Sparkling wine is a must-have at a festive daytime party such a brunch, bridal shower or a gathering of girlfriends. And, jazzing up the glass tends to impress guests because it shows that extra thought was put into the fun.
With that in mind, here are simple ways to garnish a champagne flute or coupe in a matter of minutes (or seconds, depending on which flourish you choose).
Dropping a simple raspberry, a spoonful of pomegranate seeds or perching a strawberry on the rim of the glass is by far the easiest garnish and a touch that is always appreciated by guests.
This technique tends to look better in a coupe-These simple garnishes will jazz up a champagne flute or coupe (as well as other cocktails) in seconds.style of champagne glass. Drop a few pomegranate seeds in and lean a sprig of rosemary on its side for a Christmas party. I’ve also seen a simple stem of flowering purple lavender slipped into champagne flutes.
Sound crazy? It’s not (and even more of a reason to use a value champagne) and quite a trendy thing to do with a glass of champagne these days. All you need to do is dunk rock candy on a stick into a glass of champagne. Rock candy also comes in a variety of colors.
Skewered and Sugared Fruit
Find small skewers or cocktail picks that fit nicely on top or in the glassware of your choice. Add blueberries or another small fruit to it. Wet the skewered fruit and roll it into granulated sugar. Freeze until ready to serve and garnish on top of a glass. It’s so easy.
While a normal vegetable peeler will do as will a pairing knife, but the best gadget for a citrus peel twist is a special citrus stripper that you can find at a kitchen specialty store. Be sure to use organic citrus as pesticides can absorb into the peels.
When dressing up a champagne flute or coupe, it usually makes more sense to use a sparkling wine that doesn’t break the bank. In this case, it’s Andre Champagne which these days includes 9 California Champagnes and sparkling wines ranging from Brut to Moscato.
Tip: If mixing champagne with juice or another sweet mixer, it’s best to use a dry champagne.
How do you jazz up your champagne glass?