It seems only right to break out the bubbly at this time of year. In a few weeks, we won’t be able to enjoy our back porch without first slathering on a bottle of bug spray, lighting 15 citronella candles and hooking up the bug zapper. OK, we may live in the South, but we honestly don’t have one of those.
Since I’m breaking out the bubbly, I’d like to make a toast to ChefMom over at Eat, Play, Love. She recently gave me the Versatile Blogger Award. She’s passed the award onto a number of other worthy bloggers. Her list is here. She got the award from some great bloggers, Kay aka BabyGirl at Pure Complex and Alison at Happy Domesticity. Alison, along with Genn at Cadencies, also gave me the award. Here’s my list. Update! Samina Cooks gave me the award too, her list is here.
Now, onto the bubbly. Here are four ways to enjoy a nice cava or prosecco, something you didn’t spend a fortune on. A nice bottle is always better straight up.
Drizzle a little Chambord or limoncello in the bottom and fill the rest with the bubbly. (Those two are in the center.) On the left is a different spin on a mimosa. Use equal parts grapefruit and orange juice and add desired amount of sparkling wine. Or put some mixed-berry puree in the bottom of your glass. Although, if it’s shaped like ours it may not mix well, not that we make mistakes we rather enjoy trying to slurp puree from such a thin stem. Try a more traditional flute or GASP! a wine glass. No one will think any less of you.
- 1 pint strawberries
- 6 ounces raspberries or blackberries or combination of two
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp Chambord (optional)
Blend berries, sugar and lemon juice in blender until pureed. Place sieve over a bowl and pour mixture through to strain seeds. You’ll need to help it along with a spatula. Once strained, stir in Chambord if desired.
um, wow. what a way to do bubbly with style! and that cork-mosaic tray is fab fab fab!
Congrats on the award! Those champagne cocktails look amazing and, coincidentally, I am in charge of some type of champagne drink for a bridal shower on Saturday…thanks for the drink help!
i love everything about this picture! …i’d love to drink all of it, as well!
As I’m currently in France, I have to add the classic Kir Royale – tablespoon of creme de cassis at the bottom…
Trust me, I’ve enjoyed a few since we got here!
I’ll raise a glass to all of your treats tonight!
I fell in love with your photo! Want to try all those variations. Yay for strawberries 😀
Super delicious for a summer garden party. 😉
These all look and sound great! I hope you enjoyed them all! (Thanks for the shout out!)
Aw shucks! Cheers to you as well. 😉
I love the recipes. I think I’m going to try the limoncello and the mixed berry puree. Hubby is wrapping up some work soon – perhaps we’ll toast to that. 🙂
On a side note – did you guys make that serving try with old corks? I’ve been looking for a way to use mine up. Last year we made a trivet and I just lined the edges of a clock with them…still have more though and I like the tray a lot!
Katherine made that years ago, I can tell by the wine corks from Temecula. (near San Diego) I think she got it online, but it’s been so long. She also has done cork reindeer ornaments and wine cork wreaths. Some places also sell corkboards too.
Temecula was our first winery adventure years ago. Our favorite was Wilson Creek. 🙂 I think I’m going to have to find a way to make this tray. The reindeer ornaments sound adorable too!
Wow, awesome bubbly! I can’t wait to try this!! Thank you for the toast!
This looks delicious – and what a beautiful shot you captured!
They all look so pretty! Great idea for upcoming Mother’s day! I like your cork tray too!
I just love your story telling style and your stunning pictures. Going to try some of your drinks…for sure.
Thank you! I’m trying to post a drink about this time every week, hint, hint.:)
My boyfriend saw this post and now he wants me to make these for him 😛
This picture turned out beautifully and I really like that cork tray!
You’re getting off easy. These are pretty simple to make. Glad you both like them.
Love, love, love this! I’m am such a fan of Champaigne/Cava/Prossecco cocktails! Drinks before Noon all around! And Chambord is such deliciousness.
I tried these for the first time on New Years for an alternative to champagne at our brunch ~ did a berry puree, peach puree, then just some OJ (mimosas) ~ very tasty! It really is a great versatile drink, plus it’s fun to let everyone make their own drink by adding the fruit of their choice!
Oh peach. In a few more months definitely will try that.
I will drink some bubbly now and I don’t drink lol. I loved receiving this award from you so it’s only right you get it back as many times as you can :).
Thanks, next week we have a non-alcoholic drink. Just for you!
Oh my. I do the same berry puree but with moscato d’asti for even more sweetness.
I think I’ll do that WITH peach!
Ooh–I like the idea of limoncello and sparkling wine. We usually break out the limoncello as it gets hot here–and it’s 90 degrees right now, so it’s time.
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I am learning so much about the spirits from your blog, these sound great….RaeDi
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