Sure, you can have a straight glass of bubbly during the holiday season, but gals love a good cocktail, especially when there is sparkling wine involved. Update your old mimosa routine by serving bubbly with pomegranate seeds, kumquats, and frozen blueberries, to name a few. Or, if you're looking for something sweeter, why not try a cake Champagne cocktail and rim the glass with colorful sugar crystals? Take a look at these six Champagne cocktail ideas, and start popping those corks.
If you've never tried crack pie, then crccooks offers a recipe for re-creating it.Made famous by NYC's Momofuku Milk Bar, crack pie has gained an international following. This adapted version of the original includes the insanely delicious Belgian spread, Speculoos! One bite and you can't stop . . . you're hooked.
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If I have my way, I'll be including it in cheese plates throughout the holiday season (and for months to come), and if you'd like to do the same, it can be found at Whole Foods, starting tomorrow, Dec. 26.
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The sparkling cocktail is surprisingly light and sweet, and you can munch on the wine-soaked apple slices once you've drained the flute. If you're prepared to be sent to a temporary dream state, see the sparkling cocktail recipe now.
- Use berries: Drop a few fresh raspberries or blackberries in your glass for a fruity addition. The delicate champagne bubbles will get trapped in the berry, and you'll be left with a fizzy treat at the end of your drink. Pomegranate seeds are another great option, as they float really sweetly among the bubbles.
- Make a champagne cocktail: This classic libation involves a sugar cube, bitters, and just a touch of Armagnac.
- Play with interesting liqueurs: A bit of cassis transforms a glass of champagne into a kir royale. Play around with your favorite liqueurs, like St-Germain or crème de violette, to create memorable drinks.
- Create a sugar rim: Get crafty with your champagne glass by using sanding sugar. Colorful sugar rims are unexpected and playful.
- Make a strawberry garnish: A strawberry and a sprig of fresh mint can make a lovely garnish — one that makes any occasion even more celebratory.
How do you like to fancy up your glass of bubbly?
Want your holiday helpings table to be something your guests will remember? In our first episode of YumSugarTV's Extra Helpings, host Brandi Milloy offers a behind-the-scenes look at a FabSugar Lookbook party, where she created a festive yet polished dessert bar in minutes. Follow Brandi's tips so you, too, can create a polished tablescape — without buying anything new. Don't forget to share your tabletop decorating ideas with us below!