Melissa Chaney
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White Christmas Sangria

In continuing with all of our holiday beauties — may we introduce you to your entire family’s new favorite Christmas beverage: our White Christmas Sangria! It’s a white wine sangria with all the perfect christmas-y fruits to brighten up your holiday! 

Per usual — it is simple to make and delicious to drink!
Here’s what you’ll need:
-1 bottle Storyteller Sauvignon Blanc
-1 bottle Sparkling White Grape Juice
-Fresh apples, sliced
-Fresh oranges, sliced
-Fresh limes, sliced
-1 1/2 cups cranberries
-Fresh rosemary sprigs

And here’s how you make it:
In a large pitcher, add your fruit and pour your wine over the fruit. Next, pour your sparkling white grape juice and stick it in the fridge for at least 2 hours. As you know — the longer it sits, the more the fruity taste will infuse into it! When it’s ready to serve, pour into wine glasses and garnish with fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary!

And voila! It’s THAT easy! And that pretty, too! Not to mention, delicious…but you already could have guessed that!

We think this will make the perfect Christmas party drink — just double, triple, quadruple — whatever you like! — the recipe to make sure everyone gets a glass or 3!!

Merry Christmas and CHEERS to you and yours this holiday season!

Holiday Mixer Guide

Looking for the PERFECT guide to all the BEST holiday mixers!? Look no further! You already know your friends at Corks + Cheers have you taken care of with all your holiday drink needs, which is why we’ve put together this Holiday Mixer Guide to give you a handful of mixer options to serve up this holiday season — and we’ve even got your dessert covered as we’ve given you the perfect Lindt chocolate pairing to go with each drink!

Here’s what we’ve got for you:

Citrus Rosemary Spritz paired with Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Bar or Lindt Excellence Sea Salt Bar

Cranberry Fizz paired with Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Bar or Lindt Excellence Sea Salt Bar

Peppermint Ice Cream Mimosa paired with Lindt Classic Recipe White Chocolate Bar

Blueberry Lime Spritz paired with Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Bar or Lindt Excellence Sea Salt Bar

Just print out the detailed recipe cards provided and get to mixing!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to ALL of our Corks + Cheers friends! We are wishing you the most joyful season ever! CHEERS!

Pomegranate Prosecco Smash

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we’re so happy to be bringing you the most wonderful drinks of the year, too! Today, it’s our gorgeous Pomegranate Prosecco Smash with everyone’s favorite — Ogio Prosecco!

Here’s what you’ll need:
-Crushed ice
-2 oz Cranberry Pomegranate juice
-1 tsp maple syrup
-6 oz Ogio Prosecco
-1 tbsp pomegranate arils
-Fresh rosemary sprigs

And here’s how you make it:
In a glass, add your crushed ice and top with 2 oz of cranberry-pomegranate juice. Next, add your maple syrup, then top with your Ogio Prosecco. To finish, add a tablespoon of pomegranate arils and a sprig of rosemary! And if you really want to make it better, pair it with a Lindt 70% Cocoa Bar! SO. DARN. DELISH!!

This little beauty is sure to make everyone’s spirits bright this season! We can’t wait to hear how much you and your loved ones enjoy this!

A big holiday ‘Cheers!’ to each and every one of you!

Witches Brew

Spoooooky SZN is here and we have the BEST little show-stopper to brew at all your haunted gatherings this week! It’s our very own Witches Brew featuring our Ogio Prosecco and it is so good it’s SCARY! See what we did there!? 

Aside from the fact that the entire aesthetic of the whole drink is absolutely spot on for your parties, the taste itself makes it a fan favorite every single time! Plus, it’s a total cinch to make!

Here’s what you’ll need
-2 oz Apple Cider
-2 oz Bourbon
-2 oz Ginger Ale
-2 oz Ogio Prosecco
-Dry Ice

And here’s how you make it:
In a large punch bowl, or a caldron if you have one — combine all the liquid ingredients, topping it all off with your Ogio Prosecco. (Despire the recipe only calling for 2 oz, we recommend pouring in however much bubbly your haunted little heart desires! Once the liquid ingredients are all combined, drop in a few pieces of your dry ice to bring the brew to life! 

Grab some cups, fill them with ice, and once your dry ice has finished bubbling, pour and enjoy! Happy Halloween, y’all! Have a great time celebrating!

Father’s Day Cabernet Sour

Ok, so we do a loooot of shouting out the amazing ladies in this community of ours, but today it’s all about the MEN! Furthermore, it’s all about the DADS! The unsung heroes of car troubles, home renovations, sports knowledge, and BOURBON! Which is why today, we’re celebrating all our favorite dads with our delicious Chalkboard Cabernet Sour!


Here’s what you’ll need:
2 oz bourbon
3/4 oz simple syrup
1 oz fresh lemon juice
Chalkboard Cabernet Sauvignon
Ice
Bar Spoon

And here’s how you make it:
In a shaker, combine your bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice, and ice. Shake. In a glass of ice, pour 3/4 the way up. Finally, take a bar spoon over the glass and pour your cabernet. Sip, sip, annnnd enjoy!

And since we know the mama’s will be the ones making this drink for their men (or at least we think they should be!), go ahead and pour one for yourself, too, and have a drink with the daddy in your life! 

For recipe and video on how to make it, you can check us out at our normal spot — @corksandcheers on instagram!

Happy Father’s Day, Dads! Cheers to you!

Happy National Wine Day!

The holiday we can ALL celebrate has arrived, friends! IT’S NATIONAL WINE DAY! (proof that God loves us, amen!?) To celebrate, we are featuring two of our favorites with a few of their respective charcuterie board pairings and we think you will absolutely love them!

First on the docket is our Dellatorri Chianti. This beautiful Italian wine boasts bright, cherry aromas and soft vanilla and berry flavors and pairs OH SO PERFECTLY with all your pasta dreams! When being paired with charcuterie, we highly recommend featuring some tomatoes, mozzarella cheeses, parmesan cheeses, mushroom flavors, and, believe it or not, BBQ flavors! We promise your taste buds will thank us!

Next up is our Dellatorri Pinot Grigio. This lovely Italian gal shows off with her citrus, mineral, and flint aromas and abundant fruitiness. And in the hot summer heat that we’re in right now, we think it’s the perfect wine to chill next to your charcuterie board! Speaking of — if you’re doing a little charcuterie with this one, we highly suggest adding some veggie flavors — lettuce, green beans, radishes — and complimenting those with some fruity additions like apples and pears. And of course, don’t forget the cheese! Ricotta is the perfect pairing for this wine!

No matter how you choose to celebrate National Wine Day, we are simply saying this: JUST MAKE SURE TO CELEBRATE IT SOME HOW, SOME WAY! We think you earned it! 😉

As always, you can follow along on social media with us @corksandcheers for videos, pictures, pairing suggestions, and much more!

Cheers, friends!

Mother’s Day Margarita

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, y’all, and I think we can all agree that we should be raising ALLLLL the glasses to ALLLL the moms, amen!? Moms are the literal G L U E that holds all of humanity together. This is a fact and not up for debate. There have never been and never will be a breed of human beings quite like the mamas. So today, we have a special lil drink to help you celebrate the special mom or moms in your life — and if you are a mom yourself, this one’s for you!

Here’s what you’ll need:
3 oz Martin’s Rake Sauvignon Blanc
1/2 oz Silver Tequila
1/2 oz Ruby Red or Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 oz Agave Nectar
Grapefruit slices to garnish
Salt or sugar
Cocktail shaker

And Here’s how you make it:
In your shaker, combine your wine, liquor, fruit juices, and agave nectar. Then you know what to do — sh-sh-sh-shaaaake it, mama! Rim a glass with either sugar or salt, depending on your preference, and pour over ice! Voila — Mama’s Marg is ready for sipping!

And while you’re at it, may we suggest waiting on the special lady hand and foot for the rest of the day!? Unless of course you’re the special lady — then you demand the same kind of service! 😉 

For real — to alllll the moms: biological moms, step-moms, foster moms, spiritual moms, or “second” moms… we appreciate you and we honor the never-ending, all consuming, unconditional love and service you thanklessly offer to the world. We know we speak for your people when we say: the world is better because you’re in it!

As always, you can find the video recipe and more details about this drink and plenty of others on our Instagram @corksandcheers!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sparkling Strawberry Lime

Hey, heyyyy! We’re not sure where you are, but where we are, it’s still too cold for our liking. So we’re continuing on with our mission to channel warmer weather by drinking spring-inspired drinks! Today’s beverage of choice is our Sparkling Strawberry Lime featuring our Pinetti Notte Pinot Grigio!

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 Bottle Pinetti Notte Pinot Grigio
1 Can Lime Bubly
Strawberry slices to garnish
Lime slices to garnish

And here’s how you make it:
In a glass, pour your lime Bubly until half full. Top with Pinetti Notte Pinot Grigio. Garnish glass with strawberry & lime slices. Drink and enjoy!

This one is a great option for our wine drinkers who prefer to steer clear of the sweet wines. The lime Bubly gives it just enough while refraining from taking away from the dry Pinot Grigio taste. We think your palate will thank us!

As always, you can find video recipe and more details on our Instagram @corksandcheers!

Cheers, friends!

Bubbly Blueberry Lemonade

Hey, y’all! We know it’s still winter but we are getting tired of the gloomy, cold days. Who’s with us!? That’s why we’ve decided to go into full blown spring-drink mode in order to hopefully BRING. THE. SPRING! 

Today’s delicious little number features our favorite Dellatorri Sparkling Moscato and we’re pairing it with fresh blueberries and a yummy blueberry lemonade! It is the perfect little refresher to enjoy mid-day all the way into the wee hours of the night!

Here’s what you’ll need:
Fresh blueberries
Dellatorri Sparkling Moscato
Hubert’s Blueberry Lemonade
Lemon for garnish

And here’s how you make it:
In a wine glass, drop a handful of fresh blueberries. Top the blueberries with your Dellatorri Sparkling moscato, and finish it off with Hubert’s blueberry lemonade. Garnish with a lemon, clink glasses, and enjoy!

This is a perfect little cocktail for all occasions — but especially being that shower season is coming up…we think this would be a hit as you shower a special bride-to-be or to have for guests at a baby shower! Or, as always, you can just make it for you…because you deserve a drink, mama!

For more information and video on how to make it, visit us on Instagram @Corksandcheers!

Cheers!

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