Here’s to sparkling holidays!

Here’s to sparkling holidays!

Want to reinvent your cocktails for the festive season? Add a dash of made-in-Québec sparkling cider and watch as your guests’ eyes (and taste buds) light up!

Sparkling wine isn’t the only thing that can add a pop of festive to your holiday celebrations—sparkling ciders are perfect for creating jolly and bright cocktails! Here are two sure-to-please suggestions: a bubbly welcome punch and a new twist on the traditional glass-of-Champagne-at-midnight.

Québec sangria

Before settling down at the table and digging in to the turkey, meat pies and other delectable dishes, start the evening off with a refreshing glass of sparkling cider sangria, filled with delicious fruits and vegetables. It’s a taste of summer that will help everyone forget that Jack Frost is knocking at the door!

8 drinks

250 mL (1 cup) apple liqueur
750 mL (3 cups) sparkling cider
500 mL (2 cups) club soda
Juice of 1 lemon
227 g (8 oz.) strawberries, hulled and halved
2 green apples, sliced
½ English cucumber, sliced
60 mL (¼ cup) mint leaves
Ice cubes

1. Soak the strawberries, apples and cucumber in the apple liqueur and lemon juice for one hour in the refrigerator. 2. In a two-litre pitcher, combine the macerated fruit and liquid with the sparkling cider and soda. Fill pitcher with ice. 3. Garnish with mint leaves. 4. Serve using a ladle.

Le spritz d’ici

Italy’s most popular aperitif, the spritz has been gaining popularity all across the globe, and here in Montreal you can find it on pretty much every bar and restaurant menu in town. Although the original recipe calls for Aperol, Prosecco and sparkling water, we’ve opted for the version featuring Québec-made sparkling cider. This cocktail is great for any occasion, from happy hour to Happy New Year!

1 drink

45 mL (1 ½ oz.) bitter liqueur (like Aperol)
135 mL (4 ½ oz.) sparkling cider
Slices of orange
Ice cubes

1. Combine all ingredients, except for the orange slices, in a wine glass containing a few ice cubes. 2. Stir using a mixing spoon. 3. Garnish with orange slices.

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