Sage Grapefruit Champagne Cocktail

The Traveling Tin Co.’s Amanda Stowell shares this champagne cocktail recipe with us, just in time to ring in the holidays with extra cheer.

Recipe inspired by Pinterest
Serves one 10-ounce glass

1.5 ounces pink grapefruit juice
1.5 ounces sage simple syrup
2–3 dashes Angostura Bitters
½ cup champagne
Fresh sage leaves

To Prepare
Vigorously shake the grapefruit juice, sage simple syrup and Bitters in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with fresh ice and top with champagne. Garnish with fresh sage.

To top off these drinks, The Traveling Tin Co.’s Amanda Stowell recommends a few champagnes to hit just the right note:

Vueve Clicquot
Price: Around $72
Where to buy: Lucky’s Market (3333 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield; 417-889-0779)
This high-end champagne has a lightly toasty taste, with a medium acidity. Stowell says this is the best bottle for special occasions. For a little holiday flair, slowly pour a little grenadine down the side for a pretty ombre look. Top it off with some rosemary. 

Canard-Duchene Brut
Price: $39.98
Where to buy: Macadoodles (1455 E. Independence St., Springfield; 417-883-9000
According to Macadoodles, this champagne boasts delicate bubbles and has intense aromas of fresh fruit. Stowell suggests pairing this champagne with a crab Maison salad or hors d’oeuvres. 

The Diver Brut
Price: $17 
Where to buy: Vino Cellars (multiple locations)
If you’re looking for a more economical choice, look no further. Although this wine is technically considered a sparkling wine, Stowell says the light texture pairs well with salty or spicy flavors.