You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday! 

Hey Dolls! Happy Sunday! The summer months are all about fresh fruit to me. So, why not combine it with our favorite libation – Champagne! Two weeks ago we did Champagne Popsicles. Today, I bring you Champagne + Strawberry Ice Cubes! Peep the mixology below.

Champagne + Strawberry Ice Cubes

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The Ingredients.

  • Ripe Fresh Strawberries, Slices or Diced
  • Champagne or Your Choice of Sparking Wine – Cava, Prosecco, or Brut
  • Ice Cube Molds or Trays – Regular Molds or Heart Shapes

The Mixology. Fill the ice cube trays with the diced or sliced strawberries. Carefully pour the champagne/sparkling wine over the fruit into the trays. Freeze for about 4-6 hours or until solid enough to remove (exact time will vary based on the temperature of your freezer). The champagne ice cubes will not freeze 100% the way water would, but will be solid enough to remove and use in drinks. Serve and enjoy!

Chin, chin!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

 

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You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday …

Hi Dolls! Happy Sunday! I know I am getting this post to you late; but honestly it’s been that type of week. Today’s Champagne Sunday cocktail is one that we will try together. I am a fan of old Hollywood movies – black and whites, fabulous frocks with a snatched waist and shoulder pads, the perfect slap across face for a ill-behaved cad; I love it all. So when I came across a Champagne cocktail named the Ingrid Bergman, I immediately put it on the list. 


Note: For the younger set not familiar with Ms. Bergman, please Google her and spend a rainy afternoon watching one of her movies – start with Casablanca.

Anywho, peep the mixology below for the Ingrid Bergman. I will update the post once I try the recipe. 

The Ingrid Bergman


The Ingredients 

1 Dash Grapefruit Bitters

1 Dash Absinthe 

1/2 Ounce Lemon Syrup

1/2 Ounce Cedrat

1/2 Ounce Beer Distillate 

Top with Champagne 

The Mixology. Stir ingredients with ice. Strain into a flute. Top with Champagne. Garnish with grapefruit zest. Serve and enjoy!

Leave a comment and let me know if you tried the Ingrid Bergman. 

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday …

Good morning Dolls! Yesterday, one of my most fabulous girlfriend’s, Michele J., hosted Dolls for an afternoon luncheon at her beautiful home. Not that we needed a reason to get together, but we had much to celebrate – two new jobs, a wedding, a daughter’s wedding, election into an organization’s office. From her home, the meal, and gift bags, everything was perfectly appointed. 

Once we finished our meal, Doll Michele shared that she had a treat for us. And did she! Champagne Popsicles! When I say they were everything! Words cannot describe! When I arrived home last night, I immediately texted to asked her for the recipe and could I share for Champagne Sunday! Of course she said yes. Peep the mixology below for Champagne Popsicles!

Doll Michele’s Champagne Popsicles

I so enjoyed my popsicle, I forgot to take a picture of how pretty they were outside of the mold. Pretty and absolutely tasty!

The Ingredients 

  • Your favorite Champagne 
  • Simple Syrup
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Silicone Form

The Mixology. Make a simple syrup (1 part water and 1 part sugar) in a sauce pan. Add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil to mixture and bring to a simmer. Pour into popsicle form, fill 1/3 with simple syrup and 2/3 champagne. Place in freezer for 3 hours then place sticks into the center and return to freezer for another 3 hours. Best if made in a silicone form. 

Enjoy and serve.

Peep the pic below for an idea on how you can serve Doll Michele’s fabulous Champagne Popsicles at you next soiree!


Image | Pinterest 

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hey Dolls! Happy Sunday! I don’t know about “your neck of the woods,” but it is unseasonably warm on the East Coast. High 60’s yesterday and we are expecting the same today. I’m loving it; but know that it won’t last. Nevertheless, my mind drifted to a summer cocktail. Something befitting the warm-ish weather. Peep the mixology below for the Cucumber-Mint Sparkler.

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Ingredients

  • 1-inch piece of seedless cucumber, finely chopped
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice (that’s the juice from about half a lime)
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • 2 teaspoons mint simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 3 ounces Prosecco or champagne
For the Mint Simple Syrup:
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
For Garnish:
  • 3-4 slices cucumber
  • 1 sprig fresh mint

The Mixology. First, you’ll need to make the simple syrup. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water and mint leaves to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, swirling the saucepan occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool completely before using.

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the chopped cucumber with the lime juice. Add the vodka, simple syrup and a few ice cubes, and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty. Strain into a glass filled with ice (I like crushed ice for this), and top with Prosecco. Garnish with the cucumber slice, mint prig and enjoy! Salut!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

Courtesy Photo: Domesticate-Me

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hi Dolls! Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Today is an unofficial national holiday for sports fans. I hope everyone has plans for a fun-filled evening watching the big game, halftime show and commercials. Today’s Champagne Sunday doesn’t have a sports theme, but you can certainly serve this cocktail to your guests while they cheer on the Altanta Falcons or New England Patriots. Peet the deets below for the S’mores Martini. By the way, leave a comment and let me know who you a cheering for today – Matty Ice” and the Falcons or Tom Brady and the Patriots?

S’Mores Martini

Ingredients.

For Glass

  • Marshmallow fluff
  • Graham crackers, crushed

Martini

  • 1 part vodka (I love using Chocolate vodka)
  • 1 part Kahlua or coffee liqueur
  • 2 parts heavy cream
  • A dash of chocolate syrup (or chocolate liqueur)

The Mixology.  Coat the rim of a martini glass with marshmallow fluff, dip into crushed graham crackers then lightly toast the rim using a kitchen torch.

In a cocktail mixer, combine all the ingredients with some ice cubes. Shake well until frothy. Strain cocktail into prepared glass. Garnish with three toasted marshmallows on a skewer. Serve and enjoy!

What will you be sipping during the Super Bowl?

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

Image: Blahnik Baker

You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

bar-cartHey Dolls! We are four days out and many of us are preparing to take planes, trains and automobiles to Thanksgiving celebrations with friends, family and loved ones. If you’re not traveling, you may be hosting, preparing to receive guests, and making last minute lists that include fresh turkey, crown roast of lamb, and cranberry  sauce.  

In addition to the T’day staples, don’t forget to stock you bar with the necessary liquors and mixers to serve your guests fabulous cocktails throughout the holiday weekend. 

I truly appreciate the aesthetic of a beautiful bar cart. Peep the must-haves below for the perfectly stocked bar. 

Vodka for vodka tonics, screwdrivers, and the vodka martini. Try Tito’s – $19.99; Grey Goose – $34.99;  Ketel One – $39.99.

Gin for martinis, gin and tonics, Tom Collinses, etc. Try Gordon’s – $11.99; Hendrick’s – $31.99.

Bourbon for Manhattans, old fashioned, and whiskey sours. Try Knob Creek – $29.99; Booker’s Bourbon – $56.99. 

Rum for daiquiris and mojitos. Try Mount Gay Eclipse Silver – $18; Flor de Caña Rum Centenary 12-Year-Old – $34.

Tequila for margaritas, sunrises, and palms. The best tequilas are made from 100 percent agave; check the label. Try Patron Silver – $45.

Whiskey or Scotch for Manhattans, old fashioned, and whiskey sours. Try Glenmorangie Single Malt – $40.bp_0307_barware_hd

You’ll also need the appropriate barware to mix your cocktails. Think ..

Ice bag
Bar spoon
Muddler
Jigger
Cocktail shaker
Strainer
Ice Cube Trays

And don’t forget your mixers – Cointreau, Red Vermouth, White Vermouth and Bitters.

Be sure to pick up Club Soda, Tonic, and an assortment of juices. To ensure you have enough, grab the half-gallon jugs. Finally, don’t forget your lemons, limes, cherries, cocktail rimmers, plenty of ice and serve! 

For cocktail parties, allow for a pound of ice for each guest, as well as three drinks, three glasses, and three napkins per person for a two-hour party.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

Image: Nicole Gibbons – Pinterest

You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Happy Sunday Dolls! I know it’s late, but I couldn’t let the day, or night, go by without giving you a light libation to try this week. Given the week to which we are thankfully saying goodbye, I thought it appropriate to find a future-thinking cocktail for us to try. This week, I give you “Hope!” Peep the mixology below.

The Hope Cocktail

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The Ingredients.

  • 1 1⁄2 oz Bourbon
  • 1⁄2 oz Cognac
  • 1⁄2 oz Amaro Montenegro
  • 1 t Mandarin orange liqueur, Mandarine Napoleon
  • 1 ds Orange bitters

The Mixology. Nothing difficult here. Stir straight up in a cocktail glass. Add a mandarine (or orange) twist and serve. Chin, chin!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD