Pop, fizz, clink! From a classic champagne toast to a festive hostess gift, bubbly is a holiday celebration essential. While a traditional flute of champagne can elevate any celebratory gathering, these six ‘how-to’ tips from Korbel California Champagne demonstrate creative ways to add extra sparkle to any spirited soiree this holiday season.
- How-To Set Up a Festive Mimosa Bar
Hosting guests for the long holiday weekend? Brunch is a relaxing way to entertain a crowd with comfort foods and of course everyone’s favorite, mimosas! As The Official Sponsor of Brunch®, Korbel has your brunch spread covered with creative ways to pull together a festive mimosa bar this holiday.
Glassware – Everyone loves a traditional champagne flute, but consider offering a variety of glassware options to allow guests to create their own personalized cocktail. Standard wine glasses are great for topping with fun garnishes, while stemless champagne glasses are a perfect alternative for a casual gathering.
Fruit Juices – Be sure to offer a variety of seasonal fruit juices in addition to your classic orange juice. Try cranberry and pomegranate to give your Korbel a festive color.
Garnishes – Red currants, cranberries, and rosemary springs are seasonal options to dress your drink for the occasion. Set out herbs and fruits with your juice options to allow guests to pick and choose their ingredients.
Bubbly – Offer various champagne styles to appeal to all guests’ taste preferences. Try Korbel Natural, Brut and Brut Rose for a variety of dry and sweet, or learn more about different champagne offerings with Korbel’s California Champagne Selector tool.
- How-To Create Perfect Stocking Stuffers & Party Favors
Don’t forget the party favors! Korbel Brut 187ml bottles make the perfect stocking stuffer or festive gift for your guests. In addition, these mini bottles are the ideal size to split for individual champagne servings.
Tie a festive paper straw to each Korbel mini bottle and set out for guests to grab on their way out the door. Dress up each bottle by securing glitter bowties or festive ribbon to the neck of the bottles, or attach individual name tags for a personal touch. To order mini bottles for your next holiday gathering, visit Korbel’s online shop.
- How-To Dress Your Drink
Looking to keep your bubbles simple, but want to elevate the visual appeal of your cocktail? Garnishes go a long way in adding some flare and festivity to your favorite California Champagne.
Seasonal options include:
Fresh Fruits – Red currants, cranberries, pomegranate seeds
Fresh Herbs – Rosemary, mint, basil or sage
Extra Festive – Candy canes, rock candy or colorful straws
- How-To Mix Up a Seasonal Sparkling Cocktail
These sparkling cocktails are an innovative approach to enjoying your favorite bubbly. Korbel is a perfect complement to a variety of flavored spirit options such as vodkas, bourbons, or liqueurs, along with fresh juices as mixers for an elevated seasonal sipper. Try these recipes at home:
1 oz. Finlandia Mango Flavored Vodka
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
4 oz. Korbel Brut
Pour Finlandia Vodka and cranberry juice into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute. Top with Korbel. Garnish with cranberries.
1 oz. Jack Daniel’s Original Recipe Tennessee Honey
4 oz. Korbel Brut
Pour Korbel into a champagne flute. Top with Korbel.
- How-To Batch a Perfect Party Punch
Perfect for large crowds and taking the stress of serving off the host, a pre-batched punch recipe is a great cocktail option for holiday gatherings. Simply combine ingredients in a large serving container or pitcher, and allow guests to serve themselves for hassle-free festive cocktails. This recipe is a colorful option with elegant ingredients to toast the season.
The Punch Royale
8 oz. Chambord Liqueur
8 oz. Cranberry Juice
2 chilled bottles Korbel Brut
Raspberries or Cranberries
Pour ingredients into a large punch bowl or pitcher and stir. Top with raspberries or cranberries.
- How-To Properly Open a Champagne Bottle
Many people can be intimidated with opening a bottle of champagne, but with these simple steps, you can safely open a bottle like a pro, so that you can save more champagne for sipping and not spraying.
1. Chill the bottle for at least four hours in the refrigerator.
2. Remove the foil cap covering the top of the bottle, exposing a wire hood.
3. Undo wire hood with six half-turns of the knob.
4. Hold bottle at a 45 degree angle, with a towel in hand. Grasp the cork tightly and slowly twist the bottle with your other hand. (The big secret here is you twist the bottle, not the cork!)
5. Ease cork off bottle while keeping the bottle at 45 degree angle, allowing pressure from inside the bottle to pop the cork out.
Established in 1882 in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, Korbel Champagne Cellars produces the United States’ most popular méthode champenoise champagne. But, the true measure of Korbel’s success during its 135 years can be seen in the impact it’s had on American consumers and its presence at various celebrations throughout the years. Owned and managed by the Heck family since 1954, Korbel currently makes eleven California champagnes and a limited amount of still wine. In a separate facility, Korbel also produces one of the country’s most respected brandies.
Please enjoy responsibly.
Nicole Cook is the owner/editor of Daily Dish Recipes, a lifestyle blog with an emphasis on food/cooking/cocktails and much more.
She calls the Midwest home – Missouri to be exact. Coffee is her go-to drink, music is her vice and she is endlessly tethered with devices to her online world. She loves all things planner, lives for her great big family and loves her pets endlessly!
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