Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: The Champagne Toast

The lovely Erin Grimson took this photo at the Anthro Knoxville November
Birthday Party - Erin is part of the Anthro team and a wonderful photographer

I can't believe it! 2015 is right around the corner! Didn't you think we would all have robots and would drive hovercrafts in 2015?! Ha! We are very advanced if you look at our past but we aren't quite there yet. And I emphasize 'quite.'

What is a reality is how you will need to be toasting in the New Year tomorrow night. Are you in a pickle and in need of a festive drink? We have some perfect ideas for you! And don't worry, if you aren't a fan of champagne or don't drink you can still be festive. Just grab a bottle of your favorite sparkling water and follow along below. (Sidenote: I've recently discovered San Pellegrino is my fave.)

My first sparkling drink idea is birthed from my last Tasty Tuesday post. The Herbed Poinsettia I'll call it. Start with a festive glass, 1-2 teaspoons of the cranberry-rosemary syrup I taught you how to make a couple Tasty Tuesdays ago, and a bottle of bubbly.
Put the syrup in the glass and pour the bubbly over the top. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary for looks and for scent. You could also freeze some small cranberries and toss a few in a glass instead. This will help keep your glass chilled as well. 
Another idea is one that I got from Anthropologie's Knoxville November birthday bash. The lovely staff of our store made Lavender Infused Champagne for us and even shared the recipe!
Anthropologie Knoxville - Lavender Infused Champagne 
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Stir in 1 cup of sugar and add in a handful of fresh lavender. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 
Once cooled, serve 1-2 teaspoons per 6 oz of champagne (makes 20 servings) 
I would garnish with a small sprig of lavender if you so choose. Or get real swanky and lightly rim your champagne glass or coupe with some fancy pants sugar. Just for looks...you don't need sugar with this drink. But an herby chocolate might be good!

Oh! And consider a coupe glass this year! This fun shape is a refreshing alternative to the standard champagne flute. Get festive friends!










-Alison

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