They say that you should always keep a bottle of sparkling wine in the fridge for a special occasion. Sometimes the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of sparkling wine in the fridge. If you need a little inspo to fill your veggie drawer with bottles of J.C. Le Roux Vibrazio, we’ve got six delicious sparkling-wine cocktail recipes for you to try this weekend.
1 Kir Royal
The Kir Royal is a classic French cocktail. The best part is that it’s as easy to make as it is delicious. You literally only need two ingredients: Vibrazio Sauvignon Blanc and a couple of tots of crème de cassis – a blackcurrant liqueur you can find at a liquor store.
2 Vibrazio Aperol Spritz
This Italian creation is insanely refreshing and very drinkable. You can make it at home with Vibrazio Demi-Sec (which is off-dry), Aperol and soda water. Mix 3 parts Vibrazio Demi-Sec with 2 parts Aperol and a splash of soda. Serve it in a glass half-filled with ice and garnished with half a slice of orange.
3 North End
Mix Vibrazio Demi-Sec or Sauvignon Blanc (depending on how sweet you want your drink) with 1 shot of Fernet-Branca (a bitter herbal liqueur) and 1 shot of fragrant Limoncello – two Italian liqueurs that you can buy at liquor stores.
4 Blood Orange Rosemary Fizz
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add 2 parts blood-orange juice to 1 part Aperol and 1 part rosemary simple syrup. You can make the simple syrup by heating 1 cup of sugar in 1 cup of water until dissolved, with a couple of sprigs of rosemary in the mix. Allow it to cool before making the cocktail. Shake all ingredients together and strain into a bubbly glass. Top with the Vibrazio Demi-Sec Rosé, and garnish with a slice of blood-orange and a sprig of fresh rosemary.
5 Dark Sparklers
De-pip and quarter four ripe plums. Add half a cup of sugar, 2 cups of water, 2 teaspoons black peppercorns, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice and half a teaspoon of salt to a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat until the plums are very soft and the syrup is a deep purple (about 20 minutes). Strain the syrup and chill it for a couple of hours. Pour one shot of syrup into a bubbly glass and top it up with Vibrazio Sauvignon Blanc. Garnish with fresh berries.
6 Vibrazio Mojitos
Make a simple syrup. (See the Blood Orange Rosemary Fizz recipe – just leave out the rosemary.) In a large jug, combine the sugar syrup with the a handful of fresh mint leaves and lime wedges, and muddle them with a wooden spoon. Add 2 cups of light rum and stir. Strain the drink into another jug. Half-fill your glasses with crushed ice, then fill them a third of the way with the rum mixture. Top up with Vibrazio Demi-Sec or Demi-Sec Rosé.
* This post is sponsored by J.C. Le Roux