It's January 1. You look around the house and see a dozen half-full bottles of Champagne scattered everywhere. It happens to the best of us. While leftover Champagne is rare, it could definitely be a problem if you got a little too excited last night and popped wayyy too many bottles. Sure, you could drink the remaining Champagne for breakfast, but you likely had your fill last night. Since mimosas are out of the question, consider pouring leftover Champagne into pancake mix instead of dumping it down the drain.
Eating Champagne pancakes, a.k.a. champancakes, is the first great decision you’ll make in the new year. Why would you ever combat your NYE hangover with the hair of the dog when you can drink AND eat your hangover away? Champagne-spiked pancakes are a proper way to #treatyoself before taking a midday nap. Whatever’s left in your bottle will not be at its peak—unless you used this trick to keep your Champagne from going flat—but there should be just enough lively fizz left to do the trick.
The bubbles in your bubbly act as baking soda of some sort and make for the fluffiest pancakes. (There are even pancake recipes that call for a bit of seltzer water for extra puffiness.) So, how does it work? Baking soda and vinegar react with each other to produce carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide gets trapped in the pancake batter and creates pockets of air when cooked, making light and fluffy pancakes. That's why you see bubbles rise to the top of pancakes on the griddle.
Considering you might not be in the mood to cook Champagne pancakes from scratch, you could also pour Champagne into “just add water” pancake mix instead of water. If you have a favorite pancake recipe you’re devoted to, just replace the liquid with bubbly.