Take a Bottle of Bubbly…

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.

–Erica Martinez

–How are you celebrating Oscar Night?


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