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When hosting a dinner party I always like to greet our guests with a fun and delicious cocktail – to start the evening with a festive flair and set the mood.

These two libations are both topped with champagne – so our guests immediately feel sparkly and celebrated.

APEROL, BLOOD ORANGE AND MINT

aperol blood orange

Stir together 1/4 cup Aperol and 1/2 cup fresh blood orange juice. Pour into a glass, top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Southern Living, February 2017

www.southernliving.com/

GINGER FRENCH 75

ginger french 75

1/4 cup sugar

1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

1/2 cup gin

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

sparkling wine

In a saucepan, boil sugar, ginger and 1/4 cup water, stirring until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Strain.

In a shaker, vigorously shake ginger syrup, gin, lemon juice and ice until chilled. Strain into flutes, top with sparkling wine.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray, January/February, 2015

www.rachaelray.com/

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