If a long weekend isn’t reason enough to pop a couple of bottles of bubbles, we don’t know what is. Chances are you’re already planning a weekend of relaxing, indulging and making the most of every sweet free public-holiday minute with friends and family. Adding a DIY bubbly cocktail station to your party or lunch will only increase the vibe. We’ve put together a list of six sparkling-wine cocktails for the weekend so you can make it pop.
The perfect sparkling-wine cocktail station requires a few key ingredients. Start with a few bottles of JC Le Roux Vibrazio, in Sauvignon Blanc, Demi-Sec and Demi-Sec Rosé. Have a few liquors like crème de cassis, Aperol and Fernet-Branca on hand. Prepare a simple syrup ahead of time. You can make it by heating 1 cup of sugar in 1 cup of water until dissolved. Halve the mixture and add a couple of sprigs of rosemary to one half for a herby infusion. Keep a couple of fresh fruits like slices of lemon, orange and berries around for garnish.
The classic French cocktail. This is so easy to make, yet so impressive. Guests will only need two ingredients: Vibrazio Sauvignon Blanc and a couple of tots of crème de cassis – a blackcurrant liqueur you can find at any good liquor store.
Vibrazio Aperol Spritz
This Italian staple is perfect for spring – so refreshing and very drinkable. Mix 3 parts Vibrazio Demi-Sec with 2 parts Aperol and a splash of soda. Serve it in a glass half-filled with ice and garnish with half a slice of orange.
The name of this drink comes from the Italian liquors used in the North End neighbourhood of Boston, where it was created. This part of the city is steeped with Italian history and culture. Mix Vibrazio Demi-Sec with 1 shot of Fernet-Branca (a bitter herbal liqueur) and 1 shot of fragrant Limoncello and serve.
Blood Orange Rosemary Fizz
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add 2 parts blood-orange juice to 1 part Aperol and 1 part rosemary syrup. Shake all ingredients together and strain into a bubbly glass. Top with the Vibrazio Demi-Sec Rosé, and garnish with a slice of blood orange and a sprig of fresh rosemary.
This cocktail originally used plums, but you can use any red fruit. It takes some preparation but is very impressive and delicious. De-pip and quarter four ripe plums. Add half a cup of sugar, 2 cups of water, 2 teaspoons black peppercorns, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice and half a teaspoon of salt to a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Simmer over a moderately low heat until the plums are very soft and the syrup is a deep purple (about 20 minutes). Strain the syrup and chill it for a couple of hours. Pour one shot of syrup into a bubbly glass and top it up with Vibrazio Sauvignon Blanc. Garnish with fresh berries.
A bubbly take on a well-loved classic. In a large jug, combine the sugar syrup you made earlier with a handful of fresh mint leaves and lime wedges, and muddle. Add 2 cups of light rum and stir. Strain the drink into another jug. Half-fill your glasses with crushed ice, then fill them a third of the way with the rum mixture. Top up with Vibrazio Demi-Sec or Demi-Sec Rosé.