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Balsam Fir Champagne Cocktail

Holiday 2020
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food and drink

BY: Victoria Walsh

Give this classic cocktail a seasonal twist by incorporating fragrant and sweet-tasting balsam fir tips. Get balsam fir tips from a reputable forager (like Forbes Wild Foods), order online or look for them at your local farmer’s market.

1 oz Balsam Fir Syrup (recipe follows)
6 oz dry sparkling wine
1 orange peel strip, for garnish
1 balsam fir tip, for garnish

1. Pour syrup into a flute. Top with sparkling wine. Stir to mix. Pinch orange peel over glass spritzing essential oils then rubbing the exterior of the peel around the exterior rim of the glass. Cut a thin slit into orange peel strip and thread balsam fir tip into it. Twist and drop in glass.

Makes 1 cocktail

BALSAM FIR SYRUP

Place 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar, 1 cup (250 mL) water and 5 balsam fir tips in a small saucepan. Set over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer. Gently simmer, adjusting heat as needed, until flavours infuse, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Fine-strain through a funnel lined with several layers of cheesecloth.

Makes 10 to 12 oz syrup for 10 to 12 Balsam Fir Champagne Cocktails

F202006082.jpg
food and drink

Balsam Fir Champagne Cocktail

Holiday 2020

BY: Victoria Walsh

Give this classic cocktail a seasonal twist by incorporating fragrant and sweet-tasting balsam fir tips. Get balsam fir tips from a reputable forager (like Forbes Wild Foods), order online or look for them at your local farmer’s market.

1 oz Balsam Fir Syrup (recipe follows)
6 oz dry sparkling wine
1 orange peel strip, for garnish
1 balsam fir tip, for garnish

1. Pour syrup into a flute. Top with sparkling wine. Stir to mix. Pinch orange peel over glass spritzing essential oils then rubbing the exterior of the peel around the exterior rim of the glass. Cut a thin slit into orange peel strip and thread balsam fir tip into it. Twist and drop in glass.

Makes 1 cocktail

BALSAM FIR SYRUP

Place 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar, 1 cup (250 mL) water and 5 balsam fir tips in a small saucepan. Set over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer. Gently simmer, adjusting heat as needed, until flavours infuse, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Fine-strain through a funnel lined with several layers of cheesecloth.

Makes 10 to 12 oz syrup for 10 to 12 Balsam Fir Champagne Cocktails

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