Posts Tagged ‘Holiday sparkler’

French 75, Anniversary cocktail

(A year ago, we launched our site with this cocktail, a lovely integration of bubbles, gin, citrus, and a touch of syrup. We’ll gather the ingredients tonight for a celebration.) The French 75 was the first in a series of drinks named after military artillery pieces. This caliber of cannon saw service with American soldiers […]


Celebration Punch, Mother’s Day cocktail

Happy Mother’s Day. We offer a light, sparkling wine punch for the celebration. Please note: you should make the special ice first thing in the morning, though you can use regular ice cubes. There is a non-alcoholic version of the punch below. Celebration Punch 1 cup orange juice 1 cup water 1 bottle chilled Champagne […]


Epiphany, holiday sparkling cocktail

To end our run of Yule season drinks, here is reworking of a traditional Champagne cocktail incorporating a splash of Campari, a main-stay on the list of Italian-produced bitters. This variation with its dash of color keeps the holiday spirit bright. Epiphany Sugar cube Dash of Angostura Bitters Chilled dry Champagne or sparkling wine 1/2 […]


New Life, a revisionist cocktail

There is a standing sparkling cocktail served at Absinthe, a San Francisco bar and restaurant, called Death in the Afternoon. We have reworked it a smidgen and, as a drink to start 2014, also are renaming it. New Life 1/2 ounce pastis Chilled sparkling wine Lemon spiral Pour pastis into a chilled champagne flute or […]


Royal Pegs, a pair to end the year

With a nod to male and female monarchs, here’s a simple way to dress up Champagne drinks for the end of the year celebration. The ice is key for keeping the drinks cold. Royal Pegs Queen’s Peg 1/2 ounce gin 4 ounces chilled Champagne Place a large ice cube in a wine glass (or two […]


Mango Morning, a holiday starter

A sip of sparkling wine, dressed with bitters and a little tropical fruit, seems a fit and indulgent drink for the holiday morning. The bags of cubed mango in the grocery freezer is a great substitute for a fresh mango. This recipe should serve 8. A non-alcoholic version, Mango Mocktail, substitutes sparkling cider for the […]


Elvis, a blue Christmas cocktail

Blue? At Christmas? Why not. Who said the only year-end holiday colors are red and green? Curacao is a spirit-based liqueur flavored with bitter orange peel. Usually colorless, blue Curacao is created with food coloring to dress up drinks. Colorless or blue, the flavor is the same. Our blue Christmas Elvis is a fun, deceptively […]


Yule Jewel, pomegranate accent cocktail

The Yule Jewel is a deep pink-to-purple sparkler with rich fruit flavor. Chambord is a Cognac-based liqueur flavored with raspberries. It is often sold in miniature bottles, if you want to avoid the cost of a full-sized bottle. To get pomegranate seeds, buy a pomegranate, score the fruit into quarters and submerge it in a […]