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Mother's Day will be here before you know it, and what better way to celebrate your mom than brunch and a special cocktail?
The girl & the fig is one of the best brunch spots in Sonoma, and they are our go-to spot for brunch this Mother's Day. We teamed up with their amazing team and brought back a recipe for the Estate's Fellini from Plats du Jour by the Girl & the Fig Owner, Sondra Bernstein.
A fairly straightforward champagne cocktail, the Estate's Fellini packs a surprising punch. Featuring flavors of blood orange, lemon, and champagne this tangy libation pairs perfectly with brunch food of all sorts. Think house smoked salmon, quiche lorraine, almond pancakes, or a house made ham hash.
"Country food with a French passion"
In case you are not in the area or can't make it into the girl & the fig on Mother's day, they were ever so generous as to share the recipe with us, to share with you all.
Estate's Fellini- Makes 2 Cocktails
2.5 Ounces Limoncello
2 Ounces Blood Orange Purée
Orange Wedges or Slices, For Garnish
In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine the limoncello and blood orange purée. Mix to chill. Strain the mixture into two champagne flutes, dividing equally. Top with well-chilled sparkling wine and garnish with an orange wedge or a slice.
We used the HelloCello Limoncello di Sonoma from prohibition spirits- a local distillery that has perfected their limoncello, crafted of local lemons soaked in high proof distilled grain alcohol and agave sugar. They also make OrangeCello, FigCello, and other hand-crafted spirits. Visit their distillery tasting room at Cornerstone, Sonoma to taste it all! The girl and the fig also opted for a local company when choosing the blood orange purée. The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley creates premium purees, concentrates, zests, and blends to be used by chefs and mixologists alike across the United States and internationally.
We topped our cocktails off with French bubbles from a bottle of Pol Clément Brut. This was the perfect addition to the Fellini with hints of apple and citrus, and nuances of toasted bread and dried fruit.
This Mother's Day cocktail will be featured at the girl & the fig for brunch on May 14th, and you don't want to miss your chance to enjoy it. This special cocktail won't be listed on the menu, so you'll have to ask for it specifically! Call ahead or click here to make your reservations and give your mom the gift of brunch!
New Years Eve is (literally) right around the corner, and there is no better way to send off 2016 than with a cocktail, the Champagne Mule.
We love a good signature drink as much as anyone, and whether you are hosting a New Years Eve party or just toasting with friends, this simple cocktail is sure to delight. The best part about it? It is beyond easy to make- it only has 3 ingredients! Bubbles are essential for ringing in the new year, and we think this spin on the classic Moscow Mule is really fun.
The Champagne Mule
- Pour Champagne, about a half glass. We used a local favorite, Mumm Napa's Brut Prestige. We also tried a variation with their Rosé which was phenomenal as well. You can really use any Champagne or sparkling wine you like the flavor of.
- Add a splash of your favorite ginger beer. If you're a Champagne purist you need barely any- this stuff generally has a strong flavor and can overpower the Champagne pretty easily. However, feel free to add more ginger beer to your taste! We used Fever Tree Ginger Beer. It has just the right amount of spice to sweet.
- Finish with a dash or a squeeze of lime juice, and garnish with a fresh lime slice. The pop of color is eye catching and adds another dimension to the presentation of the drink.
- Sip, and enjoy!
Note: You can also make this in larger batches if desired, however with so few ingredients it is almost easier to make them one at a time.
It seems too good to be true right? Well we are here to tell you it's not! Sometimes less is more in entertaining and this drink is a sure hit. Moscow Mule variations have been everyone's featured cocktails this year and the Champagne Mule is our newest favorite. New Years Eve is hectic enough, so a simple signature Champagne cocktail is welcomed. The Champagne Mule is how we will be toasting into 2017 on New Years Eve!