September 10, 2016

Sparkling Cosmopolitan

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Sparkling Cosmopolitan ~ Perfect for girls' night in, brunch, or a random Tuesday.  Or, with it's beautiful cranberry base and garnish, for Thanksgiving sipping, too!
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Sparkling Cosmopolitan ~ Perfect for girls' night in, brunch, or a random Tuesday.  Or, with it's beautiful cranberry base and garnish, for Thanksgiving sipping, too!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

It's no secret I love my wine.  When you take a look at the beverage section of my Recipe Index, there's no disputing that. ... The majority of the beverages I've shared are wine-based.

And the majority of those wine-based beverages? ~ They're sparkling!  Oh, how I love my bubbles.  Which makes it no surprise that I absolutely love bubbly cocktails ... like this Sparkling Cosmopolitan.

I'm not exactly sure how my love for wine and bubbles started.  I think it started back in my mid-twenties when I was working in corporate America.  Quite often, I had to go out for those swanky marathon-take-forever team and client dinners.  At first I loved them.  But truth be told, despite the great food and ever-flowing libations, they do indeed get old after awhile.  But one plus? ~  I sure got to taste more than my fair share of wines!

Alas, a life-long wine love was born.

And do you want to know something I love to do with my favorite wines?  Mix them up with other yummy stuff to make fun wine cocktails to enjoy.

Sparkling Cosmopolitan ~ Perfect for girls' night in, brunch, or a random Tuesday.  Or, with it's beautiful cranberry base and garnish, for Thanksgiving sipping, too!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

This Sparkling Cosmopolitan is super simple to whip up with just a few basic ingredients ~ sugar, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, and cranberry juice.  Once these are combined in a glass, it gets topped off with a nice pour of sparkling wine or champagne.  Add a few fresh cranberries and lime slices for garnish if you'd like, and you've got one fun bubbly drink.

Perfect for girls' night in.  Or brunch.  Or a random Tuesday.  Or, with it's beautiful cranberry base and garnish, for Thanksgiving sipping too, don't you think?

So grab that bottle of bubbly and enjoy it Cosmo-style!

Sparkling Cosmopolitan ~ Perfect for girls' night in, brunch, or a random Tuesday.  Or, with it's beautiful cranberry base and garnish, for Thanksgiving sipping, too!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com
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Sparkling Cosmopolitan
(Printable recipe)
For each cocktail:
Ingredients
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar {or more to taste}
  • 1 tsp. Grand Marnier
  • 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 T. cranberry juice, chilled
  • sparkling wine or champagne, chilled
  • fresh cranberries and/or lime slices for garnish {optional}
Directions
  1. Place sugar, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and cranberry juice in a champagne flute or white wine glass. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Top with 4 to 6 ounces sparkling wine. Garnish with fresh cranberries and/or lime slices, if desired.
Note: Some sparkling wines are drier {and some sweeter} than others ~ adjust the amount of sugar as needed to suit your personal taste and based on the sweetness {or lack thereof} of the wine.

Enjoy!



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