Summer parties call for light, refreshing drinks, and sparkling wine is a great base for a myriad of cool cocktail options.
Lifestyle expert Shoana Jensen suggests combining either sparkling wine, cava, or prosecco with flavoured vodkas, fruit juices, or liqueurs to create a drink that you and your guests will love.
Don’t be afraid to experiment, but it’s important to keep a few things in mind.
Purchase an inexpensive bubbly for these drinks — the finer notes of expensive Champagne will be lost in these drinks.
Consider the little touches. Whether that means a few frozen grapes at the bottom of the glass standing in for ice cubes, or the use of 100% natural fruit juice instead of a sugary variety, those considerations will add elegance to the drink.
Don’t forget about the non-drinkers. Offer them virgin versions of your cocktails by subbing in club soda or tonic water. Better yet, create one or two special drinks for them.
Grape-flavoured vodka (1oz) — (or choose your favourite flavour)
Sparkling wine, cava, or prosecco
White grape juice
Add 1 oz vodka to the bottom of a champagne flute or wine glass.
Fill the rest of the glass with a 50/50 mixture of sparkling wine and juice.
Add a few frozen grapes to the glass to help keep the drink cold.
Sparkling wine, cava or prosecco
Splash of cassis
Fill flute with sparkling wine.
Top off with a splash of cassis.
Sparkling Kiwi-Cran (non-alcoholic):
Kiwi-cranberry juice, or your favourite flavour of fruit juice (use a 100% natural juice, not one with artificial sweeteners)
Mix together one part club soda and one part kiwi-cranberry juice in flute or wine glass.
Raspberry compote (crushed raspberries)
Mix together one part club soda, one part tonic water in a flute or wine glass.
Add a spoonful of raspberry compote to give the drink some colour and an additional flavour element.
What’s your favourite way to use sparkling wine? Add your ideas in the comments below.