Many people take their bubbles straight. But for those who plan to entertain with a little pizzazz, here are five ways to dress up sparkling wines during the holidays.
1. Add to the flute 2 to 3 pomegranate seeds for a dash of flavor, color and festivity.
2. Including dried cranberries or one dried strawberry has a similar effect. Best of all, they plump up as they become infused with bubbly, so they’re delicious after you finish sipping.
4. Channel your inner Ernest Hemingway and add Absinthe for pale green sipping. Check out his famous “Death in the Afternoon” cocktail recipe here.
5. For something red instead of green, add the liqueur Chambord. Raspberries or blackberries in this cocktail insure total decadence.
And why should adults have all the fun? For some non-alcoholic sparkling "mocktails," buy Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider. Kids (and those not drinking alcohol) can still enjoy a sparkling cocktail by adding POM pomegranate juice to the glass.