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For Holiday Entertaining, Try a Champagne Bar

For Holiday Entertaining, Try a Champagne Bar

Change up the usual holiday beverage situation with something sparkling

Why not bring life and glitter to the proceedings with a sparkling wine bar?

Around the year-end holidays, we decorate our homes and take extra care to cook delicious food fit for our families and friends. An important part of the recipe for festive times, of course, is something spirited to drink.

There is no shortage of possibilities, of course, from all the usual choices to only-in-December specialties with Christmas-spice flavors. But here's another idea: Why not bring life and glitter to the proceedings with a Champagne bar?

Set up a corner table — or a corner of your table — with several varieties of brightly hued, flavorful crushed or finely chopped fresh or frozen fruit (strawberries and/or other berry varieties, peaches, kiwi fruit, almost anything), some sprigs of mint, and an ice bucket or three holding bottles of a good sparkler. Put out your best wine glasses (no need for flutes) and even, if you wish, some ice (pouring sparkling wine over ice is not a sin!). Let guests stir up their own holiday concoctions.

Besides the big names — we recommend anything (even the comparatively less expensive bottlings) from Moët et Chandon, Bollinger, Krug, Billecart-Salmon, Mumm, Taittinger, Piper-Heidsick, or Perrier Jouët — there are also many lesser-known labels worth considering. As your wine merchant if he has any "grower Champagnes" — estate-bottled wines from smaller producers who own their own vineyards. These are often extraordinary and fairly priced. Or consider a top-of-the-line cava from Spain's Catalonia region (Freixenet and Codorníu are the most widely distributed ones), or a California sparkling wine from Domaine Chandon, Gloria Ferrer, Mumm, or another good producer. Good bubbles are good bubbles, no matter where they come from.


10 Champagne Cocktails That Are So Good You'll Never Stop Saying "Cheers"

These holiday recipes will work for any brunch, lunch, or dinner you have from now until New Year's Day.

Nothing says "it's time to celebrate" like a champagne flute filled with bubbly. Whether you're getting ready for a holiday party (bring on the sparkly outfits!) or playing host yourself, a fizzy drink is the perfect accessory. But just because regular champagne is the traditional star of the holiday season doesn't mean you can't mix things up this year &mdash and by mix things up, we mean create your own delicious champagne cocktail.

To help you step up your holiday game, we've rounded up the best champagne cocktails anyone can make. These recipes include all of the great flavors of the season, from cranberry and rosemary to ginger beer and chocolate stout. Stir them up before a Christmas party, dole them out at New Year's brunch, or kick back with one on any day in between. And for more drink ideas, check out these Christmas cocktail recipes.


10 Champagne Cocktails That Are So Good You'll Never Stop Saying "Cheers"

These holiday recipes will work for any brunch, lunch, or dinner you have from now until New Year's Day.

Nothing says "it's time to celebrate" like a champagne flute filled with bubbly. Whether you're getting ready for a holiday party (bring on the sparkly outfits!) or playing host yourself, a fizzy drink is the perfect accessory. But just because regular champagne is the traditional star of the holiday season doesn't mean you can't mix things up this year &mdash and by mix things up, we mean create your own delicious champagne cocktail.

To help you step up your holiday game, we've rounded up the best champagne cocktails anyone can make. These recipes include all of the great flavors of the season, from cranberry and rosemary to ginger beer and chocolate stout. Stir them up before a Christmas party, dole them out at New Year's brunch, or kick back with one on any day in between. And for more drink ideas, check out these Christmas cocktail recipes.


10 Champagne Cocktails That Are So Good You'll Never Stop Saying "Cheers"

These holiday recipes will work for any brunch, lunch, or dinner you have from now until New Year's Day.

Nothing says "it's time to celebrate" like a champagne flute filled with bubbly. Whether you're getting ready for a holiday party (bring on the sparkly outfits!) or playing host yourself, a fizzy drink is the perfect accessory. But just because regular champagne is the traditional star of the holiday season doesn't mean you can't mix things up this year &mdash and by mix things up, we mean create your own delicious champagne cocktail.

To help you step up your holiday game, we've rounded up the best champagne cocktails anyone can make. These recipes include all of the great flavors of the season, from cranberry and rosemary to ginger beer and chocolate stout. Stir them up before a Christmas party, dole them out at New Year's brunch, or kick back with one on any day in between. And for more drink ideas, check out these Christmas cocktail recipes.


10 Champagne Cocktails That Are So Good You'll Never Stop Saying "Cheers"

These holiday recipes will work for any brunch, lunch, or dinner you have from now until New Year's Day.

Nothing says "it's time to celebrate" like a champagne flute filled with bubbly. Whether you're getting ready for a holiday party (bring on the sparkly outfits!) or playing host yourself, a fizzy drink is the perfect accessory. But just because regular champagne is the traditional star of the holiday season doesn't mean you can't mix things up this year &mdash and by mix things up, we mean create your own delicious champagne cocktail.

To help you step up your holiday game, we've rounded up the best champagne cocktails anyone can make. These recipes include all of the great flavors of the season, from cranberry and rosemary to ginger beer and chocolate stout. Stir them up before a Christmas party, dole them out at New Year's brunch, or kick back with one on any day in between. And for more drink ideas, check out these Christmas cocktail recipes.


10 Champagne Cocktails That Are So Good You'll Never Stop Saying "Cheers"

These holiday recipes will work for any brunch, lunch, or dinner you have from now until New Year's Day.

Nothing says "it's time to celebrate" like a champagne flute filled with bubbly. Whether you're getting ready for a holiday party (bring on the sparkly outfits!) or playing host yourself, a fizzy drink is the perfect accessory. But just because regular champagne is the traditional star of the holiday season doesn't mean you can't mix things up this year &mdash and by mix things up, we mean create your own delicious champagne cocktail.

To help you step up your holiday game, we've rounded up the best champagne cocktails anyone can make. These recipes include all of the great flavors of the season, from cranberry and rosemary to ginger beer and chocolate stout. Stir them up before a Christmas party, dole them out at New Year's brunch, or kick back with one on any day in between. And for more drink ideas, check out these Christmas cocktail recipes.


10 Champagne Cocktails That Are So Good You'll Never Stop Saying "Cheers"

These holiday recipes will work for any brunch, lunch, or dinner you have from now until New Year's Day.

Nothing says "it's time to celebrate" like a champagne flute filled with bubbly. Whether you're getting ready for a holiday party (bring on the sparkly outfits!) or playing host yourself, a fizzy drink is the perfect accessory. But just because regular champagne is the traditional star of the holiday season doesn't mean you can't mix things up this year &mdash and by mix things up, we mean create your own delicious champagne cocktail.

To help you step up your holiday game, we've rounded up the best champagne cocktails anyone can make. These recipes include all of the great flavors of the season, from cranberry and rosemary to ginger beer and chocolate stout. Stir them up before a Christmas party, dole them out at New Year's brunch, or kick back with one on any day in between. And for more drink ideas, check out these Christmas cocktail recipes.


10 Champagne Cocktails That Are So Good You'll Never Stop Saying "Cheers"

These holiday recipes will work for any brunch, lunch, or dinner you have from now until New Year's Day.

Nothing says "it's time to celebrate" like a champagne flute filled with bubbly. Whether you're getting ready for a holiday party (bring on the sparkly outfits!) or playing host yourself, a fizzy drink is the perfect accessory. But just because regular champagne is the traditional star of the holiday season doesn't mean you can't mix things up this year &mdash and by mix things up, we mean create your own delicious champagne cocktail.

To help you step up your holiday game, we've rounded up the best champagne cocktails anyone can make. These recipes include all of the great flavors of the season, from cranberry and rosemary to ginger beer and chocolate stout. Stir them up before a Christmas party, dole them out at New Year's brunch, or kick back with one on any day in between. And for more drink ideas, check out these Christmas cocktail recipes.


10 Champagne Cocktails That Are So Good You'll Never Stop Saying "Cheers"

These holiday recipes will work for any brunch, lunch, or dinner you have from now until New Year's Day.

Nothing says "it's time to celebrate" like a champagne flute filled with bubbly. Whether you're getting ready for a holiday party (bring on the sparkly outfits!) or playing host yourself, a fizzy drink is the perfect accessory. But just because regular champagne is the traditional star of the holiday season doesn't mean you can't mix things up this year &mdash and by mix things up, we mean create your own delicious champagne cocktail.

To help you step up your holiday game, we've rounded up the best champagne cocktails anyone can make. These recipes include all of the great flavors of the season, from cranberry and rosemary to ginger beer and chocolate stout. Stir them up before a Christmas party, dole them out at New Year's brunch, or kick back with one on any day in between. And for more drink ideas, check out these Christmas cocktail recipes.


10 Champagne Cocktails That Are So Good You'll Never Stop Saying "Cheers"

These holiday recipes will work for any brunch, lunch, or dinner you have from now until New Year's Day.

Nothing says "it's time to celebrate" like a champagne flute filled with bubbly. Whether you're getting ready for a holiday party (bring on the sparkly outfits!) or playing host yourself, a fizzy drink is the perfect accessory. But just because regular champagne is the traditional star of the holiday season doesn't mean you can't mix things up this year &mdash and by mix things up, we mean create your own delicious champagne cocktail.

To help you step up your holiday game, we've rounded up the best champagne cocktails anyone can make. These recipes include all of the great flavors of the season, from cranberry and rosemary to ginger beer and chocolate stout. Stir them up before a Christmas party, dole them out at New Year's brunch, or kick back with one on any day in between. And for more drink ideas, check out these Christmas cocktail recipes.


10 Champagne Cocktails That Are So Good You'll Never Stop Saying "Cheers"

These holiday recipes will work for any brunch, lunch, or dinner you have from now until New Year's Day.

Nothing says "it's time to celebrate" like a champagne flute filled with bubbly. Whether you're getting ready for a holiday party (bring on the sparkly outfits!) or playing host yourself, a fizzy drink is the perfect accessory. But just because regular champagne is the traditional star of the holiday season doesn't mean you can't mix things up this year &mdash and by mix things up, we mean create your own delicious champagne cocktail.

To help you step up your holiday game, we've rounded up the best champagne cocktails anyone can make. These recipes include all of the great flavors of the season, from cranberry and rosemary to ginger beer and chocolate stout. Stir them up before a Christmas party, dole them out at New Year's brunch, or kick back with one on any day in between. And for more drink ideas, check out these Christmas cocktail recipes.


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