A couple weekends back I was part of a phantasmagoric, technicolor dream deep in the Hills of Beverly…
There were synchronized swimmers bedecked in the most adorable caps and suits…
…photogenic poofs of cotton candy,
brightly colored flower crowns,
and allll of the beautiful people.
So, what was the purpose of all of this California whimsy and multicolored wizardry?! It was a boozy celebration, of course! Barefoot Wine & Bubbly just re-launched their fruit infused sparkling wines in four different flavors – Berry, Peach, Orange and Pineapple. And yours truly was asked to create some fun cocktails to highlight each one!
As many of you know, I LOVE using sparkling wine to complement a cocktail. It tends to lighten up a spirit forward cocktail, dries out a sweet one, and in warmer months makes an especially refreshing tipple. It’s hard to argue, nearly everything is better with bubbles! But since these sparklers have a fruity essence and a sweetness to them from the residual sugar left over in the winemaking process, I was able to use them in a slightly different way.
In each of the cocktails I created, I didn’t have to use any simple syrup or additional sweetener because each fruit infused wine had its own level of sweetness that worked well with various spirits and citrus. The Berry Bombshell turned out to be one of the most popular that day. Vodka, ginger, lemon and Berry Bubbly!
1 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur
1/2 oz lemon juice
2 oz Berry Barefoot Bubbly
garnish: three berries on a bamboo skewer
Shake vodka, ginger liqueur and lemon juice over ice. Strain into champagne coupe and top with Berry Barefoot Bubbly. Garnish with berry skewer.
The Pretty as a Peach Ingenue was the simplest of all the cocktails. I found the Peach Bubbly was perfect with good ol’ bourbon, and gave it just a touch of southern charm! The lemon juice added just the right amount of acid and made the peach flavor really shine.
Pretty as a Peach Ingenue
1.5 oz Bourbon
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
topped with Peach Barefoot Bubbly
Shake bourbon and lemon juice over ice. Strain into flute glass. Top with Peach Barefoot Bubbly. Garnish with peach wedge.
The Orange Spritz Starlet was inspired by a traditional Italian spritz cocktail. Light, refreshing and with a touch of bittersweet Aperol, this makes a great before dinner drink.
This was also the cocktail that I made for Barefoot Bubbly’s Facebook Live segment with YouTube personality and all around fun lady, Mary Elizabeth. You can still watch it here!
Orange Spritz Starlet
2 oz Orange Barefoot Bubbly
1 oz Aperol (Orange bitter Italian liqueur)
garnish: orange peel
Build all ingredients in an ice-filled wine glass. Garnish with orange peel.
The Pineapple Femme Fatale was my personal favorite and will be perfect heading into fall. It had the most complexity with tequila, Cynar Italian liqueur, lime juice and Pineapple Bubbly. I was surprised by HOW MUCH people loved this one, thinking it might be a little unusual for people’s taste buds. But the combined flavors just really worked!
Pineapple Femme Fatale
2 oz Tequila
1 oz Cynar (Italian bitter liqueur)
.75 oz lime juice
3 oz Pineapple Barefoot Bubbly
garnish: pineapple wedge
Shake tequila, Cynar and lime juice over ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with 2-3 oz Pineapple Barefoot Bubbly. Garnish with pineapple wedge.
The #FruitInaFlute event was SO much fun and a perfect cap to the summer. But in lieu of attending your own fruit-infused bubbly bacchanalia, you too can recreate the feeling in a glass! Make these hollywood inspired cocktails for you and your friends and you’ll feel as glamorous as these mermaid ladies right here. Guaranteed!
photos courtesy of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly