably one of the reasons I married him.
So, today being National Champagne Day, open up a bottle of that bubbly and celebrate the New Year. Just be sure to have a second bottle on hand for mimosas tomorrow morning.
Cheers and Happy New Year!!