I can hardly believe that the holiday season is upon us! And what better time is there to break out a little bubbly or sparking wine to toast the season?
One of my favorites is an Italian sparkling wine, the Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosè from Terlato Wines International. It’s light, fresh and fruity (but not cloyingly sweet) and pairs beautifully with everything from French toast to grilled salmon, chicken, Asian and vegetable dishes. And it’s ideal with desserts, making it a perfect choice for all your upcoming celebrations.
Here’s a wedding-perfect signature cocktail you’ll love, created by Michael MacDonnel, Director of Beverage Monte Carlo Resort & Casino:
Raspberry Kiss Cocktail
1½ oz Raspberry-flavored vodka
¾ oz Crème de Cassis
1½ oz. fresh lemon sour
3-5 fresh raspberries
1½ to 3 oz Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosè
Sugar for rim of glass
1. Sugar the rim of the cocktail glass; use a flute or martini glass for best presentation
2. Pour vodka, Crème de Cassis, lemon sour and fresh raspberries into cocktail shaker; top with ice
3. Shake vigorously
4. Strain into glass
5. Top with Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosè
6. Optional garnish: add fresh raspberries
Enjoy this special cocktail with family and friends and here’s to many more celebratory moments!