Festive Fizz: Pear + Thyme + Bubbly

Happy Friday!

As you may remember from my Raise your Glass post last week I’ve been looking for a fabulous holiday cocktail that incorporates bubbles to begin the holiday festivities with my loved ones this year.  I came across this recipe on Camille Styles’ blog, tried it for myself and must say, this is the one.

The ideal for me was to create something that would add some flavor appropriate for the holiday season {savory flavor of thyme} but not be too heavy or overpowering with hors d’oeuvres.  We will be starting with an assortment of cheeses, pâtés, a salmon mousse and some figs with parma ham, so something that is light enough yet versatile to go with an array of flavors and textures.

I made this last night and found that one of the beautiful things about this drink is that you ideally make it 2-4 hours ahead of serving so that the flavors have time to mull together.  This is perfect for when guests arrive. You can simply pour them a cocktail rather than start making one!

So here is how to make this Festive Fizz:

2 cups good-quality apple juice {I actually juiced granny smith apples in my juicer for this}
1 ripe but firm pear, very thinly sliced
12 sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur {I tried a different cognac for this project but prefer grand marnier}
1 bottle sparkling wine {champagne, prosecco or cava}
1. In a pitcher, combine apple juice, pears, thyme and liqueur. Stir together, then refrigerate for 2 – 4 hours to allow the pears and thyme to infuse the juice with flavor.
2. Divide between 6 champagne flutes or glasses, discarding thyme, then fill remainder of each glass with champagne. Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh thyme.

Technically this drink should be served in a champagne glass since it has champagne, however I chose to dig into some vintage {1965} imperial glass barware instead. The gold tray is from West Elm.

These linen stag cocktail napkins are darling, I love them and really like the gold thread detailing for some holiday sparkle.  They can be found here {they just happen to be on sale!!}.

So there you have it.  You’ll have to let me know if you try it as well and what you think.

Cheers to you and happy weekend!

first three images via Camille Styles.

About Emmanuelle

Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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