Easy champagne-type cocktails
Quick, light, sparkly, fruity, inexpensive, and oh, so delicious! What could be better?
Create your own stylish and bubbly cocktail for friends—in a flash. Use as an aperitif, when guests first arrive. Or serve it to those who want to toast and sip, but also keep it light.
Instead of buying costly champagne, try sparkling prosecco (Italian) or cava (Spanish) wine.
Here's the quick trick:
Pour about 1 ounce of almost any fruit-yummy liqueur into a lovely champagne flute and then slowly pour in 4 or 5 ounces of prosecco or cava. (Don't stir—you'll lose the bubbles!) Then garnish with berries, cherries, or an orange slice.
Some delicious liqueur choices:
- Grand Marnier—orange (or Triple sec, if you like it sweeter)
- Marie Brizzard—blackberry
- Cherry Heering—cherry
- Créme de cassis—black currants
- Apricot brandy—apricot
Also experiment with peach schnapps, Applejack, and Amaretto. You and your guests are sure to like at least several of these combos.
Prefer a non-alcoholic version? Mix and match seltzer with frozen fruit concentrate or juice. Frozen apple and orange juice concentrates work well. Cranberry juice adds a festive color, and anything with pomegranate juice will be trendy!
Want a keep-on-hand solution for last-minute non-alcoholic cocktails? Keep a bottle of grenadine on hand. Mix a splash of grenadine with ginger ale and garnish with a cherry. (Shhhhh...Don't tell anyone, but that's the "Shirley Temple" that made us feel so grown-up when we were kids. It's still delicious!)
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