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Champagne bottle exploding like a party fireworks show

Time for a Tipple

While the Quartermaster’s rum is not to be sniffed at (literally, you’ll get a headache from a single whiff) nothing beats a little sparkle at a party. This one might be my all-time favourite cocktail, and has been my celebratory tipple of choice since I was young enough to be tipping it back illegally. What can I tell you? The classics never go out of style.

Champagne in a glass with a string of fairy lights
Fancy-It-Up French 75s
Recipe* (Serves 1)
  • Chilled Champagne, Prosecco or my personal preference, Spanish Cava
  • 25ml chilled gin
  • Sugar syrup
  • Generous squeeze of lemon juice
  1. Mix the sugar syrup, gin and lemon juice in the bottom of a champers flute/coupe using a teaspoon
  2. Top up the glass with your favourite fizz
  3. Sip enthusiastically while dancing on the table, and remember the immortal words of Dom Perignon upon inventing champagne: “I am tasting the stars!”

*For a non-alcoholic version, replace the gin with tonic water and the champagne with sparkling pear juice.


a blue ship's door with the sign "F.K. BELLE MARLOWE"

F.K. Marlowe is a Shropshire lass who lived in London and Beijing before settling down with her husband, three daughters and rescue pup in Vancouver. She writes horror stories with a tendency to the paranormal, and Young Adult fiction with fangs and sass.

Marlowe doesn’t worry overly much about the placement of semi-colons and the like, having spent far too long pootling about in academia to take them seriously. (She has an Oxford first in English Lit, plus a Master’s and PhD from Leeds). She has, however, discovered that life is the best education for a writer, and plans to continue her studies there as long as possible.


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