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
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.
Recipe adapted from Southern Living, February 2017
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
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.
Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray, January/February, 2015