Aouda’s Champagne Cocktail

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Aouda is a solitary young Indian woman in danger, saved from certain death on the funeral pyre by the handsome Fogg. She is, as you might expect, a delicate beauty, so perfect in every way that even Fogg’s rational head tumbles right over his heels.

Ingredients

  • A few fresh pomegranate kernels
  • 1 teaspoon crème de cassis, or crème de framboise
  • 1 teaspoon 100% pomegranate juice
  • ½ a glass of champagne or prosecco

Method

Let’s celebrate giddy heads and fluttering hearts with a combination of champagne bubbles and pomegranate jewels.

Originating in Persia and Mesopotamia, the pomegranate is the symbol of Aphrodite, the possible forbidden fruit of Adam and Eve, and its tree was said to be the tether of the mythical unicorn. Whether you want to win a heart or stoke a flame, this heady, fizzy, seductive concoction is the rather tasty way to go about it.

Pop a few pomegranate rubies into your champagne flute. Then add the cassis or framboise, and the pomegranate juice. Top it all up with bubbles and stir to effervescent life before serving to your amour. The toast is, of course, ‘To true love’.

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