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5 Ways To Enjoy Champagne

By Amy Bailey — January 26, 2015

With Valentine’s approaching MyScoop has the best ways to enjoy the romantic bubbly. From a sangria almost too beautiful to drink to watching a flower bloom in your glass, these sparkling concoctions will make your heart fizz.

1. Make A Kir Royale – This recipe couldn’t be easier, place 1 tablespoon Chambord in a champagne flute top with champagne. Add raspberries and twist of orange if you like.

2. Add Bourbon Soaked Cherries – This requires a little prep, but is a fun accessory for your champagne or prosecco. Take 1/2 cup dried or fresh cherries, submerge in a mason jar in bourbon, let sit for 24 hours. To serve with champagne, place a tablespoon juice from cherries along with a few of the bourbon soaked cherries in a flute, top with champagne or prosecco.

3. Make It A Spritzer – Add 2 tablespoons pomegranate, orange, or lemon juice to your flute. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, orange peel, lemon peel and even add herbs like basil and rosemary if you like.

4. Add Wild Hibiscus Flowers – You can find a jar of Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup at your local specialty market or find out where to buy here. You place one flower in a champagne flute along with 1 tablespoon syrup, pour champagne over and the flower, watch it bloom in the glass. Quite a romantic little treat.

5. Turn It Into Sangria – Like a sip of the rainbow this rose sangria recipe is a colorful and enchanting treat.

rosesangriaRose Sangria

1 bottle prosecco (preferably D.O.C.)

1 cup rose petal syrup (see below for recipe)

1/2 cup St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

1 fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit

1 fresh squeezed orange

1 fresh squeezed lemon

1/2 lemon peel, zested

1/2 grapefruit peel, zested

1/2 cup strawberries, sliced

1/2 lemon, sliced

1/4 cup raspberries

1/4 cup red and pink rose petals (organic)

Any other fruit you like (fruit with a pink/red hue will make the sangria more pinkish in color)

1/2 cup club soda

Directions:

In a pitcher combine all ingredients and stir. (For an out of this world sangria it is best to use the citrus zest, there are certain oils in the zest that bring out the freshest flavor.)

Tips:

You can serve right away but if made a day in advance the color will become a beautiful pink from the strawberries and rose petals.

If you prefer it more sweet you may want to add more more rose petal syrup or St. Germain

Rose Petal Syrup

1 cup rose petal

1 cup sugar

2 cups water

1/2 lemon squeezed

Directions:

Bring sugar and water to a boil. Put in rose petals, reduce heat. Add lemon juice. Simmer on low for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain through a sieve or cheesecloth, then bottle.