Cocktails

Bubbly Cocktails

When I entertain, I generally like to have a cocktail available for my guests.  I think it makes the occasion feel special and fun.  I usually set up a little area with the ingredients and directions and let people make them themselves.  I learned pretty quickly that buying cocktail ingredients was expensive.  Then I discovered the beauty of the champagne cocktail.  And when I say “champagne,” I actually mean cheap sparkling wine or prosecco from Trader Joe’s (no more than $5 is the right price.)  Most champagne cocktails I have found usually consist of one type of liquor, some champagne and juice or something similar.  WAY cheaper than other types of cocktails which can have like 3 different liquors leaving you broke and very sad.  This epiphany made me feel like a genius.  Cheaper and yet it SEEMS more expensive.  We have decided to share some of these cocktails with ya’ll today so that you can all be geniuses too.  You’re welcome.  All the cocktails we will be sharing only have one type of liquor/liqueur each along with champagne and some other jazz you can pick up at the grocery store.

 It kills me that this is my favorite picture of our cocktails but two of the signs are in front of the wrong cocktail.  Disregard this.

To indulge our literary sides, we decided to have a little cocktail party for some of our favorite star crossed lovers, Heathcliff and Catherine and Romeo and Juliet.   We decided we wanted our party to be fun and cheery cause all these fools needed to majorly lighten up.  We made them some simple personalized champagne flute markers and some sparkly stir sticks.  To make the stir sticks we took streamers and hot glued them to shortened bamboo skewers I had.  Then, because we got sick of waiting around for our guests of honor to show up, we went ahead and drank them our ownselves.

I bought this book a year or so ago at Anthropologie (what don’t I buy there?) and I am sharing it with you today for no other purpose than it is adorable.  And has super cute cocktail recipes.  You should have it for your own.  They divide the recipes up by ingredients which is awesome.  The fun illustrations by an artist named Kat Macleod are the best part.  And the fact that it’s pink. Two of the recipes we used are from here.

Here are all the recipes we used:

For Heathcliff:

Blackberry Champagne Cocktail (serves 4) – We decided Heathcliff definitely must have liked blackberries.

– 4 blackberries

– 1/4 cup triple sec

– 4 sugar cubes

– Angostura bitters as needed (this can be bought at nice grocery stores inexpensively ($7) but I found it at Super Target)

– 1 bottle Champagne, Prosecco, or other dry sparkling white wine chilled

In a small, nonreactive bowl, combine the blackberries and the triple sec and let stand for 15 minutes or so to let the fruit macerate.  Place 1 sugar cube in each of 4 flutes and add 1-2 dashes of bitters to each.  Spoon a marinated blackberry into each flute.  Top with champagne and serve immediately.

Recipe from here.

For Catherine:

Elderflower Champagne Cocktail

– Champagne

– St. Germain

– Whatever berries or other garnish you would like.  We had strawberries so that’s what we used.  I have also seen a recipe use cucumber and mint. Yum.

Pour flute 3/4 full with champagne and add a splash of St. Germain along with your berries or whatever.  Drink up Catherine.

For Romeo:

A Goodnight Kiss (for obvious reasons)

– Drop of Angostura bitters

– sugar cube

– 4 oz. Champagne

– splash of Campari

Place a drop of Angostura bitters on a sugar cube and place in flute.  Add Champagne and Campari.

Recipe from “The Cocktail” by Jane Rocca

For Juliet: 

Champagne Royale (because she was supposed to be royalty)

– Splash of black raspberry liqueur (I used Chambord)

– 6 oz. Champagne

– fresh raspberries to garnish (we didn’t have these – oh well)

Pour liqueur into a flute, then slowly fill with champagne.  Garnish with raspberries.

Recipe from “The Cocktail” by Jane Rocca

Together again and more delicious than ever. 🙂

Cheers!

  1. Stephanie G

    Will have to try with rasberry liq. and almond liq.

  2. Lauren Tate

    Yummy Yum. I would like to attend a cocktail party with Romeo & Juliet.

  3. Katie

    Yummy. I could use one right. about. now!

  4. Megan

    Mrs. G, that sounds delicious.
    Katie, we will be drinking some birthday cocktails tonight!
    La, we can definitely arrange that. Only they better show this time. Jerks.

  5. Taylor

    Heehehe. This made me giggle after crying at the Wedding Ceremony post. Yall are so funny. These look delicious! I like the fancy sticks. This makes me want to come to Huntersville for a hang out sesh verrrrrry soon.