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We hosted our annual Very Merry Cocktail party on Saturday night including a fun bubbly bar with Freixenet (pronounced “fresh-eh-net”). I love hosting this annual party as there is no better time than the holidays to get your home looking all glitzy and to celebrate with friends.

We served simple appetizers including a mashed potato bar. Our dessert buffet had a variety of sweet treats. And I loved putting together our party favor station this year as well.

While we had an open bar, our signature drink is our bubbly station each year. This year I made two infused simple syrups to include at the bubbly bar along with Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut. I picked the Brut because it’s the perfect sparkling wine for adding simple syrups or fruit.

Plus, this “black bottle bubbly” looks classy at any party.

Pomegranate Mint Simple Syrup recipe

Ingredients

  • Fresh pomegranate seeds
  • 2 T fresh pomegranate juice
  • 5 sprigs of fresh mint (washed)
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water

Directions

  1. Pour water and sugar in medium saucepan. Turn stove to medium high heat.
  2. Add in the mint, pomegranate seeds and pomegranate juice.
  3. Stir regularly until it comes to a boil.
  4. Let boil for 1 minute or until all sugar dissolves.
  5. Turn off heat. Let cool in saucepan.
  6. Pour the mixture in a bowl to cool in the fridge for several days.
  7. On the day of the party, strain the syrup to remove the seeds and mint.
  8. Enjoy!

Orange Rosemary Ginger Simple Syrup recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 T orange rind
  • 1 large ginger peeled and cut into 1/4 inch pieces.
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary (washed)
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water

Directions

  1. Pour water and sugar in medium saucepan. Turn stove to medium high heat.
  2. Add in the orange rind, ginger and rosemary.
  3. Stir regularly until it comes to a boil.
  4. Let boil for 1 minute or until all sugar dissolves.
  5. Turn off heat. Let cool in saucepan.
  6. Pour the mixture in a bowl to cool in the fridge for several days.
  7. On the day of the party, strain the syrup to remove the rind, ginger and rosemary.
  8. Enjoy!

How delicious does this sound? I also added pomegranate seeds, raspberries and rock candy to the bubbly bar. It was dark so I didn’t get many great photo that night.

Drive a MINI Sweepstakes
Freixenet is on the move this fall with a three month long MINI tour where a duo of Freixenet MINI Coopers are traveling the nation from New York City to Florida and ending in California. We will be popping up at retailers and popular restaurants and bars, where fans can enjoy samples, play games and find hidden bubbles to enter for a chance to win a two year lease on a brand new MINI Cooper! We’ve also hidden bubbles with rewards codes throughout the Freixenet website, our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages, and even in retail stores.  Once you find a bubble, visit www.findthebubbles.com to enter the rewards code. Keep an eye out for more codes, as the more times you enter, the greater chances you have to win.

Visit www.findthebubbles.com for more information.

Who says the holidays are the only time for bubbles?  Make it your resolution to sparkle 365 days of the year with Freixenet cavas. Our sparkling wines come in a variety of different styles to suit any moment or mood. Cordon Negro Brut, our classic Black Bottle Bubbly, is great as an aperitif before a night out on the town or at home with takeout pizza. Our brand new Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvee is the perfect match for brunch favorites like pancakes and eggs benedict. Visit FreixenetUSA.com for more information about where to buy Freixenet sparkling wines and learn how you could win a 2-year lease on a new 2013 MINI Cooper.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Freixenet. The opinions and text are all mine.