What’s better than a refreshing, ice cold drink to cool off on a hot summer day? A regular Daiquiri, Mojito or Granita would do perfectly, but even fancier would be Champagne on the rocks. Now this might sound strange, since Champagne and ice cubes usually don’t mix, a real no-no.
But I’ve learned differently since tasting Moët Ice Impérial during a cocktail event at Brussels. It is the very first Champagne out there especially made to serve over ice. Ice Impérial without ice would equal regular Champagne served with ice. Not your best pick.
Call it a non-traditional Champagne, created by the French Champagne House Moët & Chandon, which comes in a luxurious white and gold bottle. Definitely more of a summer-friendly bottle than the usual Champagne bottles.
This lighter version of the classic Moët is a bit fruitier, sweeter even, and has a beautiful light peach color. I tasted it before adding the ice, and found it to be a bit too heavy. Which is how it should be because the ice is an absolute must and counts as an ingredient. It totally changes the balance of the Champagne. You could say that that the Champagne itself is a bit off-balance, but that’s the catch since the ice is responsible for eventually creating the right balance. A new formula and a new way of thinking.
The best way to serve is to pour about 12cl Ice Impérial into a wide-bodied glass (as you can see on the picture). Actually, it’s pretty much a huge wine glass. Add three (big and well-formed) ice cubes to the Champagne, and that could be it. BUT. It’s way more fun and tasty to work with various garnishes. Citrus fruits, strawberries, mint, add anything you like. This is what I added to my drink (yummie!):
Ice Impérial is a blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay grapes. It actually tastes very fresh, the fizz tends to fade after adding the ice and it’s got an attractive exotic scent. I knew I was going to like it, just at the first glimpse and by smelling a delicious hint of peaches.
At the event, I was also introduced to the mobile App “Moët Ice”. Using the QR-code, which you can find on every Ice Impérial bottle, you can use the available photo filters to customize any images on your Smartphone. You can even create fun music videos and share them online. Of course I wanted to see how this worked, so the last picture was taken by Ipad and immediately published to my facebook page. Cool!
Dorothée & I
Möet Ice Imperial is about € 40, not for your everyday sip. But I will recommend this for a special occasion, or if you decide on something fancy that day. It’s just so summery and I can picture myself perfectly with a glass of Ice Impérial on a white, sandy beach. At the end of the day, this bottle won’t have any leftovers, promise! ;)