Rhubarb Délice Mimosas

This past Sunday I spent the afternoon catching up with my dear sis and mom. These are visits that don’t seem to happen often enough, but that I always look forward to. We all share a love for sparkling wine and champagne, so of course our time together involved bubbly cocktails, plenty of laughs and a few quick appetizers that I whipped up that morning.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

I kept the menu simple with fresh fruit, assorted crackers and chips, spiced lentil and apricot hummus, pico de gallo, a variety of nuts, olives and crudité, all of  which paired beautifully with our beverage of choice for the day, Délice Chandon. A new cuvée from Napa that’s super refreshing and perfect for Spring, with fruity notes and a light sweetness. Delicious on its own, but also a rather tasty compliment to the homemade rhubarb fruit puree that I made.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

The tartness of the rhubarb blends with the sweetness of the Délice bubbly so very well creating a harmonious Spring time cocktail, that’s a fabulous brunch, afternoons with your favorite girls, or as celebratory beverage option.

It was so good that I’m looking forward to many weekends ahead with this cocktail on repeat.

Be sure to add it to your Spring and Summer beverage rotation as well!

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas

A sparkling cocktail made with Délice cuvée and fresh blended rhubarb. An instant Spring and Summertime favorite.

Ingredients/Supplies:

1 bottle of Délice Chandon (will make 6 servings)

2 cups fresh rhubarb washed and chopped into chunks

2 tablespoons of raw sugar

1.5 cups of water

mint sprigs for garnish

Blender/Magic Bullet

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Place your chopped rhubarb into a pot with raw sugar and stir well to incorporate.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Add the water to the pot and bring to a boil stirring the mixture occasionally.

Continue to cook the fruit mixture until the rhubarb breaks down. About 10-12 minutes.

Transfer rhubarb mixture to your blender or magic bullet and puree until completely smooth.

Pour through a fine sieve and transfer to a glass jar.

Chill your gorgeous pink blended rhubarb until ready to serve.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Pour Délice bubbly into each of your champagne glasses filling 3/4 of the way full.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Top with two to 3 teaspoons of rhubarb mixture and stir in with a stir stick, until fully blended and a soft shade of pink.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Garnish with mint leaves and propose a toast!

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Sweet, chic and délice.

Of course you can always enjoy this sparkling wine right out of the bottle. With flavors of nectarine, pear and grapefruit you’ll love it on its own or garnished with fresh citrus or herbs.

Cheers and happy Tuesday! Hoping your Sunday was as lovely as mine.

More on the way soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Rhubarb Délice Mimosas was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2015.

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Farewell 2014 + Frozen Berries & Champagne

Raising a glass to 2014 as the year comes to a close. There were so many highlights and bright moments I experienced and I’m incredibly grateful for them all! Thank you to all of you for your continued support of Posh Little Designs! All of my lovely friends and peers in the blogging community, my customers and those I’ve had the honor of meeting and getting to know thru social networks. I have nothing but happiness in my heart for each and every one of you!
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I am so looking forward to all that 2015 has to offer, but what we’ve created in 2014 is completely worth celebrating!

Cue the champagne!

literally!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

I can’t think of a more fitting time to share this quick and simple champagne cocktail with you guys. Complete with fresh fruit, blended and frozen into cubes for an easy and last-minute beverage, if you will be hosting a little NYE party this evening. This recipe will take just a few minutes to make and serves as a nice alternative to champagne by itself.

I hope you enjoy!

Frozen Berries & Champagne

Ingredients/Supplies

1 ice-cube tray

Champagne glasses or coupes

1 bottle of your favorite bubbles ( I chose Sofia Blanc de Blancs mini’s because they’re pretty, pink and I had them on hand)

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries and strawberries (or fruit of your choice)

2 tbsp organic fruit juice

strainer

saran wrap

blender

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Instructions:

Blend fruit with organic fruit juice of your choice until liquified.

Pour blended fruit through a strainer to catch seeds.

Fill each cavity of your ice-cube tray with blended fruit mixture and cover with saran.

Place in the freezer for at least one hour or until completely frozen.

When ready to enjoy, remove the cubes from the tray and place 1-2 in each champagne glass.

Pour bubbles over top the frozen berry cubes and allow them to slowly melt into the champagne.

Then propose a toast!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

I have to admit, this post was actually supposed to be happening a few days ago, but unfortunately I have come down with the flu so I’ve been a little slow at getting it published. My New Years Eve plans for this evening have been canceled but I’m happy to be ringing in 2015 with one of these!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2015!

Cheers!

I’ll have much more to share here soon!

xoxo

Brandi

This specific recipe for Frozen Berries and Champagne was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Bubbles (V)

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry season is upon us and my little indoor basil plant is FINALLY starting to grow enough leaves for use. Yes,  finally…after 3 months in poor window lighting I have a small abundance of basil leaves available at my fingertips. This is a nice little convenience to have and totally became the inspiration for today’s summer treat. Of course I couldn’t just use basil alone. I’ve combined the fresh local blackberries my hubs brought home the other morning with the tiny home-grown basil leaves to create an delightful summer sorbet.

I gotta admit, I’m a bit surprised with my sorbet making skills. I’m not always this lucky, but I guess sometimes winging it is the best thing you can do. No ice-cream machine necessary, just a few simple ingredients is all that you need to make this frozen favorite.

 Top with a splash of bubbly for a little extra pizazz.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Bubbles (V)

The fruit and herb pairing is trendy and fresh and the blended color is vibrant. The baby basil leaves are not too overpowering, and offer just enough bite to balance the tartness of the fresh blackberries. The champagne floater adds a whimsical and fun finishing touch.

(makes about 4 servings – recipe can be doubled)

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies

2  heaping cups local blackberries rinsed.

1-2 small lemons juiced – depending on how tart your blackberries are. Use less if they’re a bit on the sour side.

6-8 baby leaves from a basil plant – if using store-bought basil, limit to 3-4 regular sized leaves.

1 1/4 cup raw turbinado sugar.

1 1/4 cups water.

stainless steel pan.

strainer

blender or food processor.

Sofia blanc de blancs champagne.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Create simple syrup by heating together the water and turbinado sugar. Allow mixture to come to a rolling boil and then continue to boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to completely cool.

While the simple syrup is cooling squeeze your lemons into a separate dish and set aside.

Once simple syrup is fully cooled, pour it into a blender or food processor with blackberries, lemon juice and basil leaves.

Blend or food process on high until completely pureed.

Pour blackberry basil and sugar mixture into a stainless steel pan or dish, ssing a strainer to catch all the seeds. Discard excess seeds.

Place mixture in the freezer, and allow to freeze for about 2 hours.

It should already have the consistency of a sorbet, but to make it even creamier, remove all sorbet from the steel dish and place it back in the blender/processer. Blend/mix on high for about 1 more minute, and then cover and place back in the freezer in the same steel dish for at least 2 more hours. You can also freeze overnight. But make sure to allow a few minutes to thaw before serving.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

After the 2 additional hours in the freezer, your sorbet is ready to enjoy.

Scoop into chic dishes and top with your favorite bubbly. I chose Sofia blanc de blancs because the packaging is pink, adorbs and an entertaining essential.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

This sorbet will make a great dessert or palate cleanser for any occasion!

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

 I can already envision myself enjoying one of these on the back deck with my favorite ladies.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

To make the sorbet kid friendly or alcohol free, simply omit the champagne. They were a hit with my two girls.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Thanks for reading! I hope you give this recipe a try! We’re officially just over 1 week until my daughter’s 5th birthday, so I’ll be devoting most of my attention to projects for that event– which I hope to have time to share with you soon. Until then, you can find me on instagram: @poshlittledesigns for daily updates.

xo

This specific recipe for Blackberry Basil Sorbet was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014

Pop Fizz Cheers Posh

With so many highlights from 2013, I’m ready to start celebrating early! It really has been a great year and I have the perfect way to bid farewell. This perfection I speak of is in the form of a cocktail, because a New Years Eve celebration just wouldn’t be complete without em! Specifically bubbly (of course) and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur.

If you’ve never tried St. Germain, you must! It’s a french liqueur that features floral notes and tropical fruit flavors that quickly became a favorite of mine. It tastes delicious on the rocks, but also adds a fun twist to a simple glass of champagne! And….how gorgeous is the bottle in black and gold?!

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

You most definitely don’t need to be a bartender or mixologist to make this cocktail. Just a few ingredients is all you’ll need to get the celebration started:

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Posh Sparkling Cocktail

This cocktail is most commonly known as the Hummingbird, but I made mine omitting the seltzer water and using fresh squeezed lemon juice, lastly adding a sugar rim and blackberries for garnish.

The combination is sweet, bright and aromatic.

Ingredients

1 bottle of quality grade sparkling wine or champagne. (I chose Michelle Brut which is affordable and quite versatile. The sparkling wine is not too dry and has citrus notes pairing beautifully with the floral liqueur.

1 bottle of St. Germain Elderflower liqueur

Fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Blackberries for garnish.

Gold sugar for the rim and posh. This is certainly optional, but I couldn’t resist!

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Instructions

Rim the edge of each champagne glass with lemon wedge and dip in gold sugar.

Pour each glass 3/4 of the way full with chilled sparkling wine or champagne.

Top the remainder of the glass with St. Germain Liqueur and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Garnish each cocktail with blackberries.

And there you have it! A quick NYE cocktail, taking just moments to make and simple to replenish.

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Pop, Fizz Cheers!

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Now that you’ve got the cocktail down, I’ve noted a few tips to add the Posh element to your Pop Fizz Cheers NYE.

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

You can never go wrong with black and gold. Items like sequins and spangles, transform into sparkly confetti when combined.

Color coordinated print cards displaying simple words add an element of whimsy to any party. These cards can be made with your home computer and printer in just seconds. All you have to do is type, print and clip.

Other sparkly details like glittered clothespins that I made over the holidays add a touch of glam.

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Use mix and match glass and serving ware for a signature look.

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

You can find the gold chevron paper straws in my Etsy Store.

This year for NYE my hubby and I will not be hosting or staying in. Instead we’ll be celebrating with a group of friends over a late night dinner at a restaurant and casino. What do you have planned? I’d love to hear!

Cheers and Happy New Year friends!

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2011-2014.

Make – Prosecco Infused Fruit ~ Red, White & Blue

One of the must serve beverages at a posh celebration is sparkling wine/champagne! The bubbles, fizz and pop of the cork represent everything that a party should be. And since it’s available in all price ranges it’s affordable for any type of gathering. Pour it in your best flutes or pair it with your favorite mixer and you have a party on your hands in a matter of seconds. Or if you’re up to trying something new you can pair it with some festive fruit for the Fourth of July holiday happening in just a few short days.

Prosecco infused fruit

Prosecco is the Italian and less expensive alternative to champagne. The sparkling wine is sweet to taste and usually a bit on the dry side. It’s a classic in bellinis and goes well with all sorts of fruits, which is why I chose to use it for this recipe. La Marca happens to be one of my favorite brands of prosecco. It’s good quality and well priced. I picked watermelon, pear and blueberries to tie in the colors of the Independence Day holiday. Cut the fruit into star shapes using a mini star cookie cutter and finished them with handmade ribbon toothpick flags.

Fourth of July Fabulous.

Prosecco Infused Fruit

Prosecco Infused Fruit – Red White & Blue

The Prosecco paired with the watermelon, pear and blueberry is light, refreshing and the perfect celebratory bite and palate cleanser to serve between an appetizer and main course, or as an after dinner refreshment.

Serves 12

Ingredients/Supplies

1 bottle Prosecco/Sparkling Wine

1  half of a miniature watermelon sliced into 2 inch thick rounds

2 pears sliced into 2 inch thick pieces

12 blueberries (or 1 for each guest)

Fresh lemon juice

Mini star-shaped cookie cutter (optional…you can always cut them into even squares or rounds – use what you have on hand)

12 Appetizer spoons

12 toothpicks and red ribbon.

Instructions

Slice watermelon and pear into even pieces.

Squeeze fresh lemon juice over sliced pear to prevent browning.

Using your mini star cookie cutter begin cutting the fruit rounds into star shapes.

Place all cut fruit into a medium size bowl adding the blueberries last.

Pour champagne over top the fruit until fruit is fully submerged.

Place in fridge to chill and soak for 1 to 2 hours.

Prosecco infused fruit

Meanwhile and if you’re feeling crafty, you can prep the toothpick flags.

Toothpick Ribbon Flags

Cut ribbon into 4 inch straight line pieces.

Place the toothpick to the end of each piece of ribbon and tie, double-knotting until secure.

To add the pointed edge, simply cut a small triangle from the end of each piece of ribbon.

Set toothpick flags aside until fruit is ready to skewer.

Ribbon Toothpicks - DIY

Assembly

Once your fruit is fully infused (feel free to take a taste) it’s ready to be skewered.

Skewer the center of the blueberry first, followed by 1 piece of pear and one piece of watermelon.

Make sure your toothpick is not sticking out of the bottom of the watermelon otherwise your infused stacks will not stand up straight. None of the pick should be showing from the bottom.

Place each infused fruit stack onto a single serving appetizer spoon and finish by filling with a little extra Prosecco. A nice final note after the infused fruit has been eaten.

Repeat these steps and place in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Prosecco Infused Fruit

Prosecco infused fruit

Prosecco Infused Fruit

Enjoy!

Posh little tip: To make these kid friendly or non alcoholic, simply serve them as skewers by soaking them in sparkling cider instead of sparkling wine.

Happy Fourth of July! I hope everyone has a safe and memorable one! Please do check back soon for more!

As always, I appreciate you reading.

xo

This concept and fruit skewer recipe is a Posh Little Designs original. Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

Mini Champagne Cupcakes

2012 is coming to a close and as it does, I take the time today to reflect and be grateful. What a posh year it has been, full of special moments like my first year of blogging, the welcoming of my 2nd daughter, sweet milestones, delicious treats, new friends and fabulous celebrations.

And as I think back and bid farewell, I do so with a toast in the form of a mini cupcake! A champagne cupcake with champagne swiss meringue buttercream that is.

If you love bubbly like I do you will truly enjoy this cupcake because the champagne flavor really comes through, plus the buttercream is light and fluffy and not too sweet to make this a festive treat for any special celebration.

champagne cupcakes

Mini Champagne Cupcakes

Ingredients/Supplies

24 mini cupcake liners
Mini cupcake pan

3/4 Cup All purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter (or coconut spread)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 and a half egg whites
1/2 cup favorite champagne
Lemon zest from 1/2 a lemon (optional)

(this recipe makes just enough for 24 mini cupcakes, simply double the ingredients for full size cupcakes.)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350
Place liners in your mini muffin tin pan.
Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.
Beat butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until fluffy.
Add vanilla and beat in egg white.
Beat in dry mixture and champagne in thirds alternating each time (start and finish with dry mixture).

Teaspoon batter into liners and bake for roughly 10 minutes until a toothpick comes put clean.

Champagne Swiss Meringue Buttercream

I used to be afraid of this icing but discovered that its easier to make than expected. It takes making it to realize this. Now I use it every time I need bake a cake or cupcakes.The meringue is the probably the most difficult part, but well worth the difficulty! The final result is dreamy and delish!!

Ingredients:
4 egg whites
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) cut into tablespoons or vegan butter
A few tablespoons of champagne to taste.

Instructions
Whisk egg whites and sugar in a bowl over a double boiler until sugar has completely dissolved. (Rub between your fingers until mixture is free of grit.)
Once mixture has reached 120 degrees, Transfer egg and sugar mixture into bowl of stand mixer making sure no condensation from the double boiler gets into the egg whites (can stop your meringue from forming.)
Whip eggs with whisk attachment until soft peaks form. (about 12 minutes)
Switch to paddle attachment and mix in butter one tablespoon at a time.
Mix past the curdled looking stage, until light and fluffy.
Add your champagne 1 tablespoon at a time. (I used 3 tablespoons for a delicate flavor.)

Once cupcakes have fully cooled, pipe or spread the buttercream on top.

Decorate with festive sprinkles and enjoy.

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Now I raise a glass…or a cupcake rather to my followers and readers. Those who have commented and enjoyed my posts enough to like and share throughout the year. I truly appreciate each and every one of you and wish you all the very best in 2013.

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Have a safe and posh new years celebration.

Cheers!!!

Cupcake Recipe Adapted from: 20 something cupcakes.
Frosting Recipe adapted from Food Network.

NYE Inspiration

Christmas is officially over and we are now just a few days away from ringing in the new year! Do you have big plans for the holiday? Usually my hubby and I just have a quiet celebration at home, but this year one of my best girlfriends is home from the East Coast and we’re celebrating with a night on the town. This is somewhat of a big deal for me as I can barely remember the last time we were able to get out for an evening without the girls.

Bring on the champagne and the confetti!

If you haven’t made plans yet, here’s a little last minute NYE inspiration to get you in party mode.

nye inspiration

Consider a small celebration at home with a few of your closest girlfriends. Perhaps a color scheme of gold and silver with pops of tiffany blue. Always timeless.

And If you’re still exhausted from Christmas and not interested in cooking, have a potluck or byoa/b style party.

A nye favor in the form of a champagne lollie would not only be cute but delish as well, or say cheers with these gorge icon candles from Z gallerie.

When in doubt decorate with sparkle…and don’t forget to serve your favorite champagne and toast as the clock strikes midnight!

Happy planning everyone!

I’m off to bake mini cupcakes. Be sure to check back soon for the recipe!

xo

Source: Lollies, Kate Spade Stationary, Sparkle Twine, Glitter Garland, Candle