December 2009

Champagne: Not Just for Drinking

With the holidays in full swing and everyone getting into holiday party mode, it's no doubt the lists for food and drinks to serve are growing rapidly. Champagne is one of those tried and true drinks, especially popular for toasting at the start of the new year. And while adding ingredients to this bubbly beverage can turn it various champagne cocktails, it may also be used in food recipes perfect for entertaining. Thanks to websites like (one of my favorite websites for recipes) you can find more uses for bubbly than just drinking. This tasty shrimp appetizer is surprisingly easy to make, delicious and beautiful when plated.

Marinated Shrimp with Champagne Beurre Blanc

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Champagne Drinks for the Perfect Holiday Brunch

You’ve got the quiche, the ambrosia, the eggs in a basket. You’ve even got the fancy tableware out. You may have even decorated the table with a dash of glitter or sparkling stars. Everything’s ready for your big holiday brunch—but what about the drinks?

Sure, you can serve orange juice and iced tea if you like (add a bit of Sprite in the former for a fancy drink to give the kiddos), but if you’re aiming for a classy adult drink, why not add some champagne to the table? Here are a few tasty champagne treats you can use for your holiday feast. All of these drinks are meant to be served immediately.