Sure Galentine’s Day may be a made up Holiday, but I’ll take any excuse to spend a day celebrating the lovely ladies in my life.
The perfect brunch menu does exist and it consists of: cocktails, food, chocolates, wine, and friends. I have a menu so good – even Leslie Knope would approve. Now even though Brunch is nothing without a mimosa, I’m pretty sure us ladies know how to make those pretty well by now…90% Champagne & 10% Orange Juice right? Anyway, now that we’ve mastered that let’s get started with one of my favorite sips that’s a little different.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes, plus 24 hours to chill
Difficulty Level: Easy
Impress the girl’s with this fruity Sangria. A must have at brunch, and a definite “heck yes” in the group chat.
- 1 750-mL bottle Rosé
- 1/4 cup orange liqueur
- 2 Tbs. brandy
- 1-2 Tbs. granulated sugar (optional)
- 1 cup grapes, sliced in half
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup chilled sparkling water
- More grapes and strawberries for garnish (optional)
- In a large pitcher, combine rosé, orange liqueur, and brandy. Add sugar to taste if desired.
- Stir until sugar is dissolved (if added) or until ingredients are combined.
- Add the halved grapes, strawberries and sparkling water to the pitcher, then stir again.
- Chill overnight for best results, or serve immediately.
- Serve in glasses over ice.
- Garnish with grapes and strawberries.
Need a visual? Here’s a video:
The next cocktail I have prepared is one to die for. I mean White Claw, Strawberry Lemonade, and Rose in one drink? Could this be better than a diamond? Definitely not but definitely close.
STRAWBERRY LEMONADE SPRITZER
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
- Rosé Wine
- 4 oz. White Claw Pure Hard Seltzer
- 4 oz. Strawberry Lemonade
- Fresh lemon, for garnish
- Place a strawberry in each compartment of an ice cube tray and top with Rosé Wine.
- Place in freezer and chill overnight until frozen.
- Pour half of a White Claw into a glass with the Rosé & strawberry ice cubes, top off with strawberry lemonade.
- Garnish with lemon.
No my visual learners, I didn’t forget about you:
Did someone say bagels? A little sparkle goes a long way, and immediately turns any basic brunch food up a notch. Sparkling wines typically offer a tart acidity and light sweetness, which help to cleanse the palate when paired with delicious bagels. And the best part is, the more toppings you add, the more these sparkling wines really help those flavors pop!
Smoked salmon is the ultimate brunch bestie and quite the breakfast combination. Often served with bagels, avocado toast or capers, the secret behind pairing this dish is finding a wine with enough acidity to complement the super salty and fishy flavors—while also being delicate enough not to overpower them. Sauvignon’s crisp, refreshing taste does just that.
Leslie Knope would be disappointed if waffles were not included in our brunch menu. So whether they’re drenched in syrup or covered in fruit, waffles go well with a variety of drinks. Rosé is one of the best brunch drinks to pair with these delicious carb bombs, particularly when you load it up with oranges, limes or raspberries. The acidic fruit cuts through the rich syrup and thick waffles, and the sweetness of the wine creates a lovely balance.
I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for Galentine’s day. If you’re looking for even MORE inspo on how to celebrate with your girls, head over to our brunch page to get tips on all the sips and sweets for the perfect day.