Recipe inspired by Pinterest
¾ cup vodka
1½ cups cranberry juice
2 ounces St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
¾ cup champagne
1 cup fresh cranberries
Fresh rosemary and orange slices for garnish
In a large pitcher or festive holiday punch bowl, combine vodka, cranberry juice, St. Germain Elderflower liquor. Chill until ready to serve. When ready to serve, add the champagne and cranberries. Pour among glasses and garnish with fresh rosemary and orange slices.
To top off these drinks, The Traveling Tin Co.’s Amanda Stowell recommends a few champagnes to hit just the right note:
Price: Around $72
Where to buy: Lucky’s Market (3333 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield; 417-889-0779)
This high-end champagne has a lightly toasty taste, with a medium acidity. Stowell says this is the best bottle for special occasions. For a little holiday flair, slowly pour a little grenadine down the side for a pretty ombre look. Top it off with some rosemary.
Where to buy: Macadoodles (1455 E. Independence St., Springfield; 417-883-9000)
According to Macadoodles, this champagne boasts delicate bubbles and has intense aromas of fresh fruit. Stowell suggests pairing this champagne with a crab Maison salad or hors d’oeuvres.
The Diver Brut
Where to buy: Vino Cellars (multiple locations)
If you’re looking for a more economical choice, look no further. Although this wine is technically considered a sparkling wine, Stowell says the light texture pairs well with salty or spicy flavors.