champagne http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/297/all en-US 16 Ways to Use Up Leftover Champagne http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-use-up-leftover-champagne <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-ways-to-use-up-leftover-champagne" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/drink-159291538.jpg" alt="champagne" title="champagne" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I know how the joke ends, so I'm just going to say it now: If you're one of those people who wonder &quot;who has leftover champagne,&quot; then you can just stop reading now.</p> <p>For the rest of us who always find half full bottles of (no longer) bubbly left around the house after every party, here are 28 recipes to use up flat champagne. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-used-corks-including-making-money-with-them?ref=seealso">25 Things to Do With Used Corks</a>)</p> <h2>Recycle It Into Other Boozy Drinks</h2> <p>Since <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/brian-boitano/white-wine-sangria-recipe.html">sangria</a> was practically invented to hide the taste of cheap ripple, substitute your flat champagne for some of the wine in your favorite recipe. (When substituting champagne for wine, be sure to taste the sangria before adding any additional sugar, as champagne can be sweet). During the winter holiday season, turn your leftover champagne into <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/mulled-wine-recipe.html">mulled wine</a> by combining it with cider, honey, and spices.</p> <h2>Turn It Into a Dessert</h2> <p>I like champagne grapefruit sorbet as a palate cleanser between courses. Not because I'm that fancy, but because I need a plausible explanation for why I'm eating gelato for dinner as well as dessert. Although I use an ice cream maker, <a href="http://whatscookingamerica.net/SorbetChampagne.htm">this recipe</a> can be made in a food processor or blender.</p> <p>For summer parties, turn flat champagne into a &quot;<a href="http://www.reclaimingprovincial.com/2012/07/14/french-75-popsicles/">poptail</a>&quot; by freezing champagne in your childhood Popsicle molds. Just remember not to give the special ones to the kids.</p> <p>Champagne is also wonderful for <a href="http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/22250/champagne+poached+pears">poaching pears</a> or <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Champagne-Zabaglione-with-Fresh-Fruit-Compote-1281">stewing fruit</a> for a dessert topping.</p> <p>But, one doesn't need to put on airs with champagne desserts. Champagne <a href="http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink11350.html">Jello shots</a> and <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/pink-champagne-cake-153192">pink champagne cake</a> made from a boxed cake mix are also yummy.</p> <p>Champagne <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/winning-recipe-raspberry-cupcakes-with-champagne-buttercream-frosting-recipe.html">buttercream frosting</a> helped make raspberry wedding cupcakes a winning recipe on the competitive cooking show &quot;Cupcake Wars.&quot;</p> <p>Not a frosting fan? Well, <a href="http://beyondfrosting.com/2013/04/17/classic-pound-cake/">champagne glaze</a> is delicious on everything from pound cake to sugar cookies...&nbsp;and that favorite <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/champagne-baked-ham">dessert meat</a>: ham.</p> <h2>Experience a Better Hang-Over Breakfast</h2> <p>Before going to bed, freeze the leftover champagne in an ice cube tray to add to orange juice.</p> <p>Can't look at a fizzless <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mimosa/">mimosa</a> without gagging after last night's revelry? Use the leftover champagne to make crazy-delicious <a href="http://www.eatingthebeats.com/2011/04/a-decadent-post-show-brunch-stuffed-french-toast-lazy-sunday-songs/">French toast</a>.</p> <h2>Elevate Comfort Food</h2> <p>Giada De Laurentiis's five-star recipe for <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/champagne-risotto-recipe.html">champagne risotto</a> makes an elegant side dish or a homey main dish, depending on what vegetables and meat are added to the base risotto recipe.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.thesparklingqueen.com/2011/11/21/champagne-gravy-2.aspx">Gravy</a> made from flat champagne and pan drippings from the Thanksgiving turkey makes for incredible leftovers.</p> <h2>Roast Super Juicy Turkey</h2> <p>Speaking of Thanksgiving, champagne is the secret basting ingredient to this beloved and <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/juicy-thanksgiving-turkey/">succulent turkey</a> recipe.</p> <h2>Impress Your French Relatives</h2> <p>I learned how to make <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/champagne-chicken/">Champagne Chicken</a> in my 8th grade French class. Pro Tip: Use dark meat, with the skin on, and add approximately 40 cloves of garlic.</p> <h2>Perk Up Soup</h2> <p>With its sweet taste, champagne is an obvious ingredient for many <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/chilled-fruit-champagne-soup-with-crystallized-ginger-recipe.html">summer soups</a> made with fruit. That said, champagne can also be used as the acidic ingredient in <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2011/04/french-onion-soup/">French onion soup</a>.</p> <h2>Steam Seafood</h2> <p>My brother-in-law is an event planner, so he ends up with tons of flat champagne. He freezes his leftover champagne, and then uses it later to <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/champagne-poached-salmon-recipe.html">poach salmon</a>, one of his go-to appetizers for big parties. My brother-in-law has also successfully poached <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Poached-Oysters-and-Artichokes-with-Champagne-Cream-236391">oysters</a> and <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/clams-steamed-in-champagne-268755">clams</a> in flat champagne.</p> <h2>Make Garlic Vinaigrette</h2> <p>Pick apart several heads of garlic and then submerge the cloves in a jar of flat champagne. The garlic and the infused champagne make delicious vinaigrette for vegetables. Be sure to refrigerate this!</p> <h2>Ferment It Into Champagne Vinegar</h2> <p>I've accidentally made vinegar out of leftover wine, but using a recipe for <a href="http://www.anthonystclair.com/blog/2012/02/homemade-champagne-vinegar.html">champagne vinegar</a> will guarantee a better result!</p> <h2>Bake Better Bread</h2> <p>Why settle for beer bread when I can make <a href="http://www.abreadaday.com/?p=1138">champagne bread</a> instead?</p> <h2>Create Your Own Beauty Products</h2> <p>Champagne can be used to make <a href="http://michellephan.com/cheers-champagne-toner/">face toner</a>, <a href="http://www.glamorganicgoddess.com/diy-pink-champagne-hangover-facial-mask/">clay face-masks</a>, and even <a href="http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/blogs/daily-beauty-reporter/2012/11/at-home-holiday-hair-treatments.html">hair rinses</a>.</p> <p><em>What is your favorite flat champagne recipe or hack? </em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-use-up-leftover-champagne" class="sharethis-link" title="16 Ways to Use Up Leftover Champagne" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink General Tips champagne flat champagne leftovers Mon, 05 May 2014 08:36:18 +0000 Max Wong 1137746 at http://www.wisebread.com A $12 champagne that's toast of the party: Krait Prestige http://www.wisebread.com/a-12-champagne-thats-toast-of-the-party-krait-prestige <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/kraitbeerchamp2_0.jpg" alt="Krait" title="Krait" width="156" height="179" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Can’t afford Dom Pérignon or Cristal for your New Year’s party?<span> </span>When in doubt (or broke), be creative!<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Introducing Krait Prestige Champagne Lager – the beer that <strike>bubbles</strike> doubles as a champagne.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">$12 is expensive for a bottle of beer, but it is cheap for a bottle of champagne.<span> </span>When you bring Krait Prestige to a party, it will become an instant conversation piece.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Instead of being the guy who brought cheap liquor, you are now Mr. Cutting Edge.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Novelty aside, this is actually a decent product.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Krait Prestige is double-fermented, a costly process that is generally reserved for upper-end sparkling wines.<span> </span>The second fermentation takes place in Belgium’s famous Rodenbach brewery, which is best known for producing the Rodenbach Grand Cru.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But can a beer really pass for champagne? According to Playboy: </p> <blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">The bottle certainly looks regal. It is sleek, black and emblazoned with the company&#39;s elephant logo in faux gold relief. The cork is smaller than those found in true champagnes. The alcohol level is smaller, too: eight percent, as opposed to the 12 percent in Veuve Clicquot. The beer is a cloudy pale yellow and has a toasty, bread-like aroma. It has floral notes, like a Belgian beer and, although it may be too sweet for some drinkers, it finishes fast and dry. At $12, it&#39;s an affordable alternative to sparkling wine. (continue reading at <a href="http://www.playboy.com/style/reviews/drinks/12-18/" target="_blank">Playboy.com</a>, which may contain some nudity).</p> </blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/kraitbeerchamp.jpg" alt="Krait" width="100" height="341" align="right" />Krait Prestige has received some <a href="http://www.nysun.com/article/43453" target="_blank">sparkling reviews</a> along with some flat ones; but the general consensus is that it is a great enough beer to try at least once, and definitely good enough for a one-time party favor.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Of course, in order to pull off &quot;Mr. Cutting Edge&quot; you need to know the lingo. Here are some smart things you can say about Krait:</p> <blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden straw with a white and moderate head which was small bubbled and fell slowly to lace the glass.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The aroma was strongly spicy with pepper after first being poured. The aroma became slightly fruity with a crisp very, very lightly corny character and a subtle sweetness which brought to mind a light peach nature. (continue reading at <a href="http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/10174/33766" target="_blank">Beeradvocate.com</a>)</p> </blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal">While a national campaign is planned for this product, the last time I checked it is only available in Georgia, Massachusetts, and New York (see I told you it was cutting edge). Check out <a href="http://www.kraitslist.com/" target="_blank">Krait&#39;s home page</a> for more information.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-12-champagne-thats-toast-of-the-party-krait-prestige" class="sharethis-link" title="A $12 champagne that&#039;s toast of the party: Krait Prestige" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink champagne krait krait prestige party Mon, 01 Jan 2007 01:26:11 +0000 Will Chen 136 at http://www.wisebread.com