To keep it simple, I usually like to serve one signature cocktail when entertaining for the evening. Because I love champagne, I recently setup a self-service champagne bar when hosting game night at our house.

DIY Champagne Bar

This is an easy, festive, and colorful idea for an evening in, or a special party occasion (maybe a bridal or wedding shower). The idea is you provide the champagne (or in this case, Spanish cava) and extra ingredients that guests can use to customize the taste to their preferences.  You can add as many or as few ingredients as you want to the bar.

I kept it pretty simple with just a few items:

  • Lime wedges
  • Pink rock candy
  • White candy pearls
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Peach puree

Some prefer their cocktails a little sweeter and some prefer tart so it’s nice to have a mix of both.  You can also add other liqueurs for an extra kick and flavor (St. Germain would be nice!) Give it a try and enjoy!
-J

 

If you are into craft cocktails at all you’ve probably seen St Germain as an ingredient on the menu quite often.  St. Germain is a liqueur made from French elderberry flowers. The Coopers Spirit Co. originally introduced the drink in 2007 to fanfare and many accolades.  The flowers are harvested during just a few weeks in spring and each bottle of St. Germain is individually numbered to reflect the year the flowers were picked.  While the company says it has hints of pear and citrus, whenever I smell it I get notes of lychee!  While I don’t think it has the same taste as lychee, it certainly has the aroma.   It is a unique, lovely taste and I’ve been adding it to my favorite bubbles whenever I can.

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I’ve found it’s really wonderful combined with a couple of key ingredients and it’s very simple to quickly mix up a refreshing cocktail or two.

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3 oz cold Cava
1 oz cold St Germain
squeeze of fresh lime

Combine all  ingredients in wine glass and serve.

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1 oz St Germain
1 oz your favorite gin
squeeze of fresh lime
Your favorite sparkling water

Combine first three ingredients (don’t forget the fresh lime, it’s important!) and mix well.  Pour over ice and top off with  3 to 4 ounces of sparkling water to taste.

After you take your first sip, let me know what you think!
-J

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