Here’s a festive idea for any of your holiday open houses, brunch parties, or mornings where you discover guests have slept on your floor after last night’s blow out. Create a sparkling wine bar where your guests can create their own eye openers and/or follow some recipes you suggest. All you need are a few bottles (or several cases) of some cheap bubbly and a few “mixers” that you probably already have on hand. This is no time to break out the $100 tete du cuvee, some inexpensive Cava (sparkling from Spain) or Prosecco (sparkling from Italy) will definitely do the job. Following is a list of suggested items to have on hand, a few recommendations on cheap bubbles, and a couple of recipes to get the party started. Getting your guests to leave is your problem.
Sparkling wine or Champagne
Orange juice, cranberry juice, and/or pomagranate juice
A few liquors such as Cointreau, Chambourd, Creme de Cassis and/or Limoncello
Ideas for cheap bubbles:
From Spain: Cristalino Brut NV, Segura Viudas Aria Brut NV, Paul Cheneau Blanc de Blancs
From Italy: Mionetto Brut, Nino Franco Rustico,
From France: Francois Montand Brut NV, Veuve de Ambal Brut NV
From California or Washington: Korbel Brut, Chandon Brut, Domaine St. Michelle Brut
!!TWO SAFETY NOTES!!
1. Never open a bottle of bubbly if its not completely chilled. Spending a holiday in the ER sucks and your friends will mock you every December.
2. Whenever you are making a bubbly cocktail, ALWAYS put the bubbly in the glass FIRST. Then add the juice, booze, etc. Otherwise you end up with a volcano effect that creates a big mess. And more mocking from your friends.
A few recipes:
You know the Mimosa, but mix it up a bit with Blood Orange juice if you can find it. Or squeeze your own if you’re feeling like Martha Stewart.
Fill the glass half way with sparkling wine. Add a dash of Cointreau. Top with cranberry juice. Garnish with fresh mint and fresh cranberries to be fancy.
Fill the glass half full with sparkling wine. Add a dash of Creme de Cassis or Black currant syrup. Top with a splash of Pomagranate juice.
Fill the glass 3/4 full and add a dash or two of Chambourd. Garnish with fresh raspberries to show off.
Remember, wine is a fruit serving. You owe it to your family and friend to see that they get their 3 a day. Have two of these cocktails and your set! 😉