I LOVE hosting a champagne or bubbly bar at our parties. Most guests really enjoy it and I definitely do! I’ve done fresh fruit purees in the past and added them to the sparkling wine. It tastes great but has two negatives. The first is that getting the glasses clean after events is impossible. Second, the bubbly tends to explode all over our floors when mixed with fruit.

For this year’s very merry cocktail party, I wanted to do something extra special and different. I decided to try to make some interesting fruit infused simple syrups.

I was lucky enough to make them on Sunday and taste-tested them with my husband Sunday night. Delicious! Here are the recipes I came up with. After doing the orange ginger I felt very confident that you could do almost any kind of infusion. They taste amazing!

Orange ginger simple syrup
Serves: 20-25 glasses of champagne (approximately 1-2 tablespoons per glass)
-orange zest-half of a large orange
-fresh ginger-peeled and sliced thinly (I used about half of an average ginger).
-3 cups sugar
-3 cups water

1. Put 3 cups of sugar and 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan.
2. Add your sliced ginger and orange zest.
3. Turn on medium heat and stir frequently.
4. Turn it up to high for a few minutes and continue to stir frequently.
5. Once boiling, turn off and let it sit to cool for 10 minutes.
6. Strain into a bowl.
7. Pour into a dish or bottle. Cover and store up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

Red raspberry simple syrup
Serves 20-25 glasses of champagne
-1 cup frozen or fresh red raspberries (I used organic frozen red raspberries)
-3 cups sugar
-3 cups water

Follow the same instructions as above.

I plan to serve these out of small clear olive oil bottles that I found at Home Goods yesterday for $3.99 each. For guests who prefer to drink nonalcoholic cocktails, I am offering sparkling juices and sparkling water along with a variety of champagne and sparkling wine. This will be a delicious addition for all. I actually think the orange ginger would taste amazing mixed into a big cup of hot black tea. Comfort!

For the champagne bar, I plan to garnish with candied ginger and fresh raspberries. Yum! Photos to come after the big event. Cheers!