Articles Tagged: sparkling

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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Mojito and Collins Picks for the End of Summer

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Summer is on its way out but that doesn’t mean it’s time to whip out the hot drinks and sweaters just yet. The weather here hasn’t quite gotten the memo about the season change, so I’ve been inspired to drink collins- and mojito-style cocktails: tall, cool, light and sparkling.

Here are my picks for refreshing cocktails perfect for any season … but especially satisfying during this transition time:

Cucumber Basil Collins: Cucumber-infused gin and … Read more

Nectarine and Honey Cocktail

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Fall may be approaching, but that doesn’t mean the end of fresh fruit in your cocktail! This simple sparkling drink is good in a heat wave or autumn breeze, so drink up.

You can try this with your favorite fruit. We love nectarines, but plums, peaches, cherries, or apricots would also taste great with honey.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz vodka
1 oz honey syrup (half honey, half warm water)
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 nectarine, … Read more

Mother’s Day Blackberry Champagne Cocktail

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No Mother’s Day brunch is complete without a champagne cocktail! This blackberry champagne cocktail is beautiful and brightly colored, with fresh blackberries lending a purple hue. No matter what you serve, this refreshing cocktail will look great next to it.

Ingredients: 
¾ oz blackberry simple syrup*
1-1.5 oz gin (depending on how strong Mom likes her drinks)
Sparkling wine
Fresh blackberries for garnish

Directions:
Put two blackberries in a champagne flute. Pour in blackberry simple … Read more

Paloma

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Margaritas are a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. But they’re not the only way! Here’s one of my favorite tequila cocktails, the Paloma. This cocktail is a tall, cool and not too sweet. Tequila, lime and grapefruit juice (or soda). So nice on a hot day.

Ingredients:
2 oz tequila (blanco or reposado)
1 oz lime juice
4-5 oz grapefruit juice or soda
1 pinch of salt

Directions:
Build in a tall glass … Read more

Tequila Tangerine Dream

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This cocktail combines the delicate flavors of tangerine and lavender with the kick of tequila. The unique and slightly salty flavor of tequila really comes through. With Cinco de Mayo coming up, you may even consider this as a light and slower-drinkin’ addition to your party menu. You can substitute rum for a slightly sweeter taste any time of year.

Ingredients:
1 tangerine (½ for juice and ½ for tangerine slices)
2 sprigs fresh lavender… Read more

Lemon Verbena Spring Fling Cocktail

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Now that spring is in full bloom, it’s time to take advantage of all the fresh cocktail ingredients available to us!

I used fresh lemons and lemon verbena along with Tru2 Organic Gin, which is highly recommend for this cocktail (and others, for that matter). Lemon verbena has a flavor that is like a mild mint with a lemony finish, so we thought it would be perfect for muddling and mixing. And I was right.… Read more

Apricot Fizz

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If you’re loving the summer farmers market as much as we are, this is a drink for you! Apricots in the store are often hard and sour.

We used the homemade cherry bitters from this recipe. It’s a super-easy recipe, but you can definitely substitute store-bought cherry bitters. If you use commercial cherry bitters or another type of bitters, such as Angostura, be aware that they will be a little stronger and so you will … Read more

Raspberry Sparkler

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The 4th of July may be over, but refreshing red cocktails are here to stay! This drink gets its bright red hue from raspberries, Campari and blood orange soda. The combination of bitter and sweet is enhanced with the subdued smoke of tequila reposado.

We used Cabo Wabo tequila and blood orange Italian soda from Whole Foods, but there are a variety of brands that will do the trick. If you can’t find blood orange … Read more

Cucumber-Basil Collins

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A tall, cool collins is my favorite weapon against a hot day. This cocktail was an excuse to use the gin I infused with cucumbers and the basil I’ve been growing in a container on my deck. And it was the most refreshing, satisfying drink I’ve had in a long time. The cucumber gin was extremely easy to make and adds a lightly sweet flavor to the cocktail.… Read more

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