If you want to make your holiday party stand apart from all the others - I say, “Bring on the bubbly!” and serve a signature champagne or sparkling wine cocktail!
Yes, it requires a tad more effort than corking a bottle of wine, but champagne and sparkling wine are not only widely available, but also very affordable.
For swank drink recipes, channel champagne and sparking wine guru Maria C. Hunt, aka “The Bubbly Girl,” whose motto is, “It’s always better with bubbly!” From her book, “The Bubbly Bar: Champagne & Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion” (Clarkson Potter), you’ll learn how to create delicious cocktails by mixing sparkling wines with everything from rum and gin to seasonal fruit and handcrafted syrups to create delicious drinks that will impress your guests. Not only should you order “The Bubbly Bar” for yourself, it’s a unique hostess gift or stocking stuffer for friends who love cocktails and entertaining. And it’s even better with a personalized inscription from the author when you order it from her online!
Any mixer recipe you can imagine can be found in the book – from Bubbletinis to Happy Ending (dessert) cocktails, along with a guide to purchasing champagne and sparkling wine by brand, region and price. Serve up a classic like the Kir Royale (champagne and cassis) or be more daring and offer a Ginger Snap (sparkling sake and gingerroot). But if you are feeling extra fancy and are in need of a custom cocktail for your party, contact The Bubbly Girl directly and she will dream up a signature drink just for you and your guests. She has created custom cocktails for weddings and celebrities, (including floral and event designer Preston Bailey) and for a New Year’s Eve champagne dinner at the famed U.S. Grant Hotel.
Go ahead, put a little sparkle in your drink and have a bubbly holiday! - Christina Q. Cross