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