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Sparkling Wine Cocktails

Sparkling wine cocktails are a great choice to serve at a casual get-together or as an aperitif at a dinner party. They're easy to make, not overly strong and can accomodate a wide range of flavors.

Sparkling Wine Cocktails

Here are a dozen recipes to get you started, but feel free to improvise and invent your own combinations.


Wild Hibiscus Royale (pictured far left)

1 Wild Hibiscus Flower
1/4 ounce natural rose water
2/3 ounce Wild Hibiscus Syrup
Mint leaves
Champagne or sparkling wine

Muddle the mint in the champagne flute &discard. Stand the Wild Hibiscus Flower in the bottom of the glass, add rose water and some slightly bruised, torn mint leaves. Top with champagne.

Slowly drizzle in the Hibiscus syrup which will settle at the bottom and give the drink a gradient effect. The flower will open in the bottom of the flute over 3 to 4 minutes.

Photo & recipe courtesy Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup


Kir Royale (pictured 2nd from left)

1 part Hiram Walker Crème de Cassis
4 parts chilled Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Pour the Crème de Cassis into a champagne flute, top with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

History: The Kir Royale is a popular French cafĂ© cocktail named for Félix Kir, the mayor of Dijon from 1945 to 1968. A variation that uses raspberry liqueur in place of the blackcurrant is call Kir Impérial.

Photo & recipe courtesy Hiram Walker


Chambord Pomegranate Sparkler (pictured 3rd from left)

1-1/2 ounce Champagne or sparkling wine
3/4 ounce Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
1/2 ounce Finlandia Vodka
1 ounce pomegranate juice

Shake all ingredients but champagne with ice and strain into flute glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Photo & recipe courtesy Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur


Wild Hibiscus Mimosa (pictured far right)

1 Wild Hibiscus Flower
1 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 ounce pink grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce Wild Hibiscus Syrup
5 ounces dry sparkling wine
Grapefruit zest

Place the flower in a champagne flute. Shake next 3 ingredients with ice and slowly strain into champagne flute. Top with dry sparkling wine. Garnish with a long strip of grapefruit zest.

Photo & recipe courtesy Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup


Wild Hibiscus Champagne Punch

5 ounces St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
5 ounces pink grapefruit juice
2-1/2 ounces Wild Hibiscus Syrup
1 bottle Brut champagne or dry sparkling wine
Wild Hibiscus Flowers

Mix the ingredients in a punch bowl with large block of ice. Place one Wild Hibiscus Flower at the bottom of each champagne flute with long grapefruit zest.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Recipe courtesy Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup


Champagne Dreams

1 ounce PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 ounce orange liqueur
1 ounce fresh orange juice
3 ounces champagne
Orange wheel
Maraschino cherry

Assemble the first three ingredients in a cocktail glass with ice, then strain into a champagne flute. Slowly pour in the champagne and garnish with an orange wheel and a cherry.

Recipe courtesy PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur


Golden Glamour

4 ounces Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne
1/4 ounce Navan Liqueur
1-1/2 ounces passion fruit juice

Combine all ingredients in a champagne coupe. Top with fresh sprig of mint for garnish.

Recipe courtesy Moët & Chandon


Rosato Toast

2 ounces MARTINI Rosato
1 ounce clove-infused simple syrup
1 ounce lemon juice
MARTINI Asti

Pour MARTINI Rosato, simple syrup and lemon juice into a champagne flute. Stir and top with MARTINI Asti.

Recipe courtesy Martini & Rossi

Editor's Note: To make the clove-infused syrup, combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 cup water in a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is clear. Add 10 to 12 whole cloves, reduce the heat to low and simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool thoroughly. Discard the cloves. Syrup will keep tightly covered and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.



Get Creative - How to Make a Basic Sparkling Cocktail

The basic formula for making sparkling wine cocktails is very simple. Pour 3/4 ounce of juice or flavored liqueur in the bottom of a champagne flute, top with your favorite bubbly (about 4 ounces) and garnish as desired. Below you'll find a few combinations to get your creativity flowing.


Pomegranate Sparkler

3/4 ounce pomegranate juice
Champagne or sparkling wine
Pomegranate arils

Pour the pomegranate juice into the glass. Fill with Champagne, stir gently and garnish with a few pomegranate arils.


Ginger-Lime Sparkler

1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce Domain de Canton Ginger Liqueur....
Champagne or sparkling wine
Lime peel twist

Pour the lime juice and ginger liqueur into the glass. Fill with champagne and add the lime peel twist for garnish.


Elderflower Sparkler

3/4 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Champagne or sparkling wine
Grapefruit peel twist

Pour the elderflower liqueur into the glass and fill with Champagne. Garnish with the grapefruit peel twist.


Tangerine Sparkler

1/2 ounce tangerine juice
1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
Champagne or sparkling wine
Maraschino cherry

Place the maraschino cherry in the bottom of the glass. Add the tangerine juice and maraschino liqueur. Fill with champagne and stir very gently to combine.


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Happy new year Lynn and Erika - may 2014 be festive and bright! Thanks for all the great recipes!

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