Pop The Champagne

Peony Girls!

As you probably already know, champagne is a must-have here at the boutique. We love to pop bubbly and celebrate the special brides who walk through our doors. We have been on the hunt for the best champagne cocktails, so get your flutes ready girls because its time to celebrate!

{Raspberry Mint Champagne Cocktail}

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What You Will Need:

  • A pitcher
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 sprays of fresh mint leaves (plus more for garnish)
  • 3 pints raspberries
  • 1-2  limes (1/4 cup fresh lime juice)
  • Chilled Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava

Directions:

1. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan.  Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.  Of course, if you like your cocktails on the sweeter side, you might bump the sugar up to 1/2 cup.

2. Add mint leaves and allow them to steep for several minutes or until the syrup is completely cool.

3. While the syrup cools, rinse the raspberries and tumble them into a large pitcher.

4. Squeeze in lime juice for a burst of tartness and muddle the berries in the juice with a long wooden spoon.

5. Once the mint syrup has steeped and cooled, strain it through a mesh sieve and add it to the pitcher.  Then, pour in the chilled bubbly!

6. Served up in a champagne flute and garnished with a sprig of mint, these cocktails are picture-perfect.  And don’t forget to provide your guests with a spoon so they can scoop out the champagne-soaked raspberries.

{Champagne Mojitos}

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What You Will Need

  • 6 fresh mint leaves
    • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
    • 1 ounce Simple Syrup
    • 1 1/2 ounces rum, preferably 10 Cane
    • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
    • 2 ounces Champagne or Prosecco, chilled

Directions

1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together mint, lime juice, and simple syrup to release mint oils

2. Add rum and bitters; shake over ice

3. Strain into a cocktail glass or coupe

4. Top with Champagne

{Blackberry Thyme Sparkler}

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What You Will Need

  • 1 cup blackberries + 8 more for garnish
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • 4 ounces or 1/2 cup gin
  • 4 long sprigs of thyme
  • 1 cup ice
  • gold baking sugar for the rim

Directions

1. In a small saucepan, bring blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until the blackberries are soft and the simple syrup has turned to a bright pink/redish color. Remove from heat, drain blackberries, and allow to cool.  This step can be done well in advance as the syrup will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator.

2. Prepare your champagne glasses.  Okay, so here is a dirty little secret of getting those beautiful salts and sugars to stay atop the rim: butter.  It adheres perfectly and you honestly never taste it. Place the tiniest amount between your fingers and rub just around the rim of the glass before dipping the glass into the gold baking sugar.

3. Next, begin by adding 1 ounce of gin to each champagne glass.  Next drop two blackberries in each glass, followed by 2 ounces of homemade blackberry simple syrup. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne and top with a sprig of thyme in each glass. Voila!

Cheers!

x The White Peony

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