There are two types of people in this world: those who care about Oscar night and those who don’t. I fall into the first group. I don’t just care, I anticipate it. Which is why it’s completely nuts that the Academy Awards snuck up on me this year. I haven’t planned a thing! I have no doubt that Sunday night will include something yummy and special to eat, but as of now, I couldn’t tell you what that will be. One thing I’m sure of, however, is that sparking wine will make a cameo have the starring role.
If you plan on watching the Oscars this Sunday and want to celebrate – even just a little – then I suggest any one of these classic cocktails made with sparkling wine. Each recipe makes 1 cocktail.
Bellini – Pour 2 oz peach juice, peach nectar or peach puree into a champagne flute. Slowly top with 4 oz of sparkling Moscato. *Since peaches are not in season, I recommend frozen peaches which are picked and prepared at the peak of their ripeness. Defrost before pureeing them.
Kir Royale – Pour 1 ½ Tbsp crème de cassis or Chambord into a champagne flute. Slowly fill to the top with sparkling Moscato or Rose Spumante.
Champagne Cocktail – place a sugar cube on the bottom of a champagne flute and soak it with 3 dashes of bitters. Fill glass with sparkling Moscato and garnish with a lemon twist.
French 75 – Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 2 oz gin, 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 2 tsp sugar and shake until chilled. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with sparkling Moscato and garnish with a lemon twist and a cocktail cherry.
Simple and classic, but perfect for Oscar Night: Garnish glasses of chilled sparkling Moscato or Rose Spumante with slices of starfruit.
–How are you celebrating Oscar Night?
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