You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hi Dolls! It’s Sunday and on Sundays we drink champagne. Today’s Champagne Sunday Cocktail is perfect for the cool, crisp autumn days and nights we are experiencing on the East Coast! Peep the deets below for the The Harvest Sparkle! Don’t you just love the name!

The Harvest Sparkle

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Ingredients. 

Cider Honey Syrup.

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup orange juice

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Large Batch/Pitcher (Serves 18)

  • 2 1/4 cups whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 1/2 cups of the cider honey syrup (entire batch)
  • 2 1/4 cups prosecco, champagne, or sparkling white wine
  • 9 sprigs of rosemary

Single Cocktail

  • 1 ounce whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cider honey syrup
  • 1 ounce prosecco, champagne, or sparkling white wine (or enough to top off the glass)
  • 1/2 sprig of rosemary

The Mixology. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk the honey, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and orange juice together until it starts to bubble. Remove from heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.

In a pitcher or shaker, mix the honey syrup and whiskey together with a good amount of ice so that it is completely chilled. Strain into a different pitcher or serving glass. (Note: caution that you don’t let the honey and whiskey mixture sit in the ice for too long so that it doesn’t get watered down.)

Keep refrigerated.

Just before serving, add Champagne or Prosecco to top off the glass and garnish with a ½ sprig of rosemary. Serve and enjoy!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

Source: Fed + Fit

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday …

Hey Dolls! Welcome to Champagne Sunday! Just a heads up that not every recipe contains Champagne. CS is just a reminder to celebrate successes from the previous week, while looking toward the promise of the upcoming week. 

Since the 4th of July is three days away and we’ll all be grilling, I thought it appropriate to bring a cocktail to you that incorporates use of the grill – Grilled Citrus and Grapes Sangria. Sound yummy, yes?!

Peep the mixology below.

Ingredients

3 cups stemmed seedless red grapes

2 oranges, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch wheels

2 lemons, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch wheels

Two 750-milliliter bottles rosé

8 ounces simple syrup (see note)

8 ounces brandy

Ice

The Mixology.  

Light a hardwood charcoal fire. Put the grapes on a perforated grill sheet or in a grill basket and grill over high heat, tossing occasionally, until they just start to burst, about 6 minutes. Transfer the grapes to a plate to cool completely.

Meanwhile, grill the orange and lemon wheels over high heat, turning once, until lightly charred, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool completely.

In a large pitcher, combine the wine with the simple syrup, brandy and grilled fruit and stir well. Refrigerate until the sangria is chilled and the flavors are blended, at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours. Serve the sangria over ice.

Notes To make simple syrup, combine equal amounts of sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil; simmer, stirring constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat and let cool completely. The simple syrup can be refrigerated in a glass jar for up to 1 month.

Serve and enjoy! Chin, Chin!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

Source: Food & Wine

You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Happy Sunday Dolls! It’s cold and blustery on the East Coast and the Winter White Cosmopolitan seems appropriate for gazing out of the window watching the beautiful light dusting fall under the street lamps. Peep the details below for the mixology.

The Winter White Cosmopolitan

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Vodka (I used Cranberry Vodka but plain is fine)
  • .75 oz Cointreau
  • 1 Tbsp St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1.5 oz White Cranberry juice

For Garnish: 3 to 4 Frozen or Sugared CranberriesMint

The Mixology. Combine ingredients over ice in shaker tin. Shake & strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with frozen or sugared cranberries and a sprig of mint. Salud!

What do you sip on cold winter evenings?

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

Image: Creative Culinary

You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday! 

Happy Sunday Dolls! It’s no surprise that today’s post is Halloween inspired. While your little, or not so little, ones are Trick-O’-Treating – assuming you don’t have to chaperone – enjoy the evening while sipping on a glass of “Rich’s Brew.” Peep the mixology below.

Rich’s Brew

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The Mixology. Place five to six large ice cubes in a large wine glass. Add two to three slices of blood orange. Finish with chilled Veuve Clicquot Rich and serve in your most ghoulish wine glass. Chin chin!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hi Dolls! Has it been that long? I know, I know it really has. I’ve had quite a few life changes that have required my immediate attention, most pressingly, nurturing a new entrepreneurial effort. I’ve also spent a great deal of time thinking about changes and updates I’d like to bring to The Pretty Domestic. Stay tuned!

In the mean time, I confess to truly missing my Dolls. So, until I share the deets re: The Pretty Domestic 2.0, let’s get back to business. It’s Sunday, and you know what that means, “You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday,” the Fourth of July Edition! Peep the mixology below for some patriotic cocktails fit for the perfect holiday soiree. Whether you are going to an epic pool party, spending the day at the club, or grilling at home for family and friends, a Doll has you covered. Peep the mixology!

Fourth of July Wine Sparklers

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Ingredients 

  • 2 cups watermelon stars
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 bottle chilled dry white wine such as Fumé Blanc, Chenin Blanc, or Vinho Verde
  • 1 liter chilled lemon lime soda, such as a SodaStream mix, Sprite or 7UP

The Mixology. Place the watermelon stars and blueberries in the bottom of a 1-gallon pitcher. Pour in the white wine and soda, and gently mix to combine. Serve with a few fruit pieces in each cup.

Star Spangled Martini

Star Spangled Martini

Ingredients

  • 4-5 muddled raspberries
  • 2 oz {1½ shots} of citrus vodka
  • ½ oz of lemonade
  • 1 oz blue curacao
  • For Rim: Granulated sugar

The Mixology. Dip the rim of a martini glass in a shallow dish of water, then into granulated sugar to create the sparkly rim. Carefully muddle the raspberries in the glass, crushing until broken down. {Alternatively, you can do this in a sturdier glass and transfer the raspberries over to the martini glass with a spoon.} In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine citrus vodka and lemonade. Shake until frosty and pour over raspberries. Hold a spoon upside down over the glass close to the liquid. Carefully and slowly pour chilled blue curacao over the back of the spoon. It should create a separate layer on top of the vodka. Serve immediately.

Patriotic Gin + Tonic

Patriotic Gin and Tonic

Ingredients

  • 2 Shots Gin
  • Tonic
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Water

The Mixology. Place blueberries and raspberries ice cube tray, keeping them separate. Use 3-5 blueberries and 1-2 raspberries per ice cube depending on the size of your ice cube tray. Fill ice cube tray with water and freeze. Once frozen, place ice cubes in glass layering the blueberry cubes at the bottom and the raspberry cubes on top. Use about 3 of each type of ice cube per glass, this may vary based on the size of your glass. Pour gin over ice. Fill glass the rest of the water with tonic.

Uncle Samgria

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Ingredients

  • one bottle of Chardonnay
  • one bottle of sweet, fruity wine (we used a strawberry wine)
  • two cans of Sprite Zero
  • blueberries
  • raspberries

The Mixology. At least two hours in advance of the soiree, combine the two bottles of white wine in a pitcher. Add your desired amount of fruit. I prepared our sangria six hours before the party, and I used a fruit infusion pitcher to create a striped effect with the blueberries and raspberries. Let the sangria chill in the fridge. Right before serving, add the two cold cans of Sprite Zero. Pour yourself a tall glass and enjoy!

For an extra dash of patriotism, rim your cocktails with red, white or blue sugar.

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Cheers to the Red, White & Blue!

Until Then, Keep Sharing the Pretty!

The Pretty Domestic

Sources + Images: Kitchn; HonestCooking; Tasty Bev; Life’s Ambrosia