12 Days of Christmas – winter white edition
Day 3 – cheery champagne cocktail
champagne signature drink coming right up!
Whenever I think of a special occasion, my mind immediately wanders to champagne! And while it is great to pour a glass of the plain bubbly to enjoy, it is especially exciting to make a cocktail with it! I have always loved to serve a signature drink when my family and friends come over. From time to time it is really fun to plan a celebratory drink with champagne. Specifically, a bubbly mixture with some fresh fruit popped in the top of the glass. I have served pomegranate, raspberry, and orange versions, so I was ready for a change this year…. and boy did I discover one!
did someone say rosemary infused syrup??
The first thing to remember about any signature drink, is that you are probably going to need a simple syrup to jazz things up. I decided to infuse the syrup with some fresh rosemary sprigs instead of just a “simple” sugar and water mixture. I knew I was on to something the minute my kitchen filled with the fabulous smell of rosemary bubbling away on the stove.
secret ingredient alert…
As you are aware, I love to tease my family and friends with a secret ingredient quiz. It is so fun to see what everyone guesses what it could be, and it is also a great ice breaker at a dinner party! I decided to experiment with some tequila for my secret cocktail ingredient. I know!! Champagne and tequila…suddenly this cocktail was becoming more interesting.
and one beautiful raspberry!
After the rosemary syrup had steeped and cooled, it was ready to be mixed with the champagne and tequila. A generous squeeze of lemon juice helped to break the sweetness, and brightened the other flavors of the cocktail. The final ingredient for this special drink is ginger ale. A perfect bubbly, not too sweet, effervescent addition to my new favorite cocktail. A simple raspberry was the final perfect touch to put all of your guests in a festive mood. In other words, pop a bottle and make a toast to the holiday season!Print
cheery champagne cocktail
a bubbly effervescent champagne cocktail with a touch of tequila and rosemary infused syrup!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes + cooling time
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: a very large pitcher of champagne cocktail
- Category: drink
- Method: cook top
- Cuisine: holiday
Rosemary infused simple syrup:
2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 cups water
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
2/3 cup of rosemary infused simple syrup
6 TB tequila
2 bottles of champagne ( you may also use prosecco )
1–2 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice
2–3 cups of ginger ale
fresh raspberry garnish for the top if desired
Combine rosemary simple syrup ingredients in a medium sized pan
Bring to a boil
Lower to a simmer, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved
Remove from heat and COOL COMPLETELY
In a large container mix the champagne, tequila, lemon juice. and cooled rosemary infused syrup, and ginger ale
Pour in champagne glasses and top with a fresh raspberry