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Holiday Sparkler

New York food and beverage expert Nick Mautone turned us on to this cocktail, a blend of sparkling wine with brandy, warm spices, and a touch of brown sugar. It’s the perfect opening to a memorable Thanksgiving, a sophisticated and seasonally-driven cocktail for a Christmas get-together, and an ideal prelude to the cork-popping moment when the New Year rings in at midnight.

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Ingredients

number of servings
1
  • 14 Cup light brown sugar Added to
  • 1 lemon wedge Added to
  • 0.125 teaspoon cinnamon Added to
  • 0.125 teaspoon ground cloves Added to
  • 0.125 teaspoon ground allspice Added to
  • 0.125 teaspoon ground ginger Added to
  • 5 cubes light brown sugar Added to
  • 5 ounce brandy Added to
  • 1 bottle chilled sparkling wine Added to
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Directions

5 min.
1. Step

Pour the brown sugar onto a small plate. Rub the lemon wedge along the rim of each champagne glass (but not inside the rim). Holding each glass at an angle, roll the outer edge of the rim in the sugar until it’s fully coated.

2. Step

Mix together the cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and ginger, then divide the mixture evenly among 5 champagne glasses.

3. Step

Add 1 sugar cube and 1 ounce of the brandy to each glass. Stir until the spices are well blended.

4. Step

Divide the sparkling wine evenly among the glasses. (Be careful, the sparkling wine will fizz vigorously!) Serve immediately.

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