Monday, December 31, 2007

Last Minute Bubbly Cocktail Party

Sure it's the 11th hour for New Year's Eve celebrations, but don't we all entertain that way these days?

This morning on San Diego's NBC 7/39, I did a live segment on how to create a fun interactive bubbly cocktail party with elements from your local grocery store. I actually spent about 30 minutes at Trader Joe's, picking up all the elements. The idea is to put together several complementary flavors of mixers and garnishes and let guests make their own drinks. Be sure to set out a shot glass so people know what they're doing!

Start by frosting the glasses with lemon sugar.

Add 1 ounce liqueur like:
Cointreau or Grand Marnier
St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur or Lychee Vodka
Chambord or Raspberry Eau de Vie

Add 3 ounces of a fruity mixer:
Lemonade Concentrate at double strength
Tangerine Juice
Sparkling Cranberry Juice

Top off with 2 to 3 ounces favorite brut bubbly: Chandon Brut Classic
Fantinel Prosecco
Segura Viudas Aria Brut Cava

Garnish with assorted fruits and herbs:

Cheers and have a safe New Year's Eve!