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You don't have to splurge on the bottle of sparkling, but make sure it's of good enough quality where you'd likely drink by itself. I always use Segura Viudas Brut Reserva since the bottle is under ten dollars, and just as tasty served alone.
Traditionally, the ratio for a mimosa is one part sparkling wine and one part orange juice, but I always pour my orange juice into a glass jug and just let my guests make their own so they can have it to their liking, since really there is no wrong way! Get the recipe for this hair of the dog by reading more.
- It begins like any other winemaking procedure: the grapes (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay) are harvested, pressed, and the juice is placed in vats.
- Next yeast is added. The yeast reacts with the sugar in the grapes, and this produces alcohol. This takes about six months. At this point, the wine is flat. Thus begins the second fermentation process that turns it into bubbly.
- Sparkling wine: A catchall term used for any bubbly without a specific regional designation, this is often applied to American wines.
- Champagne: Sparkling wine produced in the French region of the same name. The "Champagne" definition was protected by the Treaty of Versailles, but since the US never officially signed it, some older American producers use the Champagne name, too.
- Cava: Spain's contribution to the sparkling family is named for the cellars in which it is produced.
- Prosecco: A sparkling wine produced in Italy, mostly in the Veneto region.
Read on for a closer look at all the adjectives you may see on a sparkling wine label.
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.
- 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?
The next time you're feting the holidays, why not raise your glass with a sophisticated French 75? This citrusy cocktail — which stars two of our favorite things, Champagne and gin — promises to be clean and crisp on the palate. Watch our latest edition of Happiest Hour to learn how to make the refreshing sparkler.