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TIP OF THE DAY: Red & Green Champagne Cocktails

If your Christmas cocktail of choice is a fizzy one, you don’t need to spring for costly Champagne. Consider more affordable bubblies:

  • Asti Spumante and Prosecco from Italy
  • Cava from Spain
  • Crémant from France
  • Espumante from Portugal
  • Sekt from Germany
  • Sparklers from Austria, New Zealand, South Africa, the U.S. and other countries
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    You can also serve red bubblies such as Italian Brachetto and Lambrusco or sparkling Shiraz.

    All can be made with ginger ale cocktail for non-drinkers and kids.

    For Christmas, the two sparkling cocktails below have a red or red and green color palate. Both are named for great Italian artists:

     

    What’s more Christmassy than a sparkling red cocktail? Photo of the Rossini Cocktail courtesy Chandon USA.

     

  • The great 19th century Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, author of “The Barber of Seville” and other memorable music
  • Tiziano Vecelli (Titian), the greatest Venetian painter of the sixteenth century and the father of modern painting
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    RECIPE: ROSSINI COCKTAIL

    Ingredients For 4 Cocktails

  • 6 ounces strawberry purée
  • Chilled Prosecco or other sparkler
  • Champagne flutes
  • Garnish: whole strawberry or blackberry (not frozen)* or three green grapes on a toothpick
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    *Ideally the strawberry leaves will be green and perky. If the leaves are wilted, remove them and optionally combine the strawberry with a mint leaf on a cocktail pick or colored toothpick.

     


    The Tiziano Cocktail has a bonus treat:
    frozen grapes. Photo courtesy Harvard
    Common Presss.
      RECIPE: TIZIANO COCKTAIL

    Ingredients For 4 Cocktails

  • 6 ounces white grape juice (not grape juice cocktail)
  • Chilled Prosecco or other sparkler
  • Frozen green and/or red grapes
  • Champagne flutes
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    Preparation

    1. Add three or four frozen grapes to each flute glass.

    2. Pour 1½ ounces of grape juice into each flute.

    3. Fill the glasses almost to the top with Prosecco. Serve.
     
    RECIPE: KIR ROYALE

    This deep red cocktail is one of our favorites at any time of the year.

    Ingredients

  • Creme de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur
  • Sparkling wine
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    Preparation

    1. ADD cassis to taste to the bottom of the flute or tulip Champagne glass.

    2. GENTLY POUR the sparkling wine down the side of the glass. Stirring breaks the bubbles, so the better option is not to stir (if you must, stir once, very gently).

    7 VARIATIONS ON THE KIR ROYALE

    Each is more delicious than the next. Check out the easy recipes.

      




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