Back in the days of my misspent youth, us young lads had a serious and delicate problem. The young ladies that we fancied were not generally big drinkers. You didn’t expect them to belt down some whiskey and soda. And if they did, one might raise an eyebrow. A few more daring of the charming set might favor a gin and tonic — with a generous slice of lime, of course! And I think I can recall at least one who was partial to run and coke. But by and large, they restricted themselves to cocktails that masked what was within. Thus, it was a clever thing to have mastered the fine art of making a champagne cocktail … or two.
Are these days not over? It seems that the champagne cocktail retains its appeal. Though I think it is going a bit overboard to concoct a champagne cocktail recipe based on the last great desert served on the Titanic. Nevertheless, it is a story to sell …. errr … I mean to tell.
BTW, the above recipe from Saveur using white rum and fruit juices is nice. I also liked another from Daily Meal that uses Compari and vermouth