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RECIPES: Cool Summertime Cocktails

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Celebrate summer with a something new and refreshing in your glass! Whether relaxing by the pool, noshing on some bbq or enjoying a quiet (or not-so-quiet!) get-together with your besties, finding the right refreshment is, in our opinion, very important! 

Looking for something fruity or sparkly? Try the White Peach Sangria with Markham Muscato or perhaps you prefer sipping something with a little more kick.  Then you may want to try the Burning Shrub Cocktail; Shrub cocktails are all the rage these days!

Whatever your mood, craving or occasion, just click below to find the drink that fits!


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RECIPE: White Peach Sangria with Markham Muscato

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It's summertime! Cool down with a refreshing wine cocktail! The Markham Vineyards Muscato transforms fresh, ripe peaches into a delicious and refreshing white peach sangria - perfect for poolside sipping or taking the bite out of spicy Asian food. Look like a professional mixologist in front of your friends with this easy cocktail recipe.

recipe_MarkhamVineyards_whitePeachSangria.jpgDeal Alert! - Enjoy a 25% discount (30% for our Heritage Club members) on their Muscato through October 31st. At $14-$16 per bottle, go ahead and buy a case to last you through the Fall!

White Peach Sangria - adapted from Chow.com
  • 1 (750-millliter) bottle Muscato
  • 1 cup peach nectar
  • 3/4 cup peach liqueur
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 white peaches, pitted and sliced, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1 lemon, cut into half wheels, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • Ice, for serving
Combine all of the ingredients in a 2-quart pitcher or punch bowl and stir gently. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh peach and lemon slices, if desired.

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RECIPE: The Burning Shrub Cocktail

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Submitted by: Tara Heffernon (Bar Manager at Spoonbar in Healdsburg, CA)

Shrub cocktails are all the rage these days! The true magic of a shrub is that the sugar naturally extracts the juices from the fruit or vegetable (we'll be using Jalapeno for this particular recipe). Vinegar rounds out the process by preserving the sweetness and shrubs keep in the fridge for weeks!


First, prepare the Jalapeno Shrub

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  • Use equal parts Jalapeno, Sugar, and Vinegar
  • Halve jalapenos and blend on high for 10 seconds.
  • Mix blended jalapeno with sugar and refrigerate for 3 hours to 3 days. The sugar will naturally pull the juices out from the jalapeno; the longer you let it sit, the more juice will be extracted.
  • Pour vinegar into the container and stir briskly with your whisk. The goal is to make the fruit, sugar and vinegar are thoroughly mixed.
  • Strain the mixture into an empty container (discard the solids) and you've got your shrub! You can use your shrub right away, or wait a few hours to let the vinegar mellow out a bit.
burningshrubcocktail_spoonbar-(2).jpgIngredients for the cocktail:
  • 1 1/2 oz Frida Blanco Tequila
  • 1/4 oz Mezcal
  • 1/4 oz Jalapeno Shrub
  • 1/3 oz  Agave Nectar
  • 3/4 oz Lime juice
  • 1/4 oz Grapefruit juice
Combine all ingredients, shake until chilled and mixed, strain over fresh ice and enjoy!

Recipe: Champagne Cocktail

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recipe_Korbel_ChampagneCocktail.jpgSubmitted by: Korbel Champagne Cellars

Celebrate elegant simplicity!

Ingredients:
  • 6 oz. chilled KORBEL Brut
  • 1 cube sugar
  • Angostura® bitters
  • Lemon twist

Instructions:
Place sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute and soak it with bitters. Fill with KORBEL. Garnish with a lemon twist.
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Planning a visit to Sonoma County?  Spend the day at Korbel Champagne Cellars...taste our delightful champagnes, tour our historic winery and gardens, and enjoy a delicious lunch at our gourmet Delicatessen. Complimentary tours and tastings daily.

KORBEL Jack-o'-Latern

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Just in time for the scariest time of the year, enjoy a KORBEL Jack-o'-Latern cocktail!

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Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Jack Daniel's
  • Tennessee Whiskey
  • 2 oz. Orange Juice
  • 4 oz. KORBEL Brut

Instructions:
  • Pour Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey and Orange Juice into a shaker with ice. 
  • Shake and strain into a rocks glass (over ice.)
  • Top with KORBEL. 
  • Garnish with a stick of black licorice.


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Planning a visit to Sonoma County?  
Spend the day at Korbel Champagne Cellars...taste our delightful California champagnes, tour our historic winery and gardens, and enjoy a delicious lunch at our gourmet Delicatessen. Complimentary tours and tastings daily.

KORBEL Poolside Sparkle

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Submitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

Enjoy a refreshing KORBEL Poolside Sparkle while relaxing during the remaining Summer Months!

recipe_Korbel_PoolsideSparkle.jpgIngredients:
  • 1 oz. Chambord Vodka
  • 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 4 oz. KORBEL Brut
Preparation:
  • Pour Chambord Vodka and pineapple juice into a shaker with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a rocks glass (with ice) or a martini glass (straight up).
  • Top with KORBEL.
  • Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

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Planning a visit to Sonoma County? Spend the day at Korbel Champagne Cellars...taste our delightful California champagnes, tour our historic winery and gardens, and enjoy a delicious lunch at our gourmet Delicatessen. Complimentary tours and tastings daily.

KORBEL Sorbet Punch

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Submitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

When you get together with friends, toast the summer and celebrate with KORBEL Sorbet Punch!

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KORBEL Sweet-tini!

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recipe_KorbelSweetTiniUpdate.jpgA bubbly romance awaits with the KORBEL Sweet-tini!

Ingredients:
  • 4 oz KORBEL Sweet Rose
  • 1 oz Chambord Flavored Vodka
  • 2 oz Cranberry-Apple Juice
Instructions:
Pour Chambord Vodka and cranberry-apple juice into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a wine glass. Top with KORBEL. Garnish with a strawberry. Or, WATCH VIDEO.



Champagne Punch

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korbel-champagne-punch.jpgSubmitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

The summer is fast approaching and tis the season for BBQ's and backyard get togethers. Korbel Champagne Punch is the perfect refreshing drink that all your guests will love.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 (10 oz.) package frozen sliced strawberries in syrup, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups apricot or peach nectar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 (750ml) bottles KORBEL Champagne, chilled
  • 1 pint Häagen-Dazs® Raspberry or Strawberry Sorbet
  • Fresh strawberries, sliced, if desired
  • Fresh mint leaves, if desired

METHOD:
In a blender or food processor with metal blade, place thawed strawberries and syrup; blend until smooth. Pour strawberry purée into a large pitcher. Add apricot nectar, lemon juice and honey; stir to mix. Refrigerate until serving time.

To serve, pour mixture into a large punch bowl. Stir in your favorite KORBEL Champagne. (Korbel Recommendations: Non Vintage Blanc De Noir, Brut Rose or Brut) Gently drop small scoops of Häagen-Dazs sorbet into punch. Garnish with sliced strawberries and mint, if desired.

Sorbet scoops can be made ahead of time. Place scoops on wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Place in freezer until ready to serve.

Perfect Mimosa for Mother's Day Brunch!

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korbel-passion-fruit-mimosa.jpgSubmitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

Looking for a way to celebrate your amazing mom? Treat her to a Korbel Passion Fruit Mimosa and Toast to Life and all she has done for you!

Korbel Passion Fruit Mimosa

  • 4 oz. KORBEL Champagne
  • 1 tbsp. Grand Marnier® liqueur
  • 3 tbsp. passion fruit juice or nectar blend
Combine Grand Marnier and juice. Top with KORBEL. Garnish with an orange peel twist.

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SPECIAL NOTE:
Already in Wine Country and want to take Mom out? Stop by Korbel for complimentary tastings and tours. Be sure to take advantage of our special wine offers if you want to take home a bottle of celebration for later!




Veramar Mulled Wine

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  • 1 bottle red wine (Veramar Rooster Red)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2-cup sugar
  • 4 sticks cinnamon
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 orange
     

Making a Martini the Monterey Way

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martini.jpgThere is a sense of style embodied by the angular martini glass that evokes images of chic girls with sassy thoughts, cigar-soaked 50's nostalgia, and  intimate evenings of slightly boozy conversation. Martini's are high-octane, a bit pricey, and exemplify an evening of sophisticated fun.If you are looking for a twist on the old favorite, below are recipes from three of Monterey's nifty hang-outs. Enjoy them at the source, or try your hand at home.

 


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