Champagne Bar: Two of the Loveliest Words in the English Language

Come warm yourself by our champagne fireplace.

Ain’t that the truth?

Earlier this month we shared some ideas for a Hot Chocolate Bar; after doing extensive research on DIY stations, including ignoring my children and eating an entire bag of butterscotch chips, I couldn’t resist creating a mini-series on this idea of DIY stations for guests.

Today’s Treat: Champagne

Service with a smile.

Service with a smile at Union Station.

Just writing it makes me happy.

Nothing says ‘celebrate’ quite like champagne. My friends, family, and that one know-it-all guy at Corridor 44 who thought I should eat something before having another glass of the nectar of the gods can attest that champagne is, by far, my own personal favorite drink. But you can’t drink it all the time. Because those other mothers at preschool would be jealous concerned.

I don’t need to add anything to my champagne – like dinner – but this is not about me. It’s about you AND me – and anyone else who appreciates a glass of bubbly. Like all of us at Epicurean Group. Parties are our game. And our job. Put those in whatever order you wish.

Let's pray some of my co-workers were drinking prior to the second photo.

Let’s pray some of my co-workers were drinking prior to the second photo.

The holidays are a perfect time to create a self-serve station for your guests. It allows for more socializing and less stressing. Always a good thing.

Labels are helpful. Especially, um, later...

Labels are helpful. Especially, um, later…

Today is New Year’s Eve so if you are hosting a soiree or simply want to do something special on New Year’s Day, may we introduce you to the MmmmMimosa Station? Simple elegance, with an emphasis on simple.

Yum.

Yum.

Why bother with glasses? Tie a straw to mini bottles of bubbly!

Why bother with glasses? Tie a straw to mini bottles of bubbly!

MmmmMimosa Station

Ingredients and Accouterments:

  • Ice buckets or other large bin filled with with ice
  • Four containers for fruit (try IKEA or the dollar store if you don’t have any on hand – or use the coffee cups from your wedding china set because, let’s face it, you’re not drinking coffee when champagne is available)
  • Four glass bottles for juice
  • Labels (for labeling juice and for guests to tag their glasses – I use paint sample cards – free! And any color you want. And did I mention free! )
  • Glasses (one per guest)
  • DIY labels
  • Sharpie Pen
  • Champagne or prosecco
  • Sparkling cider
  • Orange juice
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Raspberry lemonade concentrate
  • Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, pineapple (feel free to improvise)
  • Sugar cubes
How sweet are these sugar cubes?

How sweet are these sugar cubes?

Paint samples make great labels.

Paint samples make great labels.

Directions:

  • Chill champagne, prosseco, juice and cider overnight or in an ice bath
  • Pour juice in glass containers, write or print out labels and tie to the bottle
  • Place champagne in an ice bucket on the table
  • Place glasses, fruit, napkins, juice, labels, sugar cubes, and marker on the table

Pour yourself a glass and say hello to 2015 (and maybe a tiny-but-worth-it-headache)!

 

 

submitted by Stephanie Blackford

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Time Flies When You’re Having Rum

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Whatever happened to rum? I swear, you move from the sunny shores of the south to the blue skies of the west and all of a sudden rum punch, rum runners, rum and Coke, and even gin rummy disappear quicker than a cheap spray tan. Well, friends, fear not! I am currently sacrificing my summer for the greater good of all Denverites and sampling several rum-somethings while taking in a stunning view of Clearwater beach. I must say I am feeling nostalgic. Rum reminds me of my youth (and some people claim chocolate chip cookies remind them of childhood!?) and the tan? Free. I highly recommend this recipe – and I highly recommend a vacation to the Florida coast.

Rum Two Punch

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1 cup coconut rum
  • 3 cups fresh orange juice
  • 2.5 cups fresh pineapple juice
  • 3  tbsp. grenadine syrup
  • Lime (add a generous squeeze to mixture, slice the rest for garnish)
  • Ice cubes

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients, garnish with lime, reapply some sunscreen, and enjoy.

Peyton The Town Orange

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Oh happy day – Peyton Manning has come to play!

As Sports Authority Field at Mile High‘s exclusive caterer, the mixologists at Epicurean pulled an all-nighter to create a cocktail celebrating Manning’s signing with the Denver Broncos.  Someone had to do it.

And while we are known for our food, we are clearly fans of a good cocktail – though we’ve finally gotten smart and burned the incriminating photos.

So in honor of Manning wearing the orange jersey AND his roots as a good ol’ southern boy born in New Orleans, we’ve created the You Da Man-ning Rumble Punch:

You Da Man-ning Rumble Punch
Ingredients:
– 1 oz white rum
– 1/2 oz Cointreau liqueur
– 4 oz fresh squeezed blood orange juice
– 1 oz pineapple juice

Directions:
– Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker
– Shake well & strain into a cocktail glass
– Raise said glass to Peyton Manning while saying (out loud, preferably) “You da MAN”
– Drink it down.  Repeat.

Cheers,
Stephanie Blackford
Communications & Community Outreach Director
sblackford@epicureancg.com