I am momentarily mad at Mother Nature. Here in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York, we’ve had awesome weather for a week. I’m talking sitting-on-the-deck-basking-in-the-sun-sipping-a-tasty-beverage weather. But today, Saturday, the first day of the weekend, it’s gray and cool outside. And Sunday will bring rain. Ugh.
But I’ve decided not to take this 50° F, mostly cloudy forecast laying down. I’m going to press on and celebrate Spring. With sippers like this Hello Cello Sparkler…
I call sparkling, fruit or liqueur-laced drinks “sippers” because I strongly believe that is how they should be consumed – slowly and peacefully. With friends, or a book, or the dog sniffing and digging around the backyard.
Side Note: Gruet Winery is in yes, New Mexico, and the French winemakers produce great sparkling wines in the méthode champenoise, or classic Champagne method of a second fermentation right in the bottle (as opposed to forcing bubbles into low-quality wine). The Blanc de Noirs goes for a bargain at around $16 retail ($13 direct) and is charming alone or as a mixer.
Here’s another one… let’s call it the Mango Tango…
Sippers are great before, after and especially during a meal – as the acidity and texture of sparkling wine pairs beautifully with just about any dish (even chips and salsa, try a squeeze of lime in your glass). And even though I find them to be at their best when the sky is blue and the heat is on, they’re not bad by the fireplace, either. Bring on the dreary Mother Nature, we’ve got sparkling sippers, and you don’t.
- 1 cup water
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 piece fresh ginger root, about 1-inch long, peeled and rough chopped
- Bring sugar and water to a boil just to dissolve sugar, then immediately remove from heat.
- Add ginger to pot, and let steep until flavor develops (the longer the better). Strain out ginger and use in cocktails or even tea.
Sadie Mae’s Dogtography
She wasn’t as interested in this quick-fire photo shoot as she was in chasing the lawnmower and sniffing out the newly sprouted weeds. Finally, ease of craft.