The official Moët Champagne cocktail of Golden Globes 2014

For the first time in the event’s 71 year history, the Golden Globes has an official cocktail! And it’s Champagne based, of course.

Moët Golden Night was created by US celebrity chef Aida Mollenkamp, and includes Moët Imperial, cardamom syrup, and pear brandy. It’s garnished with a pear slice.

You can use any champagne or sparkling wine of course. But as Moët & Chandon are the official Champagne sponsors of the Golden Globes, they get the naming rights!

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Note that it’s served in a wine glass. Also note that the glass in this picture is nowhere near full enough for our liking!!

Moët Golden Night

Makes 6 cocktails

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 20 whole cardamom pods, crushed using the back of a knife or a mortar and pestle
  • ¼ cup pear brandy
  • 2 small pears, sliced for garnish
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled

1. To make simple syrup, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Stir to dissolve the sugar, add the crushed cardamom pods and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer the for 5 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to steep and cool for 20 minutes.

2. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain simple syrup into a liquid measuring cup. Discard the seeds and pods. Add the pear brandy and stir to combine. (Note: The pear-cardamom simple syrup mixture can be made up to 2 days ahead.)

3. Cut the pears off the cores and slice lengthwise into 1/8-inch thick slices.

4. To serve, add ½ oz. of the pear-cardamom simple syrup mixture to each glass. Add 4 oz. of champagne to each glass, filling each glass about halfway. Garnish with three pieces of fanned pear slices.