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Cabernade

Friends! What a wild month it continues to be, are we right!? Quarantine is *kind of* coming to an end but we still know the weirdness and stress of 2020 remains in full swing. We’re all looking for the solution to the madness, and while it may not be *THE* solution, we think we have a pretty good solution to offer you…and we call it Cabernade!

At this point, the highlight of most days is the yummy beverage(s) we get to enjoy sometime into the evening (or afternoon…or morning, who are we to judge!?)…right?! And with summer knocking at our doors, we figured a fun twist on your classic, summery lemonade would be a perfect little treat to share with you!

Here’s what you’ll need:
-1 Bottle Chalkboard Cabernet Sauvignon
-Lemonade
-Vodka (we used Absolute Citron for added flavor)
-Lemon to garnish

And here’s how you make it:
In a champagne flute, add 1 shot of vodka, followed by lemonade until glass is about 1/3 to 1/2 full depending on how much wine you prefer. Finally, top with your Cab. You could honestly serve this chilled or at room temperature, we don’t seem to mind either because, honestly you guys — it is SO delish! 

And there you have it — we continue keeping it real over here with the easiest, yummiest recipes for you! We cannot wait to see pictures of you enjoying your Cabernade in the sunshine and in the rain! 

To see the video and how we made it, visit our Instagram page @corksandcheers!
Cheers, friends! 

Ogio Creamsicle Mimosa

Okay, y’all…how is everyone holding up!? We are DEEP into this wild quarantine season and speaking from experience, some of us are ready to lose our minds, right!? Which is where we come in! Who’s ready for an April pick-me-up?!

Today we’re sharing our to-die-for Ogio Creamsicle Mimosas and y’all — these things put the OG mimosas to shame! The recipe is super easy, and the taste is DE-LISH!

Here’s what you’ll need:
Ogio Prosecco
Heavy Cream
Orange Juice
Oranges to garnish

And here’s how you make it:
It’s honestly a normal mimosa, with the addition of heavy cream. We started by pouring our OJ into a champagne flute, followed by the heavy cream, and topped with our Prosecco. As far as amounts, you can kind of eyeball it & adjust to taste. We, of course, are big believers in more Prosecco than OJ, but you do you! Garnish with orange slices and enjoy! SO smooth, so delicious.

We are obsessed with this one! It really is like a creamsicle in a cup and is the PERFECT drink to transition us into those warmer temps (and hopefully out of quarantine, right!?) This is a great option to enjoy with brunch OR as a dessert after a meal! Whichever way you decide to enjoy it, we know you won’t be disappointed!

Cheers!

Happy Malbec Day

Well, well, well — it’s finally spring, April is in full swing, and we are all mandated by the government to enjoy it ALONE from the comfort of our own homes. I don’t know that any season of life has ever warranted our desperate need for a national wine holiday more than this one, right?!

But fear not, beloved Quaranteam — international Malbec Day is here to save the day…or week..or month? Or however long this quarantine lasts! Basically, it’s here to save the day for as many days as you need it to! 

Today, to celebrate, we’re featuring one of our absolute favorite bottles, Espuela Del Gaucho Malbec. This Malbec boasts an incredible flavor, marked by hints of dark cherries and plum that mix effortlessly with notes of vanilla and chocolate. Basically, trust us when we say you should probably go ahead and buy more than one bottle because you’re not going to want this one to end. Plus — quarantine — you feel us?!

We paired this Malbec with some Pretzel Thins and a pair of Murray cheeses. We used both English Cheddar as well as their North Sea Cheese and we highly recommend both. They are the perfect pairing to compliment your glass (bottle?) of Malbec.

In all seriousness, though, we hope you & your loved ones are all staying healthy and safe during this crazy time! We think now is the perfect time to pour yourself a glass of wine, and take a moment to truly unwind, be it alone or with your quarantine partner — 6 feet apart, of course! 

Cheers and happy Malbec Day, friends!

Dellatorri Coconut Pineapple Mimosa

Okay, friends… in case you missed it — we’ve got your easter gift-giving covered — but now it’s time to focus on treating yourself! Which is why we’re brining you the most amazing spring mimosa to sip on while you’re celebrating Easter (or spring in general) from your couch! 

Introducing the Delatorri Coconut Pineapple Mimosa. The ingredients are kind of self explanatory but let’s break it down to be sure.

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 bottle of Dellatorri Sparkling Moscato
Coconut Milk
Pineapple Juice
Whipped Cream
Pineapple to garnish

And here’s how you make it:
In a champagne flute, pour equal parts coconut milk and pineapple juice. Top with Dellatorri Sparkling Moscato and add a dollop of whipped cream. Garnish with pineapple chunks, and enjoy!

Ok but you guys — can we just talk about HOW DIVINE THIS DRINK IS?! First of all it tastes like something you’d receive at some swanky beachfront hotel, and second of all it is just plain pretty to look at! And can’t we all use a pretty little drink to stare at right now!?

So whatever your Easter plans are — make sure they include this mimosa! You will thank us later, we promise!

Happy Easter, Corks + Cheers Family!

Hoppy Gifting!

Well, friends, Easter looks a little bit different for us this year unfortunately…but that doesn’t mean we still didn’t find a way to celebrate!

Just because we’re all quarantined to our houses and aren’t getting to have our normal Easter celebrations, doesn’t mean the bunny is off duty! That’s why we’ve come up with this SUPER easy little Easter gift basket…perfect for dropping on a friend’s doorstep or gifting your Easter host when you get to celebrate (even if it’s a few weeks late!)

For this little gift, we went with the perfect spring-pink drink — our Chalkboard Rosé — and paired it with these delicious, limited edition Lindt Chocolate Neapolitan Truffles!  All we did was grab a cute basket while on one of our *essential* grocery store trips, added some pretty easter grass to the bottom, and put the wine and chocolate inside! So simple, so cute, and thoughtful enough to remind your people that just because we’re not together, doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate! 

To make it a little more personal, throw in a handwritten note of encouragement — because who doesn’t love a little bit of affirmation to go with their wine and chocolate! We know we do! 

The best part about this — you can make it over and over and over again to gift to as many friends as you want!

We hope you’re staying safe and healthy friends… and we hope you’re finding the beauty in a quieter, calmer Easter this year! Hoppy Easter & Hoppy Gifting! 

Simple Charcuterie

Hey, friends! We’re coming to you today with a SUPER simple snack idea or a really easy appetizer to throw together and take to your next get together.

As everyone knows, charcuterie boards are the “cheese & crackers” of the 2020’s and to be honest, we’re wondering why it has taken this long for people to realize how much people prefer this as an option at a party.

You’re probably familiar with the lavish boards that are sprinkled throughout Pinterest and Instagram, and while we LOVE those, today we’re giving you the “oh my gosh, I forgot I’m supposed to bring a dish to share!” option…meaning a few blocks of cheese, some pita chips, and *most* importantly, WINE!

For this super simple pairing, we used gruyere and gouda paired with Stacey’s Naked Pita Chips and a bottle of our delicious Acronym Red Blend. Per usual, you could change up the cheese if you want, or you can heed our advice and trust that these were a pretty perfect pairing!

As always, you can find our delicious Acronym Red Blend at your local Kroger. And if you’re feeling fancy, you could even throw some sort of fig jam or fruity counterparts on your board. It all depends on how much time you’re working with, right!?

Cheers!

Blueberry Bubbly

You guys…SPRING. IS. HERE. And We are LIVING in our feels because of it. Does anyone else feel like winter completely overstayed its welcome? Yeah, same. Which gives us allll the justifications in the world to be as excited as we are about spring. ANYWAY.. being that spring is officially in the air, so are allll the springy drinks! And we are kicking things off with one of THE tastiest drinks we’ve made to date…meet our pretty little Blueberry Bubbly! 

If you’re a fan of berries, you’re going to be hooked on this drink! And in true Corks + Cheers fashion, it involves minimal ingredients and essentially no time to make. 

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 can of Simple Truth Mixed Berry seltzer water
1 cup blueberries
1 bottle Acronym Ruby Red Blend

And here’s how you make it:
Start by filling the bottom of the glass with 1/2 cup blueberries (the amount is really up to you — if you’d like less, do that! Totally your call!) Over the blueberries, fill your glass about halfway with your seltzer water. Top with Acronym Ruby Red Blend, sip, and enjoy! 

Fair warning: this one goes down like water and will FOR SURE having you coming back for more! Fair warning pt. 2: your friends will never leave your house if you’re serving this up…it’s that good! Cheers friends! And HAPPY SPRING!

Clover Chardonnay

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya, friends! Whether your parents are actual leprechauns or you don’t have a lick of Irish in your bloodline, we are big believers that on March 17th, everybody is a little bit Irish! Which means everybody should be celebrating, right!?

And while Green Beer Day is basically a national (international?) holiday, we understand that not everybody is on board the beer train. So how about we just call it Green Drink Day, k? We think that’s something everybody can support.

So, in honor of Green Drink Day, allow us to introduce our Clover Chardonnay…the perfect green drink to sip your way through St. Patty’s Day this year. And per usual, it’s super simple to make!


Here’s what you’ll need:
2 limes, sliced
2 granny smith apples
1 can Simple Truth Lemon Lime seltzer water
1 bottle Magistrate Chardonnay

And here’s how you make it:
Begin by filling your glass with a handful of diced green apples and small lime slices. Pour half the can of seltzer water over the fruit. Top with Magistrate Chardonnay. Garnish with lime slices if you wish! (Makes 2 drinks)

Here’s hoping luck is on your side this St. Patty’s Day! Cheers, friends!

Citrus Chardonnay Mimosa

Y’all, can you feel it in the air!? Well, maybe not in the actual air, per-say, since it’s still pretty frigid cold here in the midwest, BUT all the retailers of the world are catching Spring Fever and we’re seeing bright, springy colors and sunny, spring breezes in the future!

So, what better to go with the bright colors than a bright, crisp, spring cocktail!? Enter our Citrus Mimosa featuring our Parker’s Estate Chardonnay. 

Per usual it’s quick and easy to make! Here’s what you’ll need:
1 Lemon
1 Orange
Orange Triple Sec
San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
Parker’s Estate Chardonnay

And here’s how you make it:
Juice your orange and lemon, set aside. Over ice, pour 1 shot of Triple Sec. Add 2 oz of both the lemon juice and the orange juice. Add 2 oz San Pellegrino sparkling water. Finish with 4 oz Parker’s Estate Chardonnay. Garnish with orange and lemon slices, and serve! 

Easy peasy lemon squeezy…literally! Cheers!

It’s National Zinfandel Day!

What would we be good for around here if not to give you every excuse in the book to enjoy a glass of wine as part of a national holiday!? Another national holiday to celebrate another wine, you ask!? YES and YES. And you’re welcome. Again.

This time, we’re celebrating Zinfandel Day! And instead of just suggesting a glass of Zin for you to enjoy, we’ve included one of our timeless recipes to help you spice it up a little bit! Don’t get us wrong — just a normal glass of Zinfandel is a great option, but sometimes it’s just fun to make it a mixer!

So — allow us to introduce you to our Cranberry-Lime Zinfandel Mixer. It’s DELISH and honestly would be a fantastic drink to serve at all the holiday parties you have coming up! Nothing says holiday cocktail quite like cranberries, right!?

Here’s what you’ll need:
-1 bottle Zinopolis Zinfandel
-2 cups Cranberry Juice
-2-3 tbsp Lime Juice (to taste)
-2/3 cup Sparkling Water
-Lime, sliced for garnish
-Fresh Cranberries

Here’s how you make it:
Disclaimer: as per usual with our recipes, this is about as easy as it comes.
Start by combining your wine, cranberry juice, lime juice, and cranberries in a pitcher, then chill in the refrigerator. Once chilled and right before serving, add your sparkling water. Garnish with lime and enjoy!

Easy peasy!

Not a mixer kind’a gal? No worries! Our Zinopolis Zinfandel is amazing by itself! It’s a full bodied wine with dark berry flavors, and it is incredibly smooth and velvety. We can’t say enough good things about this bottle! Grab yours at your local Kroger!

Come hang with us on social media and let us know how you’re celebrating Zinfandel Day! We’re @corksandcheers on Instagram and Corks + Cheers on Facebook!

Cheers!

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