Taste the stars: Add some pizazz to your champagne this holiday season

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Adding in flavors to champagne can turn an average bottle of bubbly into a festive drink. (Stock art)

Adding in flavors to champagne can turn an average bottle of bubbly into a festive drink. (Stock art)

Commentary by Sophie Pappas

Rappers call it champs, others call it bubbly, and your grandmother might refer to it as sparkling wine, but either way you put it, a good bottle of champagne is a staple not only on New Year’s Eve, but also at any sophisticated holiday party.

Dom Perignon said “Come quickly. I am tasting the stars!” when he first invented champagne, and while a bottle of Dom might not need anything to accompany it besides a charcuterie and cheese tray, here are some fun ways to spiff up any cheap bottle of champs this holiday season.

Rosemary and pomegranate

Add fresh pomegranate seeds and a sprig of rosemary to each glass of prosecco or champagne for an herby, yet refreshing, drink.

Berries

Blueberries, raspberries or cranberries can make a glass of champagne look colorful while also adding little bites of fruity flavor. For Christmas morning, cranberries and orange juice make for a more colorful mimosa.

Champagne floats

Add a scoop of mango or tangerine sorbet to the bottle or a glass of champagne to make a champagne “float.” Best served at the end of a meal, since the sorbet makes this drink feel like dessert!

Flavored liqueur or simple syrup

Artisanal simple syrups or add-ins such a ginger liqueur or peach Schnapps can add just a little kick of flavor to an average bottle of sparkling wine.

Mint

Another option to serve with dessert is a glass of champagne with mint leaves and a splash of bourbon. Pairs well with anything chocolate.


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