Articles Tagged: sparkling wine

Champagne Cocktail Picks for New Year’s Eve

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Champagne cocktails are a festive and fun way to welcome the New Year. You’ll already have some bubbly on hand, so here are a few ways you can fancy it up for 2012:

    Death in the Afternoon — Absinthe and champagne, a simple and sophisticated combo
    Sparkling Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail — Drop a hibiscus flower into your Champagne for a beautiful presentation and light floral flavor
    Lemon Herb Sparkler — Galliano liqueur and Meyer lemons

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Gifts For The Last Minute Shopper

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The holidays are upon us and almost over. We have come up with lists of wine, booze and books to buy friends and foes for the holidays. In you are in need of last minute gifts, check out our recommendations.

When money is no object and your friend has it all, check out the wines on Wine Lists To Make Santa Cry.

If you want a great wine but don’t want to break the … Read more

Five Strange Sparklers For Christmas

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In Twas The Night Before Christmas, it was sugerplums that danced in the children’s head. But, when I think of Christmas, I think of ham dancing across the dinner table. Ham seems to be as ubiquitous to Christmas as Turkey is to Thanksgiving. That got me thinking, what wines would go well with ham. Since Christmas is such a festive holiday, I wanted the wine to be festive as well. And, what could be more … Read more

Ginger Bubbly

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It’s time for Champagne! Add a little ginger kick to your sparkling wine to celebrate the holidays. This sparkler is festive yet simple, so it’s perfect for Christmas and New Year’s.

Happy Holidays from Drink of the Week!

Ingredients:
1/2 oz ginger syrup*
4 to 6 oz sparkling wine

Directions:
Pour ginger syrup in the bottom of a Champagne flute or coupe, the top off with sparkling wine to taste.

Ginger Syrup*

Ingredients:
1/2 cup … Read more

Wines To Gift Without Breaking The Bank

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The holidays are here! Today is the second night of Hanukkah with Christmas and Kwanzaa just around the corner. Plus, don’t forget New Year’s! We know that the rush to buy gifts for family members, friends and co-workers is in full swing. One short week after that, the pressure is on to bring a great bottle of wine to your New Year’s party. These wines are a great answer to your holiday gift giving quandary … Read more

The House of Taittinger – High/Low Weekend

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Our apologies for getting High/Low Weekend up a bit late, but these suggestions are great for the entire holiday season!

I jokingly tell people that I am a huge fan of anything that sparkles! But, I really love sparkling wine and jewelry (I know, join the long line of women that love those sparklers). Notice that I don’t say I love Champagne but that I love sparkling wine. This is because the world of sparkling … Read more

Fresh Apple Spritzer

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Ingredients:
1/2 oz Zacapa Rum
1 oz sparkling wine
1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz simple syrup
3 drops apple cider vinegar
Spritz of Allspice Dram

Directions:
Combine Zacapa Rum 23, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and apple cider vinegar into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a coupe glass. Top with sparkling wine and an atomized spritz of Allspice dram.

Courtesy of Zacapa Rum.… Read more

Last Minute Wine Recommendations for Thanksgiving

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We know that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We also know that you might be freaking out if all of the wine shops and liquor stores have closed for the day and you haven’t been able to get wine for Thanksgiving dinner. In most states, you can head off to your local grocery store (if you live in a state where you have to buy from state-owned stores, there isn’t much we can do … Read more

Pilgrim’s Pumpkin 75

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Champagne cocktails and Thanksgiving go hand in hand. The light and refreshing bubbles are a good match for the heavy food! Get in the spirit with this pumpkin adaptation of the French 75 cocktail.

Ingredients:
1 oz gin
1 1/2 oz  pumpkin puree
2 pinches pumpkin pie spice
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Sparkling wine

Directions:
In a cocktail shaker with ice, vigorously shake the gin, puree, spice, lemon juice and … Read more

Pear-Ginger Champagne Cocktail

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This simple and light champagne cocktail is perfect for Thanksgiving, the day of thanks and heavy foods! The seasonal flavor and ginger zing will complement the food without filling you up. Also: there’s no better way to celebrate than with a little something sparkling.

Juice the pears yourself for a little DIY enhancement! For more tips on creating your own champagne cocktails, check out our book DIY Cocktails.

Ingredients:
1 oz pear juice
1/2 oz … Read more

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