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Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

Serve your guests this holiday cocktail topped with fresh blackberries. It will really get them in the festive spirit!

Cranberries are an easy and festive way to dress up Champagne. Nothing truly says celebration like hearing that cork pop, seeing the bubbles flow into a flute, and feeling those bubbles on your palate! I always serve my guests on Christmas and around this time of year this cranberry champagne cocktail. This an elegant cocktail and perfect for holiday parties with it's pretty red color.  It is very easy to make and is a wonderful choice to serve to your guests when they arrive. The tangy cranberry syrup takes the place of a bitter champagne taste. If you make extra syrup, save it. It is wonderful over vanilla ice cream or fruit. This is the recipe:

CRANBERRY-CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL:
serves about 8

Cranberry Syrup Ingredients:

3/4 cup of sugar

1 cup cranberry juice

1 tablespoon black peppercorns

1 bag (12 oz) fresh cranberries

- champange

Garnish with fresh blackberries

DIRECTIONS
Combine sugar, cranberry juice and peppercorns in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries and simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing against the cranberries to extract all the liquid.

Add 2 tablespoons of cranberry syrup to a Champagne flute and top with Champagne. Note, you can also use Prosecco for this cocktail.

Remember that with any Champagne cocktail to mix all of the ingredients then add the champagne just before serving to ensure the freshest bubbly!

Your guests will love watching the blackberries dance in the glass. 

Enjoy and happy holidays!

Darien resident Janine Vairo is the founder of PartyStyle Box. She can be reached at partystylebox@gmail.com and at www.partystylebox.com.

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Mary G. December 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
This champagne cocktail looks delicious and just in time as I am planning my Christmas menu. Will definitely be serving these. Thanks!
Avery December 23, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Very festive champagne for the holidays! Will try this for sure. Love the combination of peppercorns, sugar and cranberry juice.
Staci December 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM
PartyStyle Box, this is perfect for my New Year's Eve get together. We will make this bubbly champagne. Are these your photos? They look great.
PartyStyle Box December 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Thank you for your very nice comments and yes, Staci...these are my photos. I will be making them again for New Year's Eve as well. They are so yummy! Enjoy and Happy New Year.

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