Holiday Bubbly Cocktails
By: Isabella Cirelli
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Make your cocktails SPARKLE this holiday season. Add a splash of our “Flying by the Seat of Our Pants” Brut to elevate any holiday drink or simply enjoy by itself! Get the party started by mixing up either one (or both) of the cocktails below. Celebrate the holidays right way by making sure to have one of these tasty bubbly cocktails in hand.
Grapefruit and Sage Bubbly Cocktails
For the Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 bunches of fresh sage leaves
For the Cocktails
Pink grapefruit juice
Sage simple syrup
“Flying by the Seat of Our Pants” Brut or other sparkling wine
Fresh sage leaves
Make the simple syrup
Combine the sugar and water over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to simmer and the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the sage and cook for 30 seconds more. Then remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to cool. Once the simple syrup has cooled to room temperature, remove and discard the sage. Transfer the simple syrup to a clean container and store it in your refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
Make the cocktails
For a single cocktail, vigorously shake 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) grapefruit juice, 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) of the sage simple syrup and 2-3 dashes of bitters in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass. Top with about 1/2 cup of chilled “Flying by the Seat of Our Pants” Brut. Garnish with fresh sage leaves, if desired. Serve immediately.
Sparkling Pear, Raspberry, and Pomegranate Sangria
2 pears, sliced
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
A handful of raspberries
1/2 cup St. Germain
1 bottle of our Sauvignon Blanc or other white wine
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 bottle of our “Flying by the Seat of Our Pants” Brut or other sparkling wine
In a large pitcher, combine pear slices, pomegranate, raspberries, St. Germain, pomegranate juice and Sauvignon Blanc. Let sit in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to let the fruit soak and flavors blend.
Before serving, pour in our “Flying by the Seat of Our Pants” Brut. Serve over ice with plenty of soaked fruit. Garnish with additional fruit.