Thursday, December 31, 2015

Recipe of the Week: Sparkling Wine Cocktails!

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2016!

If you are hosing a party tonight, I've got two sparkling wine cocktails for your New Year Eve celebrations!


Sparkling Wine and Orange Granita


4 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
1/4 cup superfine sugar
Elder-flower liqueur such as St Germain
2 bottles of Sparkling wine


Combine the orange juice and sugar, and stir until sugar dissolves.  Transfer to an 8 inch square baking dish.  Freeze, scrapping around sides and breaking up any lumps with a fork every 30 minutes, until evenly frozen, 2 - 3 hours.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Granita can be made 1 day ahead and keep in the freezer until ready to serve.

Spoon 1/2 cup granita into each glass, and add 1/2 teaspoon liqueur.  Top off with sparkling wine.

Ginger Sparkler


2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 cup sugar
1 bottle sparkling wine


Set a fine mesh sieve over a small bowl.  Set aside.  In a small sauce pan, boil ginger, sugar and 1/4 cup water until syrupy, about 2 minutes.  Pour through sieve into bowl, discarding solids.  Syrup can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Pour 1 tablespoon syrup into each glass and top with sparkling wine.