Sparkling wine cocktails the perfect New Year’s Eve beverage

The season of celebrating is upon us.  In just a few short days, corks will be popping and bubbles flowing to celebrate the New Year and all its beginnings. It’s a tradition to ring in the New Year with a glass of bubbly, but that raises some questions.  How do you decide what beverage to serve? Champagne, bubbly, or sparkling wine; what’s the difference?

True Champagne is sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France, it can only technically be called Champagne when produced there.  Bubbly is simply another name for sparkling wine. The best Champagnes and sparkling wines are made by a method called ‘méthode champenoise’ which requires a secondary fermentation in the bottle, not in a tank – the process used by Treveri Cellars in Wapato.

There are several ways to enjoy the elegance of sparkling wines according to Julie Grieb, owner of Treveri Cellars. “While our sparkling wines are primarily enjoyed as a simple glass pour, there are times when a sparkling drink “ups” the occasion and makes the experience of drinking well-made sparkling wines even MORE festive, if that is possible.”  In addition to these celebratory options she adds, “our sparkle bottles are also extremely popular. Not only does the wine sparkle in your glass, but it dresses up any room or table with its personalized theme.”

Whether you are celebrating New Year’s Eve with a large group, close friends, or just family, don’t forget the sparkling wine. The go-to place for local, quality sparkling wine is Treveri Cellars. If you want to toast the New Year with beautiful, tasty drinks that add variety to your party, the following recipes are some of the most popular sparkling cocktails served in Treveri’s tasting room.

Traditional Cocktail
This classic drink is an elegant cocktail. It’s made by spiking sparkling wine, in this case Treveri Brut with herbal angostura bitters, and a little sugar. The drink is perfectly balanced, with the sparkling wine and sugar making it just strong and sweet enough.

1 sugar cube
4 drops angostura bitters (dropped on the sugar cube)
Treveri Brut
Garnished with an orange twist

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
Cranberries are an easy and festive way to dress up any sparkling wine. The flavors in this Cranberry Champagne Cocktail combines a dry wine, cranberries and lemon to create the perfect combination of fruity and sweet. If the flavor alone isn’t enough, you will love watching the cranberries dance in the glass.

1 oz Cranberry Juice
1 lime wedge
Treveri Rosé or Treveri Brut
3 Fresh Cranberries

Sparkling Lemon Cocktail
This simple Sparkling Lemon Drop drink combines bright lemon flavors, a little sweetness, and one of Treveri’s tried and true wines – Riesling. The result: refreshing flavors of lemon with a touch of sweetness.

sugar rim
2 oz lemonade
Treveri Riesling
garnished with a lemon slice
(this cocktail can be sweetened more with a sugar cube)

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