Springtime Bubbly

Springtime Bubbly

It’s almost spring and that means that Derby is right around the corner!  Time to celebrate. Everybody knows that I love champagne but Cava is my new favorite.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, Cava is Spain’s twin to Italy’s Prosecco.  It’s really good and it’s so affordable.

I have a secret that I will share with you.  Cotton Candy.  Yes, that’s right, Cotton Candy is super good in your champagne.  You can buy it at any grocery.  Try it you will like it!Cheers xoxox!

 

A Real Dog House

A Real Dog House

T  & L had an article the other day about a craft brewery that is opening in Columbus, Ohio.  Craft beer is really big these days in not only Lexington but all over the country.  There’s so many flavors and styles of craft beer, it’s very interesting.

BrewDog is a Scottish beer company located in Columbus, Ohio.  Columbus is a great city and it’s only a 2.5 hr. drive from Lexington.  BrewDog is opening a hotel this fall adjoining the brewery.  The DogHouse is set to open in September of this year.

The hotel looks really cool.  Each room has a beer tap of Punk IPA beer and also mini-bars stocked with beer in the shower.  If you love beer, this is the place for you!  The boutique hotel will have 50 rooms.  The DogHouse will even have a spa that uses products made from beer!

Read more about it here.  xoxo

https://www.brewdog.com/lowdown/blog/announcing-doghouse-columbus

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Minty

Minty

Do you grow mint and thyme? Spring is the time where the herbs start poking their little buds out.  I have a mint bed over on the other side of the house that I use quite a bit for recipes.  But, you have to be careful with mint because it will take over your yard!

This recipe from Food and Wine looks like an awesome spring and summer cocktail.  I can see myself on the patio now!  Cheers xoxo

Roof Garden Recipe

Ingredients
15 mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish 2 thyme sprigs 1 ounce Simple Syrup 2 ounces vodka 1 ounce fresh lemon juice Ice 1 to 2 ounces chilled club soda

How to Make It
Step
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with the thyme and Simple Syrup. Add the vodka, lemon juice and ice and shake well. Strain into a highball glass over ice, top with the club soda and garnish with the mint sprig.

photo by Tina Rupp

 

Bubbles Please

Bubbles Please

I was watching The Chew the other day and Clinton Kelly made a fabulous champagne cocktail. Bubbles are great all year long but this Lemon Champagne Float will be perfect to celebrate spring!  Cheers xoxox

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Lemon Champagne Float
1/4 cup strawberry jam (divided)
1/4 cup lemon sorbet (divided)
1 cup champagne (divided)

Directions
To the bottom of four champagne glasses, add one tablespoon of strawberry jam. Top the jam with a 1 small scoop of lemon sorbet and top with champagne to serve.
Tip: Use your favorite combination of jam and sorbet to make this recipe your own!

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Wine Glass 101

Wine Glass 101

Do you ever get confused about what glass to use for different types of wine?  Red, rose, champagne, white, dessert are all types of wine that you should drink with different glasses to get the total experience.  Different glasses tickle different parts of your mouth as the wine is swallowed.  Who knew!

Here’s a photo that should help.  xoxox

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Couture Liquor

Couture Liquor

I’m sure that you’ve seen and probably tasted all the flavored liquors that are on the market.  Cinnamon, honey and vanilla are just some of the flavors you can find.  UncommonGoods is a great catalog that I received.  You may remember the Himalyian salt tequila glasses that I posted several weeks ago.  Very unique items and this is no exception!

Check out this kit to make your own flavored liquor.  Forget about home brew beer, this is much better! xoxo

https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/at-home-liquor-infusion-kit

 

Ultra Glam Travel

Ultra Glam Travel

T&L recently had an article on the best hotel bars in the world.  If you are fortunate to be in one of these places, you have to visit.  Talk about feeling like a million bucks!  Wait until you see these photos. Wowee! I’ve been to a couple of these places and I totally agree.  Order a glass of bubbly and you can be Princess for the day! xoxox

http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/bars-clubs/coolest-hotel-bars?xid=NL_TLDaily120717&utm_medium=email&utm_source=travelandleisure.com&utm_campaign=daily-transporter&utm_content=2017120722PM#living-room-bar-at-w-south-beach-in-miami

Egg-Free Eggnog

Some people just don’t like eggs.  Or some people are vegans.  Whatever the case I came across this recipe that I thought you might like.  xoxo

 

Rebecca Firkser December 11, 2017

Start out with 4 cups unsweetened cashew or almond milk—you can make your own if you want, but it ultimately won’t make or break your eggnog. Pour the milk into a blender. Next, shake up another can of full-fat coconut milk, open it, and add the contents to the blender.

Add 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon allspice, ¼ teaspoon cloves, and 2 pinches of fine sea salt into the blender. Blend the mixture until well combined and frothy. Transfer the mixture to the fridge and let it chill for at least a few hours.

 

Bubbles University

Bubbles University

Do you know the difference between Prosecco and Champagne? All bubbles are not the same!  Read below so that you can dazzle others with your knowledge of all things bubbly. xoxo

Champagne Campaign vs. Prosecco Party: Do You Know the Difference?
December 11, 2017 by Emily Cappiello
First Published: December 8, 2017

There’s nothing better than walking into a party to find that the corks have been popped and the bubbly is flowing. It’s like a bottle of liquid sparkles, ready to get the party started, whatever the occasion may be. But while you may understand the different flavor profiles involved from sweet Rosé to Brut, do you really know the difference between Champagne and Prosecco?

In order to get a definitive answer, we made a call to Melissa Rockwell, direct-to-consumer sales manager for Long Island, NY-based Sparkling Pointe, manufacturer of sparkling wines located on the North Fork of Long Island. “All Champagne is sparking wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne,” she told POPSUGAR.

To start, Rockwell says, Champagne is made in the Champagne region of France and is made from either a single variety of a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Prosecco is manufactured in Northern Italy and is mostly made from the Glera grape, although it can also be made from a few other varietals. “In Europe, the wines are named after the region where the grapes are grown. All sorts of environmental factors affect your flavors, and it would be misleading to consumers to put a name on a label that isn’t where the grapes grow,” she said.

And while region is important, she did note that there are some older wineries outside of Champagne, France, like Korbel in Sonoma, CA, that do use the word “Champagne” on the products because they were “grandfathered in before these agreements went into effect.”

According to Rockwell, however, the main difference between Champagne and Proscecco is the process in which the sparkling drinks are made. She explained that Champagne is made through a process called méthode champenoise in which a base wine is created and then goes through two different fermentation processes — one in a tank, and a second directly in the bottle itself. It can take 10 years or more to produce a bottle of Champagne, allowing it to develop a complex flavor profile.

“Most sparkling wine will have méthode champenoise on the label if they use that process because there are easier ways to get bubbles that don’t taste as good,” she said. It’s also worth nothing that Prosecco, too, is fermented twice — using a charmot method. The difference here is that both times it is fermented in the tank.

As for flavor profiles, Rockwell explained that Proseccos tend to be lighter and a little less complex as Champagne and that, oftentimes, she finds them to also be a little bit sweeter. Price points differ, too. A bottle of good Champagne — not quite high-end and not quite low-end — will set you back about $40 a bottle, whereas experts note that you can get the same quality Prosecco for $13 a bottle. “There is definitely a value to Prosecco,” Rockwell said. And we couldn’t agree more.

 

 

Santa’s Cocktail

Santa’s Cocktail

Christmas is a time to be festive and serve great food and cool cocktails.  Throw the diets out the door and whip up some cocktails that Santa would serve!  The Chew (Clinton Kelly my favorite!) served some great looking cherry margaritas today that I thought you would like.  xoxo

Ingredients
Cherry Margarita:
2.5 ounces silver tequila
1.25 ounces orange liqueur
1 ounce fresh lime juice (plus extra for rim)
2 ounces tart cherry juice
2 tablespoons Kosher salt (for glass rim)
lime wedges (to garnish)

Directions

For the Cherry Margarita: Dip the rims of the glasses in lime juice and then dip in salt. Fill glasses with ice and set aside.
To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup, and cherry juice. Cover and shake until fully combined. Strain mixture evenly between prepared glasses. Garnish with lime wedge and serve.
Tip: For a tasty twist, try this margarita with pomegranate juice instead of tart cherry!