Sparkling Cocktails Only
Marcella doesn't like hard liquor and loves champagne, so is always looking out for cocktails made with sparkling wine. At this point, we have accumulated lots of fun recipes, and one of our favorite things to do on a warm summer evening is to invite friends and family over for a tasting of three or four different cocktails. Add some easy hors d'oeuvres, like grilled bread topped with ricotta cheese, sea salt and pepper; prosciutto and other cured meats; grilled shrimp; manchego cheese with honey and Marcona almonds, and you have a wonderful, relaxing gathering. Finish with a good glass of sparkling wine (our favorite mid-priced sparkling wine is the Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc), and some strawberries and cream—or even strawberry shortcake, if you feel ambitious.