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With the Golden Globes ceremony fast approaching January 10, we don’t know about you, but we’re looking forward to slinging back a libation (or two). This year, Moët & Chandon — which is celebrating 25 years as the official champagne of the Golden Globes — will grace the star-studded red carpet and tables at the Golden Globes once again with its family of champagnes, serving 1,500 Moët Impérial minis on the red carpet; 125 cases of Moët & Chandon 2004 Grand Vintage Brut and Moët Impérial Rosé Magnums on the tables during the awards ceremony; and 500 Moët cocktails served at the bars. Salivating yet? It will also return to the red carpet with its popular philanthropic initiative “Toast for a Cause” where nominees will be invited to raise a toast with Moët & Chandon Impérial minis in support of their favorite charities on the red carpet. For each toast raised, Moët & Chandon donates $1,000 to the chosen charity in the nominees’ names.
If all this FOMO is getting to you, luckily Moët was kind enough to share with us the official cocktail of the Golden Globes, the Moët Ruby Red by lauded mixologist Karen Grill. Get ready to replicate some serious glamour in the comfort of your own home.
Grill’s modern take on the already snazzy French 75 cocktail (See No. 7 in our “7 Alternatives for Your Usual Drink“) tips its hat to one of film’s timeless gems: The Wizard of Oz. Here, the movie is captured in drinkable form in a champagne and vodka-based concoction with a tart and tangy raspberry, citrus, and tarragon shrub (a slightly acidic syrup-like beverage composed of fruit juice, sugar, and other ingredients) paying tribute to Dorothy’s beloved ruby red slippers. Garnished with tarragon, for the color of the Emerald City (the capitol city in the Land of Oz, clearly) and a lengthy lemon twist for, what else, the Yellow Brick Road, this is a cocktail you’ll keep coming back to year-round.
So toast away at home with the Moët Ruby Red (read on for the recipe), or keep it festive and simple with a bottle of Moët’s beloved “family of champagnes,” including Moët & Chandon Impérial, Moët & Chandon 2004 Grand Vintage Brut, and Moët & Chandon Impérial Rose, to pair with all that eye candy you’ll be enjoying on the screen at your viewing party.
Moët Ruby Red by Karen Grill
- ¾ ounce lemon juice
- ¾ ounce tarragon, raspberry, citrus shrub
- 1 ounce vodka
- 2½ ounce Moët & Chandon Imperial
To make the shrub:
- 2 cups raspberry purée
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 4 cups cane sugar
- 1 lemon peel
- 4 sprigs of tarragon
Directions: Pour the shrub, lemon juice, and vodka over ice in a white wine glass. Top with champagne, and garnish with fresh tarragon and a lemon twist.
For the shrub: Bring ingredients to a simmer on a stovetop, then remove from heat, and let cool.
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