Halloween is behind us, Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and I’m getting all geared up for the holidays! I’m all for the presents and the decorating and the Christmas music, but my favorite thing about the holidays is the get-togethers and gatherings with friends and family.
And of course, holiday gatherings usually involve delicious foods and festive drinks! So when Freixenet (pronounced fresh-eh-net) invited me to try out their sparkling wine and share some holiday entertaining ideas, I was all in.
After an afternoon of measuring and pouring and tasting (have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE MY JOB!??) here are my two favorites.
First, the Poinsettia. This drink is so pretty and simple to make.
Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail
- 1/2 ounce orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec
- 3 ounces cranberry juice
- Freixenet Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée
- Chill the ingredients.
- Pour the orange liqueur and cranberry juice into a chilled wine glass; stir well.
- Top with the Sweet Cuvée.
But THIS is the festive cocktail recipe that I’m obsessed with right now. Meet the Kir Royale.
- 1/4 oz creme de cassis
- 2 1/4 oz
- Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Sparkling Wine
- Chill the ingredients.
- Pour the creme de cassis into a wine glass.
- Slowly add the Freixenet sparkling wine.
These cocktails are perfect for holiday gatherings, but Freixenet Sparkling Wines are just as delicious on their own at any time of year. I love to serve sparkling wine with a gorgeous cheese tray.
The Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut is versatile and pairs well with brie and gouda, as pictured here. It’s also a great accompaniment to spicy cuisine.
The Freixenet Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée is a bit sweeter than the Negro Brut and has a fruitier palate. It pairs well with desserts such ascrème brûlée and also with pizza and even popcorn!
I had to try it with popcorn — a favorite afternoon snack in our household. It was surprisingly delicious. It’s also the perfect brunch wine, as the sweeter profile is friendly on our sensitive morning palettes.
Freixenet sparkling wines are priced right too; they retail for about $13 a bottle. You can buy an entire case of Cordon Negro for the price of 1 bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne, making Freixenet a fabulous value. But you’re not sacrificing quality. This family-owned business continually innovates and invests in the latest winemaking technology to ensure a consistent, excellent product.
I admit, before this campaign, I hadn’t tried Freixenet before, but I’m a convert. From now on, this “black bottle bubbly” is going to be my signature hostess gift.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Freixenet. The opinions and text are all mine.