Last night, celebrities gathered at New York City hot spot, Beaumarchais, to celebrate the launch of Magnifico Giornata's Essence Collection a new line of infused sparkling wines. The party was hosted by VH1's Carrie Keagan, who is a partner in the brand. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvre pairings with each flavor of the collection, which included Ginger Peche, Grapefruit Blanc, and Lavender Honey. The new sparkling wine collection is the perfect girly drink to celebrate any special occasion and comes in a beautiful gold bottle.
Since I can remember, there has always been a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne at our family gatherings. There was Veuve at my parent’s wedding, my brother’s wedding, and when I graduated college. There was Veuve for Christmases, New Years, and even birthday brunches. Although my family have used it a lot to ring in our celebrations, the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin company has their own celebration to ring in. This year, 2011, marks the 200 year anniversary since Veuve’s Comet Vintage of 1811.
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh ginger
- 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
- 3 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
- 8 whole star anise
- 1 bottle (750 ml) Champagne or sparkling wine
Today's 2:30pm match is Italy versus Paraguay. If you are rooting for the Italians to win then support the team by making this Italian cocktail!
The original Bellini includes 2/3 cup of white peach puree, 1 teaspoon of raspberry puree, and 1 bottle of chilled Italian sparkling wine or champagne. If you can't find white peaches, you can use yellow peaches to substitute. As for the Italian sparkling wine, its best if you use Prosecco or Asti Spumante Brut. But if you want to serve this as a non-alcoholic cocktail, then simply replace the wine or champagne with sparkling juice or seltzer.