Very special champagne cocktail

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 (1/2 pint) baskets fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons Sugar
½ cup Plus 2 T raspberry liqueur
¼ cup Cognac or other brandy
8 Sugar cubes
1 (750 ml) bottle chilled brut Champagne
Fresh raspberries
Lemon peel strips

Combine 2 baskets raspberries and 2 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl.

Mash berries lightly with fork. Let stand 15 minutes. Mix in liqueur and brandy. Pour into jar. Cover and let stand in dark cupboard 3 days. Strain raspberry mixture, pressing on solids with spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. (Can be made 1 month ahead. Cover and chill.)

Place one sugar cube in each of eight 6-oz Champagne flutes. Pour 2 tablespoons raspberry mixture over each sugar cube. Pour Champagne over to fill glasses. Garnish each with raspberries and lemon peel.

From the North Champagne & Ile de France regions of France. Bon Appetit/May 94 Typed by Didi Pahl

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