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Champagne Blues One-Balled Dictator Tang's Ware
Champagne Classic Prince of Wales Waltzing Matilda
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Bellini is a simple cocktail that originated in Italy . It is an equal mixture of Champagne and peach juice, often served at celebrations.

the original Bellini Cocktail is said to have been invented in Harry's Bar in Venice . It consists of pureed white peaches and Prosecco. Generally however, champagne is now commonly used in place of Prosecco. Other fruits and/or flavoured liqueurs are sometimes substituted for the peach puree.


Black Velvet
The Black Velvet cocktail, also known as a Bismarck , is a cocktail made from a stout beer (often Guinness) and a white, sparkling wine, traditionally champagne.

A black velvet is made by filling a tall flute glass halfway full of chilled stout and floating the sparkling wine on top of the stout, with the differing densities of the liquids allowing them to remain largely in separate layers (as in a pousse-café).

According to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, the black velvet was the favorite drink of Otto von Bismarck, who supposedly drank it by the gallon. In Germany , the cocktail often goes by his name. A common variation is the poor man's black velvet, prepared with a cider bottom layer.

Whatever the top layer is, the effect is best achieved if it is poured over a spoon turned upside down over the top of the glass so that the liquid runs gently down the sides rather than splashing into the lower layer and mixing with it.

The origin on the drink is from Brook's Club, London , 1861, and was served as the nation mourned the death of Prince Albert , Queen Victoria 's Prince Consort.


Poor Man's Black Velvet
Apple cider or perry is sometimes used in place of the more expensive champagne, in which case the stout is floated on top of the cider or perry. This cocktail is known as a Poor man's black velvet.


Bucks fizz
A Bucks fizz is an alcoholic drink.

Recipe :
orange juice
chilled Brut champagne
dash of grenadine
Fill a champagne glass 1/3 full of orange juice.
Top with champagne and a dash of grenadine.

The drink is named after London 's Buck's Club where it was first served in 1921.

The Buck's Fizz is the English version of the French Mimosa, & predates the Mimosa by 3 years. Both drinks are usually served at brunch or at any time by outside caterers in the English county of Buckinghamshire which is otherwise known as 'Bucks'.

Note: Although the recipe given here, with grenadine, may be the original usage, most British people will understand 'Buck's Fizz' to refer to a mixture of orange juice and champagne; i.e. it is the usual British term for what Americans would call a 'Mimosa'.

Sometimes, where real Champagne is not available or cannot be afforded, a white wine is used in its place.


Kalimotxo (a Basque language word) is a cheap, wine-based drink, most commonly consumed by teenagers and young adults. Alternative names include Rioja libre (from "Rioja" and "Cuba Libre") and either kali or motxo (shortenings of the Basque name).

In Chile , this drink is known as jote (chilean spanish for vulture).

Kalimotxo is a simple mixture of:
About 50% red wine (usually a cheap brand)
About 50% cola-based soft drink

Preparation and serving
The most common way of serving kalimotxo are one-litre drinking glasses made of plastic, called minis or katxi. The mixture is made directly in this one-litre mini, and often the bottles of cola are reused to make more of the mixture. This is done by emptying half of a two-litre cola bottle and adding one litre of red wine to the bottle. Ice is usually added to the drink.

Some kalimotxo aficionados claim that the best combination is cheap, dry wine, and authentic Coca-Cola, rather than any other brand. Others state that a red wine that is young and slightly fruity gives the most palatable results.

A common variant is to add a dash of blackberry liqueur. Occasional rarer variants exist, such as 50% white wine and 50% lemon-flavoured soft drink, called pitilingorri or caliguay in some places (see spritzer).

This drink is very common in drinking games, as it is very easy and cheap to prepare. Kalimotxo can be found at some bars around Spain .

The spelling kalimotxo has been in use in the Southern Basque Country since the 1970s. The Coca-Cola company distributes plastic glasses with their logo and the word kalimotxo on the side. The Sandevid corporation, which use to sell prepared kali, used the spelling kalimocho.

In kalimotxo and motxo, the tx is pronounced like an English-language ch. Since the name is now common throughout Spain , however, it is sometimes respelled calimocho in accordance with Spanish language


Champagne Blues
Champagne BluesA Champagne Blues is an alcoholic drink. Recipe:

  • champagne
  • blue curaçao
  • Lemon peel

Mixing instructions:

  • Prechill champagne and curaçao.
  • Pour champagne into a chilled glass
  • add curaçao to taste.
  • Twist lemon peel over drink and drop into glass.

Champagne Classic

A Champagne Classic is an alcoholic drink consisting of champagne with a bit of brandy and a cube of cane sugar soaked in Angostura bitters. The drink is typically served in a champagne flute


Death in the Afternoon
Death in the Afternoon is a drink made by pouring 1 oz. absinthe (or Pernod, or Absente) into a flute and topping with 5 oz. chilled champagne.


Funky Blue Drink
A Funky Blue Drink is a cocktail often served in a pint glass. It is made by combining a double shot of vodka, a shot of Archers (peach schnapps), one glass of white wine, and a shot of Blue Curaçao. These alcoholic drinks are then topped up with lemonade to fill the remainder of the pint glass.

This particular cocktail is believed to have originated in Sheffield , UK , and is well known for its distinctive colour and is pleasant refreshing taste.


KirKir is a cocktail made with a measure of crème de cassis topped up with white wine. Originally the wine was of aligoté, a lesser white grape of Burgundy , and a white Burgundy (which is usually chardonnay-based), such as Chablis, is often preferred.

It is named after Félix Kir (1876 - 1968), mayor of Dijon in Burgundy , who as a pioneer of the twinning movement in the aftermath of the Second World War popularized the drink by offering it at receptions to visiting delegations. Besides treating his international guests well, he was also promoting two vital economic products of the region.

Following the commercial development of crème de cassis in 1841 the cocktail became a popular regional café drink under the name of blanc-cass, but has since become inextricably linked internationally with the name of Mayor Kir.

Besides the basic kir, a number of variations exist:

  • Kir Royale - made with sparkling wine
  • Cardinal - made with red wine instead of white
  • Kir Imperial - made with raspberry liqueur instead of cassis, and champagne
  • Kir Normand - made with Normandy cider instead of wine.
  • Kir Breton - made with cider from Brittany instead of wine.
  • Cidre Royal - made with cider instead of wine, with a measure of calvados added.


Kir Royale
The Kir Royale is a sparkling cocktail only containing two ingredients:

  • Sparkling wine, Cava or Champagne mixed with
  • Crème de Cassis, which is a blackcurrant liqueur,
  • at an approximate ratio of 5:1.

Place the liqueur at the bottom of a champagne flute and add the other ingredient.

If you use the raspberry-flavored Chambord instead of Crème de Cassis, this is no longer a Kir Royale, it is a Chambord Kir Royale, and much sweeter.

The kir is named after Félix Kir (1876-1968), a former mayor of Dijon in Burgundy. Kir is white wine (originally Aligoté) with Crème de Cassis.

The related cidre royal cocktail is made from cider (instead of champagne) and crème de cassis, plus a measure of calvados.


Korea (cocktail)
Korea is a drink which is popular in the south of Germany. Korea is a mixture of red wine (often Lambrusco is used) and cola.


A Mimosa is a cocktail composed of three parts champagne and two parts thoroughly chilled orange juice, traditionally served in a tall champagne flute with a morning brunch. It is also often served to early guests at weddings, and in first class on jetliners.

The Mimosa cocktail was reportedly invented at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France circa 1925. Orangina or a tablespoon of Grand Marnier (technically a Grand Mimosa) are sometimes added. A similar (and often identical) British cocktail is called a bucks fizz.

In a variation of this cocktail, called Hibiscus, cranberry juice replaces orange juice. In another variation, called a Lilosa, pink grapefruit juice replaces orange juice.


Mulled Claret
A Mulled Claret is an alcoholic drink.


  • 2 oz. Sugar syrup
  • 1 750-ml. bottle Bordeaux (red)
  • 1 pt. Ruby Port
  • 1 cup Brandy
  • 7 whole cloves
  • Several cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • Lemon peel

Mixing Instructions:

  • Dissolve sugar in a flaming pan.
  • Add ingredients and mix on low heat.
  • Serve when hot. Serves about 10.


One-Balled Dictator
A One-Balled Dictator is a wine cocktail drunk by World War II veterans. The name is seen by some as a little unorthodox, yet is still seen as a reasonably tasty drink, as well as a clever reference to wartime pop propaganda.

To make, take:

  • 1 part good champagne
  • 5 parts cheap liebfraumilch

Shake the concoction very violently but for a short duration, then pour into a "rocks" type glass. Before drinking, add one cinnamon ball, the type found in bags of bulk candy. You now have a One-Balled Dictator. A splash of Galliano liqueur added just before shaking will create a Mussolini.

The combination of the milky-white Liebfraumilch with the champagne will produce a very white drink, where the German very quickly overwhelms the French. The wide-mouthed rocks glass provides breathing room for the drink, which has only one ball, "and a flaming one at that."

Taken together, this is clearly a joke reference to Adolf Hitler, who, after the invasion of Poland, took over France in a very successful and fast way, through the "lightning war" or blitzkrieg, during the early years of World War II.

The reference to Hitler's "one ball" comes from the lyrics to a crude song sung by British soldiers, to the tune of the Colonel Bogey March. The song reports that Hitler only has one testicle, while other prominent Nazi party officials are similarly, but not exactly, endowed. The use of the slang word "flaming" in the description refers to another Hitler legend: that he was homosexual.

Although the symbolism renders this primarily a joke recipe, the actual drink produced is unique and quite pleasant. The fiery taste of the cinnamon gives an interesting contrast to the "cooler" flavor of the white wines.

This drink originated in Cincinnati, Ohio in the late 1940s, concocted by veteran members of the 82nd Airborne Division. Presumably, the paratroopers had learned the saucy Colonel Bogey lyrics from British troops while stationed in Europe. Although it is not known nationally, the One-Balled Dictator remains a favorite of 82nd Airborne veterans in the Cincinnati area.


Prince of Wales cocktail
A Prince of Wales is an alcoholic drink composed of Brandy, Madiera, Angostura bitters, champagne, and a slice of orange.


Mixture of manzanilla wine with a soft drink like Sprite or 7 Up. It must be served very cold and it is tipical of Andalusia.


A Rossini cocktail is a combination of pureed strawberries and sparkling wine. A common recipe specifies one part strawberry puree for two parts wine. The strawberry mixture may be passed through a sieve in order to remove seeds, if desired.


Sangría is a wine punch (more formally and precisely, an aromatized wine) which originated in Spain. It typically consists of

  • a red wine,
  • chopped or sliced fruit,
  • a sweetener such as honey,
  • a small amount of added brandy, triple sec, or other spirits.
  • The ingredients in Sangría vary, particularly in the type of fruit used, the kind of spirits added if any, and the presence or lack of carbonation. White wine can be used instead of red, in which case the result is called sangría blanco. In southern Spain, sangría is called zurra and is made with peaches or nectarines.

Crucial to all successful sangrías is to allow time for the fruit flavors to blend with the rest of the ingredients. Thus preparation consists of cutting the fruit in thin slices or small cubes, then mixing all ingredients except for ice and any carbonated sodas in advance. After several hours in a refrigerator, the ice and any last-minute ingredients are added and the drinks are poured.

Also crucial to a good sangría is a good wine as a base, since in most recipes for sangria the wine remains the dominant ingredient. Lower quality wines can be used to make sangría-like wine coolers.

In a bar, pub or restaurant, sangría is often served in 1-litre jarras (carafes) or other containers large enough to hold a bottle of wine plus the added ingredients. A lid or other strainer for the container helps prevent the fruit and ice cubes from being served.

In informal social gatherings, sangría is served like punch, from a punchbowl.

Typical Sangría recipe

  • 1 bottle red Spanish wine (such as Rioja)
  • 2 tbsp. honey (or equivalent in sugar syrup)
  • 1/2 orange, chopped or sliced
  • 1 lemon, chopped or sliced
  • 1 oz. brandy
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Pour wine into a large pitcher. Add honey and mix well. Stir in fruit, brandy, and Cointreau. Chill for several hours until ready to serve.

Just before serving, add the club soda and ice cubes, stirring gently. When pouring into glasses, leave fruit and ice in the pitcher. Serves four.


A spritzer is a tall, chilled drink, usually made with white wine and soda water.

The word comes from the German spritzen "spatter, squirt, spray, sprinkle", i.e. adding water and thus diluting the wine so that it can be consumed in larger, thirst-quenching amounts without the negative effects of excessive alcohol.

Spritzer is a false friend with respect to the name of the drink in most of Germany, where the word "Schorle", which derives from French, is used. However, in Austria, Spritzer is the normal term, together with the more common form (a noun derived from the past participle of spritzen), Gespritzter (mostly pronounced G'spritzter), a term also found in some German regions, such as Hessen (e.g. Süssgespritzter, i.e. a "sweet spritzer" using fizzy lemonade (e.g., Sprite) instead of soda water ("Sauergespritzter"). In Hessen, however, "gespritzt" usually refers not to a wine/water or wine/lemonade mix but to a mixture of soda water or lemonade and Apfelwein (in Hessian dialect, Ebblwoi), a alcoholic drink from fermented apple juice somewhat similar to (hard) cider but distinctly non-sweet.

In Austria and Germany a "Radler" is a beer combined with orange or lemon soda. For this reason the most common type of beer used in a Radler is wheat.


Non-alcoholic Spritzer
In the United States, some non-alcoholic carbonated juices are sold as spritzer, including OceanSpray Juice Spritzers. The same type of carbonated juice (actually made with juice and carbonated mineral water) is known in Germany as Saftschorle or Fruchtschorle. (Both short for rarely used Fruchtsaftschorle.) Particularly Apfelschorle (apple juice spritzer) is one of the most popular soft drinks in Germany.


Zurracapote (sometimes abbreviated as zurra) is a popular Spanish alcoholic mixed drink, similar to sangría.

It consists mainly of red wine, to which spirits, fruit juice, industrial refreshing drinks, sugar and cinnamon can be added. Sometimes it is cooked. The result is a mildly alcoholic drink.

It's usually prepared in big recipes for local fiestas in La Rioja and also southern Navarre, where there are as many variations on the recipe as there are makers.

Other typical Spanish cocktails with red wine are calimocho and sangría.


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