Bubble Time


While we might think National Bubbly Day would pop up around New Year’s Day, it’s actually celebrated in June! Enjoy your favorite sparkling beverage on a summer-like day. Champagne, prosecco… and even ginger ale count.


In tribute to the sparkling way of living, I released one of my more fun cookbooks back in 2014. (Hard to believe it was that long ago!)  In both paperback and digital formats, “Champagne! Facts, Fizz, Food & Fun” serves up secrets to make you shine when serving bubbly. The fizz comes from dozens of yummy bubbly concoctions to whet your whistle with style. Of course, I serve up food via dozens of yummy recipes that pair perfectly with champagne for occasions from brunch to holiday parties. And I finish it off with lots of fun champagne quotes that range from historical to hysterical.

So, today, I gleefully share one of the sparkling beverage recipes. This puts a party-style spin on the classic Bellini cocktail.

Ruby Bellini Punch
Cranberry juice
Peach nectar
Peachtree liquor or peach schnapps
Peach sorbet
Cranberry & peach ice cubes with blueberries, raspberries & blackberries
Chilled Prosecco (or Champagne)

In advance fill ice cube trays with cranberry and peach juices.  In peach cube trays add raspberries and blackberries.  In cranberry cube trays add blueberries.  Then freeze and set aside in zip-top plastic bags ready for use.  In large punch bowl mix cranberry juice, peach nectar, and peach liqueur.  Just before guests arrive scoop in peach sorbet, float ice cubes, and pour in the bubbly.

KISS Note:  Make a family-friendly version with no alcohol in the punch base.  Add ginger ale or sparkling cranberry for the bubbly.

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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