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Virginia Apple Brandy Mimosas And Frosted Cranberry Cocktail Garnish

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Here’s my recipes that were featured on Daytime Blue Ridge today ~ Cheers!

Apple Brandy Mimosa

Mix together sugar and cinnamon on a small plate. Pour some light corn syrup on another plate.  Dip the rim of champagne flutes into the corn syrup and then roll the rim around in the cinnamon sugar mixture. If it drips a little just wipe off the drips with a wet paper towel. 

For each mimosa: 

1 ounce Virginia apple brandy (or your favorite apple brandy)

2 ounces Hard Rock Hard Apple Cider (or your favorite brand of cider)

Fill flute with chilled San Venanzio Prosecco or Dibon Cava

Thin apple slices dipped in orange juice for garnish


Place apple brandy and hard cider in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously then strain into a champagne flute. Top with Prosecco or cava. Garnish with a thin apple slice (slice apples immediately before serving, the orange juice will help prevent the apple slices from turning brown). I like to pop a little ice cube in my mimosa right before I serve it, just because I like my cocktails icy cold.


Frozen Cranberries in Pomegranate Liqueur

72 fresh cranberries

1 ½ cups orange juice


Place orange juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil then quickly reduce heat and add cranberries. Cook cranberries for one minute (do not allow cranberries to “pop” from the heat).  Remove cranberries from heat, drain and allow to cool. 

In a small saucepan combine ½ cup pomegranate liqueur and 1 cup sugar. Heat over low heat, stir to combine and continue to heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

18 cocktail picks

Place 4 cranberries on each cocktail pick. Place the picks in a flat freezer container so that the picks will lay flat in two layers in the container.  Pour the pomegranate sugar mixture over the cranberries.  Cover container tightly and place in freezer overnight.  Every few hours turn the container over to help marinate the cranberries.  Roll cranberries in fine sugar for service.

Cranberries can be kept in the freezer for several weeks. 

Cranberry Infused Vodka

Fill a quart size mason jar one half full with fresh cranberries.  Add 2 tablespoons fine sugar and 2 tablespoons water and the peel of one large orange. Fill the jar with vodka and cover with jar lid. Shake to combine the sugar and water with the vodka.  Place in refrigerator, shaking the jar twice a day for one week. Use this cranberry infused vodka for cosmopolitans and other cranberry cocktails during the holidays.  (I like using cranberry infused vodka because I never use a whole bottle of cranberry juice and the juice just goes to waste.)

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Put Sunshine In Your Champagne Flute This Weekend! Champagne Snockered Watermelon!

If you LOVE melon, you are going to LOVE this idea!

Champagne Snockered Watermelon!

The Wall Street Journal July 14/15, 2018 issue:

Drunk on Summer… recommends matching your favorite melon variety with a sympatico spirit.” The article, written by Aleksandra Crapanzano, makes these melon/spirit combinations:

Cantaloupe (Sugar Cube, Serenade Cavaillon or Savor melons may be substituted) with Ruby Port

Honeydew (Snow Leopard, Honey Whites, Diplomats or Honey Orange melons may be substituted with Prosecco, Champagne, Cava, White Rum or Gin

Seedless Baby Watermelon with Vodka, Sambuca, Cachaca or a mix of Silver Tequila and Cointreau

I cut my baby watermelon (Fresh Market) in half and made a little hollow in it. Then I poured champagne into the hollow and ground some pink peppercorns all over the watermelon flesh. You can use your favorite champagne, cava, prosecco or sparkling wine to make this melon.  We dug into it with a spoon and drank the liquid that was left in the hollow after we devoured the flesh. Super Tasty and Boosy!


It would be grand to walk outside to find an orange tree full of bright juicy oranges, but not all of us have that luxury. For the rest of us freshly squeezed orange juice is the next best thing to plucking oranges from a tree. I like to use my “Juiceman” juicer to squeeze my juice:  http://www.juiceman.com/

Champagne and orange juice is a great drink. The orange improves the champagne. The champagne definitely improves the orange.”

Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

This classic cocktail dates back to the early 1920’s when a drink called “Buck’s Fizz”  (two parts champagne to one part orange juice) was invented at the Buck’s Club in London.   Later in 1925, a bartender at the Ritz Hotel in Paris named Frank Meier invented the classic half champagne half orange juice Mimosa that we’ve grown to love.

Freixenet Brut Blanc de Blanc

This bubbly Cava is perfect in Mimosas.  Produced by the same winery that gives us Gloria Ferrer, one of my favorite sparkling wines:  https://www.gloriaferrer.com/carneros-winery

The perfect casual summer sipper…from Catalonia, Spain. 100% Chardonnay grapes.  A sparkling value…$10 range.  Lots of fun bubbles. Notes of baked apple with just a touch of lemon. Available on-line. I also found this Cava locally at Tinnell’s in Roanoke, Virginia. http://tinnells.com

Try Blood Orange juice in your Mimosa for a splash of color!

Codorniu Anna Brut Rosé Cava is another fun choice to make Mimosas.  Available at Earth Fare locally or on-line. 70% pinot noir and 30% chardonnay. Lots of bubbly berry flavors ~ raspberry, strawberry and cherry. $15 – $20 range. 

Here’s a link to the most  DELISH Mimosa recipes:


Here’s some more sunshine to put in your wine glass.  Blood Orange First Press. Fun French Rosé Wine with Orange & Other Natural Flavors. The orange flavors balance the sweetness of the wine.  So pretty in the glass.  Easy to sip in the sunshine.  I would call this a “girlie” wine since I would drink it with my girlfriends by the pool or on the patio.  Available locally at Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar or on-line. $12 – $15 range. 


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