Break Out the Bubbly: Sparkling Wine Cocktail Ideas
Sparkling wine is the ultimate start to a fun, festive cocktail. Try these ideas from Food Network Magazine.
For each drink, combine 1 tablespoon Aperol or Campari, 3 tablespoons blood orange juice and a dash of orange bitters in a shaker with ice; strain into a glass. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with an orange slice.
Port of Call
Muddle 2 thin orange slices with 1 tablespoon port wine and 2 dashes orange bitters in each glass. Top with sparkling wine.
Pour 1 tablespoon limoncello into each glass; top with sweet sparkling white wine (such as Moscato d'Asti). Garnish with lemon twists.
For each drink, muddle 4 tablespoons pear nectar, a sprig of rosemary and 4 dried cherries in a cocktail shaker; let steep 30 minutes. Strain into a glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with more rosemary and some pear slices.
Heat 1 cup each water and sugar in a pot, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add 4 hibiscus tea bags and steep, off the heat, 15 minutes; chill. Pour 1/4 cup orange juice into each glass; top with sparkling wine and 2 to 3 tablespoons of the hibiscus syrup.
Put 2 sugar cubes in the bottom of each glass; add 3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon twist.
Long Winter Snap
Simmer 2 cups apple juice with a pinch each of cinnamon, cloves and ginger in a small pot over medium heat until reduced by half; chill. Pour 3 tablespoons of the mixture into each glass. Toss slices of red and green apple with lemon juice; add to the glasses. Top with sparkling wine.
Combine 2 tablespoons each Lillet and pomegranate juice and 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds in each glass. Top with sparkling rosé. Garnish with a mint leaf.
Mix 1 1/2 tablespoons bourbon and 1 tablespoon orange-flavored liqueur in each glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with an orange twist and a maraschino cherry.
Put a few mint leaves in each glass. Add 2 tablespoons elderflower liqueur (such as St-Germain) and a few pink peppercorns to each. Top with sparkling wine.