To go with the New Year theme, here's a marvelous disquisition on Champagne and Champagne cocktails from New Orleans magazine Where Y'At (via Chuck at the Gumbo Pages):
How does one confidently improve real Champagne? One presumes, I suppose. There are a few dresses Champagne can slip into that show off her best features. The French 75 is Champagne dressed like Grace Kelly or Rita Heyworth. On the other hand, the Mimosa is more like her Sunday morning slippers. The Bellini is a summer dress worn especially for her boyfriend. The Champagne Cocktail, a classic, sort of little known cocktail, is Champagne in her bedroom, in front of her mirror, getting ready to go out. She is excited, but way cool, sipping lightly a little something while she cleans ups, fastens some delicate snaps and buckles, applies a touch of red to her lips and smiles a devious smile at the result.