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With the James Bond movie Spectre being released today, no time could be better to drink Bollinger. The most suave spy in the world has been sipping on Bollinger since Moonraker in 1979. While we can’t all drive a fully loaded, customized machine gun having Aston Martin, we certainly can chill down a bottle of Bolli! The 2004 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne ($109) is as good as Champagne gets; all barrel fermented and full of masculine, Pinot Noir power and high class elegance. We even have a few bottles of the limited 2009 Bollinger "James Bond 007" Brut Champagne ($195) in stock for the diehard fan of Bond & Champagne!

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Higher Dosage in Champagne Cocktails #2: Moet Ice Imperial "Final Word"

Moet Ice was created to drink on the rocks.

On Friday I posted a piece on using the Moet & Chandon "Nectar Imperial" Rosé Champagne ($59.99) in French 75’s. I was very happy with the results of using a higher dosage Champagne and dropping the amount of simple syrup in the recipe, and promised myself that I would continue experimenting. Last night I decided to try a completely new cocktail, based on the green colored and festive Final Word. This time I used the Moet & Chandon "Ice Imperial" Champagne ($56.99), which Moet developed to be served on Ice.


A traditional Final Word cocktail is composed of even parts Gin- we use the Anchor Junipero Gin ($29.99), Chartreuse Green 750ml ($49.99), Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 750ml ($29.99) and lime. We love this cocktail at home, but it is very, very powerful. Using one ounce of each of the ingredients makes for a stiff drink, and I thought it would be interesting to see what it was like subbing in a few ounces of Champagne in place of the gin.

Shaking the liquor and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with lime yields the best results

My idea of using Champagne in the place of gin in a cocktail is not an original one. The Negroni Spagliato is a classic drink in which Champagne takes the place of gin and keeps the personality of the cocktail intact. How nice would be to have one of my favorite drinks (and a green one at that!) adapted for Champagne on St. Patrick’s Day!

I am happy to say that this worked out well, and even though Cinnamon was skeptical at first (she even went so far as to say “just make one”) I won her over in the end. The recipe could not be simpler:


1 ounce Chartreuse Green 750m

1 ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

2 ounces Moet & Chandon "Ice Imperial" Champagne (or other sec/ demi-sec Champagne)


Prepare a cocktail shaker with plenty of fresh ice, and a large rocks glass with plenty more. Shake the Chartreuse, Luxardo and Lime in the shaker until well chilled. Pour the mixture through a cocktail strainer over the ice in the rocks glass. Top with the Champagne, stir gently and enjoy.


As Champagne is less concentrated than gin, it takes a little bit more of it to bring the drink into balance. Since both the lime and the Champagne are acidic, this drink is very bright and refreshing… Perhaps dangerously so! Be careful with these- I thought I was making a more “moderate” drink, but it is easy to get carried away with these!


A toast to you!


Gary Westby

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