2 cl Raspberry Brandy
12 cl Brut champagne
1 Single ball of raspberry sherbet
Pour raspberry brandy into a chilled champagne glass. Add champagne and a scoop of raspberry sherbet, float sherbet on top. Alternatively, pour raspberry brandy and raspberry sherbet into a blender, blend shortly and pour the mixture into a chilled champagne glass. Pour champagne on top, stir carefully and garnish with raspberry.
According to legend, Nellie Melba was a temperamental lady known for her wit and antics. One famous legend is when Melba requested her neighbor, Hans Irvine, a notorious winemaker and then owner of Great Western wines if she could bathe in champagne. Mr. Irvine indulged Dame Melba’s desire and arranged for a bathtub to be brought to the premises and filled with 152 bottles of his sparkling wine – known in those pre-D.O.C. days as champagne. Melba bathed behind a screen: later on cellarmasters bottled the bubbly mixture and claimed that, although 152 bottles were poured into Melba's bath, 153 bottles came out. In 1910, one of the underground drives at Great Western was named after Melba.
Various stories on Nellie Melba have inspired as many cocktailians to create tribute cocktails for the Australian diva. Most recipes merely refect as a liquid mishmash on Escoffier's Peche Melba. This particular recipe for Melba Champagne was first published in Playboy's Host & Bar Book (1971) written by Thomas Mario.