Just a few more days and it will be 2018! I can’t even believe how quickly this year flew by. Well, I’m ready for a few drinks Sunday night and I have just the cocktail for it… The Pear Sparkler, aka the perfect New Year Cocktail! Did you know that the pear is very symbolic for the New Year?
In ancient China, people believed that pears represented immortality and prosperity because pear trees live for a long time. In Korea, the pear symbolizes grace and nobility. The pear is also a symbol of affection in many cultures, for example in some Christian contexts, the pear symbolizes the Virgin and Child.
The pear symbolizes so many great things, so why not drink it this New Years Eve?! And when you say cheers and think of your resolutions for the year to come, remember all of those words… Prosperity, Grace, Nobility and Affection.
Photos by Riley Starr Photography
Calligraphy by Blot & Dot
Of course we had to use our favorite bubbly, One Hope! They have this amazing new shimmer bottle that I am obsessed with!! Now, for the recipe for this yummy New Year Cocktail…
To make the Rosemary Simple Syrup, bring water and honey to a boil in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, until the honey dissolves.
Remove from heat and then add the rosemary sprig.
Let steep for 2 hours.
Remove rosemary sprig and cool in the refrigerator until ready to use.
To make the drink, add 1 ounce of the syrup and 1 ounce of pear puree to a champagne glass.
Top the glass off with champagne and then add a sprig of rosemary as a garnish.
Serve immediately. Cheers!
We have just 4 more short days until Christmas! It sure came up notably fast this year. I still have some holiday shopping to do! eek! Now, it wouldn’t be the holidays without a little Christmas cocktail. This year, I wanted to do something pretty classic and simple. And, this cranberry sparkling rosé holiday cocktail is a no fuss, just straight to the point kind of cocktail. Having people over for any holiday is stressful, so sometimes simple is the way to go. Fewer the ingredients, fewer chances of forgetting something, you feel me? Plus, I’m pretty sure you would have all these items already for your holiday feast.
Photos by Erin Milnik
This 4 ingredients sparkling cranberry rose is the perfect holiday blush cocktail!
I N G R E D I E N T S
Organic cranberry juice
Organic orange juice
A good sparkling Rosé
(I love One Hope Wine)
sugar cubes (optional)
D I R E C T I O N S
Now, the sugar cubes are an option, it adds some sweetness to the cranberry cocktail. Rosé can also be sweet, so I would recommend you do a trial cocktail to see how you like it before serving to your guests.
Place one sugar cube in the bottom of 8 to 10 chilled champagne flutes. Pour 2 tablespoons cranberry juice into each glass. Next, fill each glass with sparkling rose wine or champagne. And then add a splash of orange juice. Lastly, garnish with a couple cranberries. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Also, this is best when you can serve immediately.
Tis the season… To drink some wine!!! Some of the best parties of the year are during the holiday season. Everyone is ready for a good stress free night of good food and good wine! Today we teamed up with the ladies from Argaux to share wine pairings with our favorite Christmas songs! How fun is that?! Wow your guests with this fun list they created for our readers, and better yet you can purchase the set straight through them! Another plus, each bottle is hand picked and amazing and under $35!
Photos by Riley Starr
Here’s a little bit from the ladies behind Argaux, Arden & Margaux…
Here at Argaux, when we think “Holiday Wine” we think versatility. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party and need wine pairings or looking for a hostess gift, it’s important to have a variety of good quality, affordable wines to choose from. In this case, we’ve paired some of our favorite holiday vines with some of our go-to holiday jingles!
Pairing wine with music is a unique spin on your holiday party. The right song can drastically change how each wine tastes in your glass and it’s an easy way to elevate your next party no matter what time of year…
Each wine is paired with a song based on the mood and personality the song and the wine convey. High tone vs. low tone, brass instruments vs. the piano… these sort of elements in any given song contribute to the way the song feels… or… the texture of the wine… see for yourself!
You can purchase the Beijos Holiday Pack here!!
How cute is this set up?! I think any guest would be excited to join this party! Keep reading for a little more about each wine pairing…
NV Henri Goutorbe Champagne Rosé: I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas – Lake Street Dive
Delightful • Jovial • Bubbles dancing on your tongue
This wine is striking. Pretty on the nose with layers of red fruit aromas and violets. On the palate this wine is velvety and energetic. 75% pinot noir and 25% chardonnay. This champagne is refreshing and classic. The Goutorbe family had been producing estate-bottled champagne since the 1940’s. Today the family owns 25 hectares planted with pinot noir, chardonay and pinot meunier.
2013 Château de Brézé Clos David: Run Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry
Bright • Friendly • Classic
This is the wine that turned her onto Chenin Blanc! Coming from arguably some of the best vineyards in Saumur, Château de Brézé was once coined Chenin de Brézé. These are wines that were once poured among the royal courts of Europe. Margaux and I were able to meet winemaker Arnaud Lambert in 2016. Arnaud poured an outstanding lineup of still white and red in addition to Château de Brézé and Domaine de Saint Just Crémant de Loire.
What stood out the most during our visit was how Arnaud talked about the wines. When he talks about the wine he’s really talking about the geology of the land that makes up the clos of Brézé. I asked him how he knows when to pick the grapes for harvest. He told me, “When you start to make wine, you make wine to make wine.” For the past two years during harvest he has tasted the berries every day, twice a day, imagining what the wine will be.
2015 Wonderland Project White Queen Chardonnay: Santa Baby – Gwen Stefani
Familiar • Sultry
The Wonderland Project founded by sommelier Matt Ahern is filling a void. Finally, there’s a high quality chardonnay made from high quality fruit at an approachable cost. The White Queen was previously available at a mere few restaurants. Now, Argaux represents The White Queen and Two Kings Pinot Noir. Both are top selling wines year round!
2014 Amy & Peter Made This Pinot Noir: Baby It’s Cold Outside – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Baking Spice • Traditional • Cozy
Amy & Peter are the dynamic duo behind Black Sheep Finds, producing this Pinot Noir among other notable red blends under labels such as Hocus Pocus and Genuine Risk. Together they manage everything from harvest to managing their tasting room in the Wine Ghetto. There’s a beautiful balance to this wine. Think refreshing, classic pinot noir with a hint of spice.
2015 Salcheto Chianti Colli Senesi: Cool Yule – Louis Armstrong
Snazzy • Charming
Part of being sustainable means being innovative. Salcheto, a winery based in Montepulciano, Tuscany, is making delicious wines all while respecting Mother Earth and the land their grapes come from. Not to mention, the value is incredible. What is “Natural” wine?
Essentially, a natural wine minimizes the carbon footprint by eliminating the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. The Salcheto vineyards are all certified organic and even more impressive…the winery is entirely powered by solar. You’ll notice a calculated label on each bottle illustrating the carbon footprint of the wine.
2014 Hendry Block 28 Zinfandel: Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley & Martina McBride
Romantic • Comfortable • All-American
This is a moderately jammy Zin with an herbal quality and fine-grained tannins. This wine pairs wonderfully with blue cheese and peppered beef tenderloin.
Enjoy these wine pairings!! Jingle all the wine!!
This past weekend I was at the farmer’s market and stumbled upon a bounty of fresh figs. I grabbed a bunch and knew my Sunday was going to get a lot better trying out some new fig cocktails. You know how you spend Sunday cooking up yummy fall soups and dishes that smell your house up? Well, I spend mine taste testing cocktails. Someone’s gotta do it right? When I think of figs, I think thyme, fresh citrus, and some sweetness. The fig honey thyme prosecco to me is the perfect fall drink. It’s got all the feelings of warm and cozy with the thyme, fig, and honey. And, add in the fresh citrus, elderflower, and bubbly, and you just created a warm fall floral bubbly.
I got a joke for you…
What happens when you add all the fall ingredients into one drink?
It’s a figging good thyme!
Yeah… I’ll leave the joke/pun telling to Jacquelyn!
Photos by Alyssa Onaka Photography
I N G R E D I E N T S
6 fresh figs, diced or 1 tablespoon fig preserves (but fresh is the best)
2 ounces elderflower liquor
juice of 1 lemon
2-4 tablespoons manuka honey, depending on your taste
one tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
prosecco, for topping
D I R E C T I O N S
Add the figs, elderflower liquor, lemon juice, honey, and thyme to a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, gently push the figs down until they release their juices. Add ice. Place the top on the shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into 2-3 glasses.
Top each glass with prosecco. And finally, garnish with figs and fresh thyme.
And… I made it super easy for you to get it all from the comfort of your cozy warm bed. Shop it all below! Just add your fresh product at checkout!