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How to Make Mr Lyan’s Barley Champagne

Barley Champagne

Barley Champagne

A favourite hosting approach for me has always been to bottle up a base, then top up with bubbles as guests arrive. It works wonderfully during other seasons too, but I find that particularly around the festive periods, when people are much more lax with timings, having something that can be poured quickly at the last minute, to get everyone a drink without taking you away from the celebrations, is a great plan. This might seem very bright in profile, but it works perfectly with any true dry sparkling wine to accentuate the characteristics – but you can easily go big and powerful with flavours, too
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine British
Servings 12
Calories 207 kcal


  • 4 shots 100ml/4oz water
  • 6 shots 150ml/6oz lemon barley water cordial
  • 8 shots 200ml/8oz fino sherry or dry vermouth
  • 12 shots 300ml/12oz London dry gin
  • 10 dashes Tabasco
  • Rosemary sprigs to garnish


  • Add the water, cordial, sherry or vermouth and gin to a jug, then add the Tabasco 
  • Stir and then decant into a clean wine bottle and chill well
  • To serve, add a shot and a half (40ml/1.5oz) of the chilled mixture to a flute, then top with bubbles. 
  • Add a sprig  of rosemary and serve


Serving: 1gCalories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gSodium: 138mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1g
Keyword Barley Champagne
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