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I love drinking champagne but, to be honest, it goes STRAIGHT to my head. So even though it tastes so yummy on its own, I usually have to mix it with something, or else I’m one drink & done. When I was planning my Galentine’s Day party last month, I wanted to serve champagne but something different than the standard mimosas and bellinis (because champagne is a necessity at any adult princess party). I reached out to my friends at Freixenet and Segura Vidas to see if they would like to help me make some special recipes for my event. I was so thrilled with what they sent me! Of course I had to do a taste test of each bottle (for science!) to help me decide what kind of cocktails to create for my party.
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut – This had a bit of a sharp bite at the end; it was very good!
Freixenet Cordon Negro Rosé – Very sweet and yummy; was great on its own or with the mixers.
Segura Viudas Brut – This one seemed the most “champagney” (technical term) to me. It was dry but sweet. Mr. BFT and I actually drank the leftovers while watching the Oscars because we are very fancy.
I decided to pair the Freizenet Cordon Negro Brut with hybiscus syrup and flowers, because it had so much flavor on its own. It just needed a little extra sweetness from the hybiscus flower.
For the “Princess Punch” I served for the party, I combined raspberry lemonade (from Fresh & Easy) and Blood Orange Italian Soda (from Trader Joe’s). I kept this in a pitcher so the young princesses and designated drivers could enjoy a non-alcoholic drink in their champagne glasses. Other guests mixed either the Freixenet Cordon Negro Rosé or the Segura Viudas Brut with the punch for a sparkly, fun drink! The combo of the lemonade and the soda is VERY sweet, but adding the dry champagne cuts it down a little.
Both drinks were a big hit with my guests! Either of these champagne cocktail recipes would be a great option for a party, bridal shower, or even as a special toast for a wedding.
One part raspberry lemonade
One part blood orange soda
One part champagne (or to taste)
Place about a teaspoon of hibiscus syrup in a champagne glass.
Carefully place a hibiscus flower on top of the syrup.
Pour champagne over the flower. Add more hibiscus syrup to taste.
Thank you again to Freixenet and Segura Viudas for helping me serve a little sparkle at my Galentine’s Day party!