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

Sparkling Wine Cocktails

Wild Hibiscus Royale

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

Preparation:
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.

Makes 1 serving

Photo & recipe courtesy Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup

Kir Royale

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.

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

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

Makes 1 serving

Photo & recipe courtesy Hiram Walker


Chambord Pomegranate Sparkler
  • Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 ounce Champagne or sparkling wine
  • 3/4 ounce Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Finlandia Vodka
  • 1 ounce pomegranate juice

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

Makes 1 serving

Photo & recipe courtesy Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur


Wild Hibiscus Mimosa
  • Ingredients:
  • 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

Preparation:
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.

Makes 1 serving

Photo & recipe courtesy Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup


Wild Hibiscus Champagne Punch (not pictured)
  • Ingredients:
  • 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

Preparation:
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

Makes 1 serving

Recipe courtesy Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup


Champagne Dreams (not pictured)
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 ounce PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 3 ounces champagne
  • Orange wheel
  • Maraschino cherry

Preparation:
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.

Makes 1 serving

Recipe courtesy PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur


Golden Glamour (not pictured)
  • Ingredients:
  • 4 ounces Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne
  • 1/4 ounce Navan Liqueur
  • 1-1/2 ounces passion fruit juice

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

Makes 1 serving

Recipe courtesy Moët & Chandon


Rosato Toast (not pictured)
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 ounces MARTINI Rosato
  • 1 ounce clove-infused simple syrup (get the recipe here)
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • MARTINI Asti

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

Makes 1 serving

Recipe courtesy Martini & Rossi


More Ideas: 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
  • Ingredients:
  • 3/4 ounce pomegranate juice
  • Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Pomegranate arils

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

Makes 1 serving


Ginger-Lime Sparkler
  • Ingredients:
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Domain de Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Lime peel twist

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

Makes 1 serving


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

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

Makes 1 serving


Tangerine Sparkler
  • Ingredients:
  • 1/2 ounce tangerine juice
  • 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Maraschino cherry

Preparation:
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.

Makes 1 serving


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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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