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Throw The Perfect Golden Globes Viewing Party with Moet & Chandon

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Are you as excited for the Golden Globes like we are, not to mention we cannot wait to see what trouble Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will get into. If you're not going to the big show, don't worry. The best place to be is in your very own home surrounded by friends. Since Moet & Chandon is the official sponsor of the Globes, we wanted to share a few cocktails choices to get your viewing party started.

For the first time ever this year, Moët & Chandon is introducing first ever Golden Globes-inspired cocktail, the Moët Golden Night, created by celebrity chef Aida Mollenkamp. The Moët Golden Night will be served to all of the stars and nominees at the Golden Globes. Moët Golden Night is a decidedly sophisticated cocktail of cardamom syrup, pear brandy, and Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne. Garnished with a “fan” of fresh pear slices, this cocktail is the perfect sipper to toast the festivities.

Here's how to make it:

Makes: 6 cocktails // Enough simple syrup mixture for 8 cocktails
Total Time: 25 minutes
Hands On Time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup unrefined granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
20 whole cardamom pods, crushed using the back of a knife or a mortar and pestle
1/4 cup pear brandy
1 (750 ml) chilled Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne
2 small ripe Forelle or Seckel pears, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS
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 simple syrup for 5 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to steep and cool for 20 minutes.

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

Just before serving, cut the pear off the core and slice pear lengthwise into 1/8-inch thick slices. (Separate slices into stacks of three and spread slightly to make a fan. If cutting slices ahead of serving time, coat them with a little lemon juice to prevent them from browning.)

To serve, add 1/2 ounce of the pear-cardamom simple syrup mixture to 6 white wine glasses (this makes enough syrup for 8 cocktails). Add 4 ounces of chilled Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne to each glass, filling each glass about halfway. Garnish each glass with three pieces of fanned pear slices and serve.

If you're looking for other options, try these favorites from Moet & Chandon:

Moët & Chandon Impérial is House’s iconic champagne. Created in 1869, Moët Impérial distinguishes itself by its bright fruitiness, its seductive palate and its elegant maturity. $41

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2004 is a graceful, elegant and sleek wine made from the winemaker’s personal selection of the best Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay of the vintage. Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2004 is truly exceptional champagne suited for one of Hollywood’s most glamorous nights. $58

Moet & Chandon Rosé Impérial – the world’s most beloved rosé champagne – is a spontaneous, radiant, romantic expression of the Moët & Chandon style, a style distinguished by its bright fruitiness, its seductive palate and its elegant maturity. $50

Always remember to drink responsibly!

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