When we celebrate a big event or special occasion, what’s usually the first drink we tend to opt for? Champagne, or as some of us call it, bubbly.
There are many reasons why champagne is considered “the drink of celebration.” This bubbly beverage became a celebratory tradition in the royal courts of Europe before 1789, becoming a drink for primarily for those with status. Champagne also has been a part of weddings, baptisms, and other religious events for centuries.
In modern times, we often consider adding champagne to the menu for other less-formal occasions. However, many are still unsure of how to properly celebrate with champagne. With the following guide, you’ll have a clearer idea.
Consider if the event needs a little fancying up.
From the aesthetic bubbles of champagne to the clear, fancy stemware it’s often served in, champagne is one sophisticated drink. It’s no surprise that this beverage fits perfectly with the fancy ambience of your average wedding. Just one sip of this fizzy drink will have you feeling like a millionaire.
However, if you’re planning on having champagne at, say, a birthday party, ask yourself if the event needs the added elegance that champagne would provide or if it would seem over-the-top or completely out of place. If so, perhaps another beverage would be more appropriate.
Only opt for champagne if the food will complement it.
Let’s face it unless you’re going to be having a separate champagne toast outside of a meal, it’s an absolute must to complement the flavor of your champagne with the food you will be serving. Otherwise, it makes little sense to serve champagne if the food pairings clash.
The crisp acidity, and sometimes sweet and citrusy flavor, of different champagnes, tend to pair well with caviar, chicken with light butter, sauteed scallops, lobster, oysters, smokey red meat, smoked salmon, and creamy sauces. The exact food pairings perfect for your champagne will depend a great deal on the amount of residual sugar yours has.
It all comes down to the type of champagne.
Different brands of champagne are not universal. From the flavors to the prices of the champagne, there are different types of champagne that are more or less appropriate depending on the occasion at hand.
For instance, if you’ll be serving quality lamb or beef at an elegant wedding, an extra-brut or brut rosé would be the most appropriate. Just serving dessert? Serve dry champagne-like Cristal Champagne. For occasions that are less formal, you can purchase a $10 bottle of bubbly with quality flavor that’s not too fancy for the event.
Many events call for a champagne toast. However, sometimes we want to serve bubbly for other events or occasions. When deciding if celebrating with champagne is right, consider if the even could use some added sophistication, if the food will complement the beverage, and what the most appropriate type of champagne will be to serve.