The Bubbly Bar by Maria Hunt –
A champagne & sparkling wine cocktail cookbook
“A swank drink from the classic cocktail era, the champagne cocktail is re-imagined with fresh ingredients and no longer saved for special occasions – bubbly is the occasion.”
—Maria Hunt, author of The Bubbly Bar: Champagne & Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion (Clarkson Potter, August 2009)
Champagne and sparkling wines are selling like never before and not just for Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve toasts. We’re now in the era of Bubbly Whenever – and these enticing bubbles are part of experiencing the good life 365 days a year. We don’t think twice about popping open affordable bottles of prosecco or brut rosé with brunch or barbecue just because it tastes good. And mixologists at hip bars around the world are making champagne part of the mix in delicious cocktails that include spirits like rum and gin, seasonal fruit and handcrafted syrups.
In my first book The Bubbly Bar: Champagne & Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion I share loads of simple and delicious sparkling cocktail recipes to make at home. Whether you mix up historical classics like the French 75 (Champagne, gin, sour mix and a brandied cherry) or a Bellini (Prosecco and peach puree) or more modern drinks like the Ginger Snap (sparkling sake and ginger root) or Pomegranate Passion Floats (sparkling wine, pomegranate liqueur, passion fruit sorbet) your friends are sure to be impressed. I explore eight creative cocktail themes in each chapter of the book: Classics, Bubbletinis, Fruitful Fizz, Rose-Colored, Mixed and Muddled, Latin Libations, Floral-Flavored, and Happy Endings (dessert) cocktails. All the recipes in The Bubbly Bar emphasize intense flavor combinations, fresh ingredients and minimal effort.
Descriptive side bars and glossaries explain how to make fancy citrus peel spirals, frost the rim of a glass with sugar or craft natural mixers like sour mix or an exotic and versatile Black Pepper Syrup. A detailed reference section in the back of the book guides you to choosing the best bubbly made around the world both by country and by price. Think bubbly has to be expensive to be good? I reveal some great finds under $15. Whether you’re searching for a special Champagne, a California sparkling wine, Spanish cava or organic sparkling wines, I’ve come up with a list of the best names and values to look out for when you’re popping into your favorite wine shop or visiting wineries.
In short, the Bubbly Bar is a must-have for anyone who loves entertaining and creating cocktails at home or who is a fan of sparkling wine and champagne and wants to know how to enjoy these wines more fully. Remember, everything’s better with bubbly!