Oh, hello darlings, I didn’t see you there…
Now that I officially live in La La Land, I’m pretttttty Hollywood. I mean, I lounge around all day in my velvet robe and sip on fresh citrus and bubbly cocktails without a care in the world.
My meals are mainly variations of avocado toast and the occasional fish taco…if I’m eating at all! And palm trees, crazy beautiful sunsets and 70+ degree weather in February is like…”whatevs” now. It’s pretty zen out here, you guys.
LOL, JK, I’m still an impatient New Yorker who eats! (that stuff about the avocado toast is pretty true, actually. I’m ODing on the stuff).
And the palm trees, warm days and sunsets are blowing my mind on the regular. You mean, it’s like this every day? ERRR DAY?! I’m trying not to flood my Instagram feed with just that!
But, moving is harrrrd. And moving across the country, getting a bronchial infection and then trying to set up shop in a foreign, albeit very sunshine-y place, is NOT conducive to updating a cocktail blog. You might have noticed that I’ve been absent here since first announcing the move because…LIFE. But, now that I’m nearly a month in, I may not have gone full Hollywood, but I am starting to get acclimated, and I’m loving so much of it. Including the fresh citrus everywhere!
One thing I have noticed since I’ve been out here is how you can really feel the awards season in this town. The excitement building for the Academy Awards, the grandaddy of them all, is palpable here. (Mainly because the city shuts off major thoroughfares through town about a week before the show even airs. LA traffic, gah!) Since the Oscars are this Sunday and many of you are either hosting or going to viewing parties, I thought you might like to have a festive (and delicious) cocktail in your arsenal to serve for the night.
Inspired by one of the easiest and most popular of all of my recipes, The Limoncello Drop Cocktail, this sparkling version is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
In fact, I even tested this sparkling version out on a group of dinner guests a couple of weekends back (with Sobieski Vodka), and I can safely proclaim, it was a hit!
Even if your favorites don’t win this year (or weren’t even nominated), if you make this sparkling ray of sunshine in a glass, you’ll have a winner of a cocktail at least!
The Sparkling Limoncello Drop
3/4 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Limoncello
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2-1 oz Sparkling Wine
superfine sugar and lemon wedge to rim glass
To sugar the rim of your cocktail glass, take a freshly cut lemon wedge and slice the middle. Slip the wedge over the rim of the glass where you’ve cut the lemon, and sweep around the entire top of the glass until it is well coated. Gently dip the glass upside down into a saucer filled with sugar until just the tip of the glass is coated.
Shake all ingredients except sparkling wine over ice until the outside tin is frosted over. Strain into a well chilled, sugar-rimmed cocktail glass, leaving room for the sparkling. Top with sparkling wine. Add a lemon twist.
All photos of Prairie Rose taken by the very talented Shannon Carpenter of THIS APERTURE. A Spring Session Discount is currently running on the site. Book by March 15th and receive 25% off your print order.