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75. New Year's Eve Episode


Eat & Drink with Ali Hassan & Marco Timpano

Comedians Ali Hassan & Marco Timpano, discuss, lament & come to terms with Food & Drink. They bring over a quarter century of restaurant experience to the podcast table.

Today's episode Marco and Ali celebrate the inelegance of New Year's Eve with a How to open Champagne guide and a How to get every morsel out of your Lobster! You don't want to miss this episode!


Opening a bottle of champagne is not meant to look elegant it should look like you are wrestling a shark.

  1. It’s not elegant
  2. You need to be in control
  3. Block out the world — it’s you and the shark.
  4. Don’t be afraid.

HOW TO OPEN a bottle of champagne.

  1. Make Sure the Bottle Is Chilled —Have a glass nearby.
  2. Remove the foil don’t be dainty about this.
  3. 6 half turns to remove the cage. (many say keep the cage on the cork and then ) Once the cage is off all bets are off.
  4. Do not point the thing at people or at your chandeller
  5. Keep pressure on the cork to keep it from popping out prematurely. …
  6. Keep your thumb on the top and make a fist around the bottle.
  7. Keep it at a 45 degree angle
  8. Twist the bottle—not the cork.
  9. Your goal is a Gentle hiss or whoosh, not a pop.
  10. Pour slowly and return to each glass. 

Here are a few cocktails for those of us who don't love Champagne but want to add some Sparkle to our Festivities or lack of them this year:

Amaretto Fizz

1.5 oz Amaretto

2 oz orange juice

add your sparkling wine

strips orange zest


Simply Mix your Amaretto, orange juice and sparkling wine. Add a strip orange zest to each glass, and start drinking. Easy Peasy no lemon squeeze in this one.

Clementine Martini

Be warned this recipe is for 2 people and may not fit in your standard champagne flute!

•juice some clementines I'd say one per drink

•4 oz vodka

•4 oz Cointreau

•4 oz Cava or Champagne or Prosecco, well chilled

Add these things together in a glass, make sure to slowly add your sparkling wine in last. Don't shake, give it a stir and there you go.


Makes 2 drinks also

Think of the Paloma when you are making this one.

1 pink grapefruit juice

2 oz vodka

1 serving Prosecco,

Remove 2 strips of zest from the grapefruit; juice the grapefruit (you should have about 4 ounces juice). Divide the vodka and grapefruit juice between 2 champagne flutes. Top off with prosecco. Garnish with the zest.

Red wine Champagne

Any fruit, mandarin, 

Berries work nice here too

Red table wine (CHILLED if possible) it can be what is left in the bottle from a previous nights drink.

some sparkling water or seltzer, chilled

Add half oz of grandmarnier, triple sec or cointreau

Fill the bottom of large wine glasses with a mixture of the fruit. Pour wine in to cover and let stand 10 minutes. Top glasses with seltzer when you are ready to serve. Technically this is more of a New Year's Sangria but call it what you like.

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