Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It’s All About the Bubbles

January is a month full of bubbles. We start our bubble fascination with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day when more Champagne is consumed than for any other national holiday. But, just a few days later, on January 8th, along comes National Bubble Bath Day - Really!  It seems the perfect time to pour a glass of bubbly, while soaking in a bath of bubbles. But first, some history …

Bubbles in a Bottle
“Champagne first gained world renown because of its association with the anointment of French kings … luxury and power.” And New Year’s Eve has become the obvious choice as the day to pay homage to this effervescent drink. Over 200-million bottles are sold throughout the world each year; now, that’s a lot of bubbles!

So Champagne seems the logical choice for celebrating a holiday that revels in bubbles. Keep in mind, when selecting Champagne, it’s best to know what the terms mean:

Brut: extremely dry (less than 1.5 percent sugar)
Extra sec or extra dry: dry (1.2-2.0 percent sugar)
Sec: slightly sweet (1.7-3.5 percent sugar)
Demi-sec: sweet (3.3-5.0 percent sugar)
Doux: very sweet (over 5.0 percent sugar)

Champagne is produced only in the Champagne region of France and legally this is the only sparkling wine that can bear the name “Champagne.” But for our purposes, a sparkling wine can be substituted for this celebration because today, it’s all about the bubbles!

 Bubbles in the Bath
It’s true - January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day! (Who Knew?) The day is set aside to pamper yourself, or a loved one, (or both) with a luxurious soak in the tub. It wasn’t until the 1940s that most Americans began bathing more than once a week and today, the shower is the king of clean. But it’s always nice to take some time and soak among the bubble; it’s good for your skin, opens up your pores and helps relax tired, achy muscles.

So tonight, consider put on some relaxing music, light some candles and pour that glass of Champagne as you enjoy “drinking the stars” in a tub full of bubbles. Salute!

~ Joy