Today you all are in for a real treat– literally! A Crimson Kiss post some fabulous weddings as well as cocktail recipes that have us licking our lips!
Hi Love and Lavender readers; it’s Lena here, from A Crimson Kiss. I’m so honored to be guest posting while Ellen is enjoying time with her little one, and I thought I’d share something I know a bit about while I’m here: cocktails!
The holidays may officially be over, but winter certainly isn’t, and in my humble opinion, the time for punches is still very much upon us. Created in 1942, this punch was a reason to celebrate, even during some of history’s darkest hours, and with a name like the Aristocrat Sparkling Punch, I think this libation calls for a party and not the other way around!
Aristocrat Sparkling Punch
1 cup cube sugar
1 quart sparkling water
1 bottle light, dry red wine
4 oz brandy
2 bottles Champagne
fruits, for garnish
Dissolve 1 cup of cube sugar in 1 cup of sparkling water, pour into a punch bowl. Add 1 bottle of red wine and 4 ounces of brandy, stirring well. Place a block of ice in the bowl, and pour in 2 bottles of Champagne and the rest of the sparkling water. Garnish the top of the ice block with strawberries and raspberries, or other fruits in season, and float thin slices of 2 oranges on top.
Notes: Feel free to use any inexpensive red and sparkling wines you have on hand; these punches won’t make proper use of your best bottles. Savvy hosts in the 40s also relied on a few secret ingredients to add some zing: double-brewed black or weak green tea, and vanilla. Feel free to experiment with your favorites when you serve this punch–cheers!