Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Ascot Fashion Colours for 2008

If the classic black and white colour theme doesn't grip you then there are alternatives. Luckily the big "My Fair Lady" hat is back in fashion this year with fashion designers Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta making them the focal points for their Spring collections. With the Olympics being held in Beijing this year there is an oriental theme reflected in the clothes with Prada using Eastern designs in many of their styles. Skirts are swishy, blouses are ruffled and evening dresses are reminiscent of Ancient Greece with drapes and ruches. Colours are Gold, Purple and Blue – rather a regal theme really.

If you want a colourful Champagne Cocktail to go with your outfit then Kir Royale and Lady Macbeth will suit Purples, Ritz Fizz will pair with Blues and California Dreaming with go with Golds.

Kir Royale

Kir Royale is a cocktail made with a measure of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) topped up with champagne. Originally the wine used was Bourgogne Aliqoté, a lesser white wine of Burgundy. It is named after Félix Kir (1876 – 1968), Mayor of Dijon in Burgundy, who as a pioneer of the twinning movement in the aftermath of the Second World War popularized the drink by offering it at receptions to visiting delegations. Besides treating his international guests well, he was also promoting two vital economic products of the region.

7 parts Champagne
1 part crème de cassis

If you cannot be bothered with mixing this cocktail simply have Nick's Rosé Champagne. No mess, equally as refreshing and fashionably ‘in’!

Lady Macbeth

1 measure port

Pour champagne into a flute glass. Slowly add the port. Don't stir! Serve garnished with a twist of orange peel.

Ritz Fizz

½ measure almond liqueur
½ measure Blue Curaçao

Pour the almond liqueur and Curaçao into a chilled champagne flute. Add the lime juice and stir. Top up with chilled champagne, stirring gently.

California Dreaming

3 measures pineapple juice
3 dashes cherry liqueur such as Kirsch
1 dash lemon juice

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the first three ingredients. Shake well, then strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top up with champagne. Garnish glass with a chunk of pineapple.

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