8 Bubbly Champagne Cocktails To Get You Through The Holidays

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The Holidays are upon us (finally!) Time to get fancy-schmancy with champagne cocktails! Having guests over for NYE? Perfect! Snaz up those champagne flutes with some added booze and berry delights.

Pear, Ginger, Honey and Sage Champagne Cocktail

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What do you need?
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 pears
  • large piece of ginger
  • 10-20 sage leaves – for the drink and garnish
  • 1 bottle of champagne
How do you make it?

First, make the syrup by bringing the honey and water to a light boil; then let it simmer until honey has dissolved. Add in chopped pears, ginger, and sage leaves. Occasionally stir for about 15-20 minutes, then remove from heat and let it sit in the pan for another 10 minutes. Remove the leaves and ginger and you have your simple syrup! Add 1-2 tablespoons to your champagne cocktail for a delicious flavor! You can use the extra pears and sage leaves for garnish.

Champagne with Raspberries and Mint

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What do you need?
  • 1 package of raspberries
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 1 lemon
  • Vodka
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp chambord liquor
  • 1 bottle of Prosecco
How do you make it?

Start by putting 5 or so raspberries and 2 mint leaves in the bottom of the glass, and smash then up a bit with a spoon. Add champagne, a dash of vodka of your choice, a squeeze of lemon juice, and the honey and chambord liquor (if you want). Wa-la! A tasty twist to the average champagne toast!

Apple Cider Sparkler

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What do you need?
  • 8 oz Apple cider
  • 4 oz Rum
  • Apple slices for garnish
  • 2-3 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 bottle of champagne
How do you make it?

Rim the glass – mix the cinnamon and sugar together, and use apple cider to wet the rim of the glass. Pour 1 oz of rum and 2 oz of apple cider into each glass, then fill with champagne of your choice! Use the apple slices as garish.

Rosé Cotton Candy Sparkling Drink

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What do you need?
  • Cotton candy
  • 1 bottle of Rosé
How do you make it?

This one is pretty simple. You can service it 2 ways: First, you can pour in the champagne (about 2/3 full) and place the cotton candy on top. When you’re ready to drink, simply push the cotton candy in the glass and watch the magic unfold. Or – you can put the cotton candy in first, squish it to the bottom, and then pour the rosé over. Either way it’s pretty fantastic. Enjoy!

Pomegranate Champagne

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What do you need?
  • 1 cup of pomegranate seeds
  • 6-8 rosemary sprigs
  • pomegranate juice
  • 1 bottle of champagne
How do you make it?

Another super delicious and easy champagne cocktail to whip up! Add a spoonful of pomegranate seeds to the bottom of the glass, along with about 1 oz of pomegranate juice. Add champagne and a sprig of rosemary, and you’re done!

Grapefruit and Gin Shaker

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What do you need?
  • 8 oz grapefruit juice
  • 4 oz gin
  • 2 oz honey
  • 1 bottle of champagne
How do you make it?

Shake up the honey, gin and grapefruit juice in a martini shaker. Pour over champagne. Drink. Repeat.

Blackberry Ombre Bubbly Cocktail

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What do you need?
  • 1 package of blackberries
  • 1.5 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 rosemary sprigs for garnish
  • 1 bottle of champagne
How do you make it?

Another simple syrup recipe! To make the syrup, bring 1 cup sugar, water, 1 cup of blackberries to a boil. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and take out the chunks of blackberries. Use the rest of the sugar to rim the top of the each glass. Let everything cool first before putting it in the flutes. Add about 4 tbs of the syrup mixture to the bottom of the glass. Top with champagne, and garnish with a rosemary sprig and some blackberries! And they look so festive!

Champagne with a Touch of Lavender

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What do you need?
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbp dried lavender
  • 4 lavender sprigs for garnish
  • 1 bottle of champagne
How do you make it?

Lavender simple syrup! Bring the water, sugar to a boil, and then add in the dried lavender once the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool, and then separate out the lavender. Pour in 1-2 tsp of the mixture to each glass of champagne and garnish with a lavender sprig!

Stay Inspired!

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6 Steps to a Chic Nautical Labor Day Party

Gold Anchor

Gold Anchor Decoration

Ahoy Mateys! Labor Day means a few things: Kids go back to school; a paid vacation day (thank goodness it’s on a Monday!); time to reflect on how darn hard you’ve worked all year thus far (by not working); and sadly Summer is over. Done. Finished. Adios. Sayonara! If you haven’t taken that tropical vacay with your besties you probably won’t till next year. Sorry to say. BUT the universe has given you one more chance to be a star. To impress your friends. To be the neighborhood party-planning hero. To party like a Captain. Party like you are the Captain of a boat. Party like seersucker makes up your entire wardrobe; and Sperry’s are the only shoes that you will let touch your feet. Gather your crew from all corners of the city and sail off into the sunset with hopes of champagne wishes and caviar dreams. Here’s how.

 

Step 1 – Accessorize the Main Deck

Deck out your place with wooden Captain’s wheels, star fish, ship rope, sea shells, sand, anchors, etc. Here are some great ideas:

Captain's Wheel Decor

Captain’s Wheel Decor

Step 2 – Lay Out Your Linens

Use light, fresh colors to cover your tables. Also Martha Stewart suggests to use seersucker linens as napkins for easy clean up.

Table Linens and Decorations

Table Linens and Decorations

Seersucker Napkins

Seersucker Napkins

Step 3 – Mix Up Your Cocktails

Create champagne cocktails to make your guests feel like billionaires on your yacht (or backyard). Here’s a great list of 18 different champagne cocktails to serve up for your crew.

Champagne Cocktail

Champagne Cocktail

Step 4 – Catch Your Feast

The catch of the day. The only meal fit to be served at your Nautical Labor Day Party. Endless amounts of fresh, glorious seafood.

Seafood Feast

Seafood Feast

Step 5 – Light It Up

If you are on a beach or near the water – perfect. If not, the backyard bonfire pit will do just fine. Light up a huge bonfire and just relax with all of your buds. Sing Kumbaya. Soak in the memories. Reminisce about the Summer. Enjoy this evening. Savor this night.

Sunset Bonfire

Sunset Bonfire

Step 6 – Time to Say Bon Voyage

Send everyone off with a little memento. Here is a great Nautical themed linen bag. Fill it with things like salt water taffy, life savers, and other fun sea inspired gifts.

Nautical Swag Bag

Nautical Swag Bag

As you dry your tears – mourning the loss of Summer – just remember that it will be back. Here in the Midwest it will be a long, harsh wait. But that’s what makes our Summers so great. They may short lived – but we sure do appreciate and take advantage of those beautiful, breath-taking Summer sunsets.

Stay Inspired!

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