2 posts tagged cocktails
By Keri Glassman, R.D.
Peppermint Tea Chocolate Martini
This unique combination of flavors is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without packing on the calories during cocktail hour. Using tea in the recipe maintains the rich flavor, adds volume, and can actually help relieve stress, ensuring cocktail hour is really happy hour. Plus, chocolate helps trigger serotonin and endorphins, which help keep you feeling happy, stress-free, and slim!
Chocolate and Citron Cosmopolitan
This twist on the Sex and the City staple will keep your martini thirst quenched. We love this drink because the fruity flavors don’t just add to the taste, but the cranberries also boost our skin’s natural ability to defend itself against the sun’s damaging UV rays (which are still around in the winter!). And, raspberries are loaded with fiber and anticancer power–even a couple of them do the body some good. To set the drink over the edge, the garnish gives you a hint of chocolate without overwhelming your cosmo, turning this summery cocktail into a February favorite.
Spiked And Snug Hot Chocolate
Sometimes there’s nothing like curling up to a nice warm mug of hot chocolate on a cold, snowy night. This grown-up version is perfect for that Saturday night in. The nutmeg and chili powder add a strong dose of flavor with few extra calories, and add bonus antioxidants to rev up calorie burn and immunity. Plus, we can’t forget good ole milk is a great source of calcium, protein, and vitamin D.
There’s nothing like a sparkling glass of champagne to make any occasion feel, well, super special. The pomegranate juice adds a drop of sweetness while being rich in polyphenols, compounds that help blood flow. Dark chocolate is known to lower blood pressure, helping you feel calm as you unwind and, at the same time, celebrate.
Cherry Chocolate Espresso Martini
The combination of chocolate and espresso is the 21st century version of chocolate and peanut butter – it’s the perfect match! This cocktail brings the two together in a seemingly sinful way. Plus, the female sex drive is believed to get a jolt with some java, making this a new go-to martini.
MORE: Check out our guide to all things chocolate including health benefits and the best and WORST kinds to eat!
I have a confession: I love champagne. It’s elegant. It’s fizzy. It pairs well with fruit (which I also love). I once hosted a champagne-themed party. So you can imagine how blissful I was earlier this fall to join a few WH editors in meeting Jen Wall, a winemaker at Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.
“But Barefoot is a winemaker…based in California,” you say. “They can’t possibly have delicious champagne!”
And that’s where you’d be wrong. Barefoot Bubbly IS delicious. And each of their six varieties retails for $11 a bottle, making them perfect for hostess gifts, birthday parties, just-got-a-promotion celebrations, and pretty much any other occasion.
Now that New Year’s Eve is around the corner and many of you will either be attending or hosting cocktail parties, I’m happy to share some of Jen’s expert tips and Barefoot Bubbly’s awesome champagne recipes.
Open: Keeping the bottle super cold will keep the cork from shooting across the room. It doesn’t matter if the bottle is stored on its side, Wall says, just that it’s kept cold. Open and remove the wire cage over the cork and cover the cork with your hand. Slowly twist the cork until it pops. (That is, don’t wiggle it side to side like I tend to do.)
Serve: Flutes help your bubbly stay bubbly for longer—plus they feel glamorous to hold. Plastic flutes work just as well as glass, or you can search out inexpensive glass options. As you pour, tilt the flute 45 degrees to reduce foam.
Store: Once opened, keep the bottle in a mixture of ice and water. It’s best to consume it within four hours of opening, but if you need to store it overnight, use a champagne sealer, which should run you $5 to $10.
Brut is the driest champagne, which makes it perfect for mimosas. Fruit juice is already sweet! Fun fact: The drier the champagne, the lower the sugar content and calories, so brut has the fewest calories.
Recipe: Lemon Sparkler
3 oz. Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee
1.5 oz. limoncello
1.5 oz. sour mix
Directions: Combine limoncello and sour mix in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into chilled martini glass. Top off with Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee. Garnish with long lemon twist and mint sprig.
Want something everyone will like? Extra dry is a crowd-pleaser, either on its own or in a cocktail. And the pomegranate seeds in the recipe below are the coolest new thing to serve in bubbly, Wall says.
Recipe: Ruby Sipper
1.5 oz. Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry
0.75 oz. peach liqueur
2 oz. white cranberry juice
1.25 oz. citrus vodka
Directions: Place spoonful of pomegranate seeds in chilled martini glass. In cocktail shaker, combine vodka, peach liqueur and cranberry juice with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into chilled martini glass. Top with Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry.
This is Barefoot’s sweetest champagne—and possibly its trendiest. Moscato is earning household-name status after being mentioned in songs by Lil Kim, Waka Flocka Flame, and Trey Songz. Pair with cheese, fresh fruit, and mini desserts.
Recipe: Bubbly at Sunset
3 oz. Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato
1.5 oz. watermelon juice
0.5 oz. raspberry syrup
0.75 oz. lemon juice
Directions: Combine juices and syrup in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into champagne flute. Top with Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato.
Photos: Barefoot Wine & Bubbly