Those who know Luke & I, will tell you if there’s a get together at our place of any kind, there’s a good chance the festivities will kick off with a bottle of bubbles. While I do appreciate a good welcome cocktail moment, there’s just something about the elegance and simplicity (not to mention the celebratory vibes) of popping the cork on a bottle of sparkling wine when guests arrive. Plus, with summer finally here, it’s a safe bet we’re entertaining at least once a week, which calls for a welcome beverage we can get into friends’ hands with ease.
In addition to the serotonin-inducing effects of popping some bubbly, the effervescence of sparkling wine gets your palate excited for the meal to come and serves as the perfect foil to all my favorite appetizers, – a cheese board, homemade sausage rolls, spicy nuts, small fried bites or buttery little pastry cups with savory fillings – as it naturally cleanses the palate between those rich, irresistible bites.
Dry Sparkling Rosé is my favorite style of sparkling wine to serve in pretty much any setting – it’s what I served at my college graduation party and our engagement party! – so when Santa Margherita reached out about trying their brand new Sparkling Rosé, I jumped at the chance. At roughly $24 a bottle, it’s a great price point for a casual weeknight cocktail party or sweet hostess gift, and the bottle is just beautiful. But beyond all that, the wine is straight perfect for summer entertaining. Surprisingly full bodied with notes of jasmine and red berries, Santa Margherita Sparking Rosé is an ideal counterpart to grilled meats (did you know you can AND SHOULD enjoy sparkling wines with red meat?!) and seafood alike. Not to mention summertime just screams for pink wine, don’t you think? (Yes, yes you do.)
Back to my little summer cocktail party kick off: Like I mentioned above, the crisp Santa Margherita Sparkling perfectly complements my favorite category of cocktail party snacks – cheesy, savory, spicy morsels of delight, a.k.a. everything in this app spread! What I served, below:
- Spicy Sambal-roasted cashews (somewhat adapted from this recipe, just swap the spices for a heaping table spoon of Sambal or your favorite Asian chili sauce)
- Mini sausage rolls, topped with Everything Bagel seasoning! Not pictured, but I keep it fuss-free with my favorite store bought puff pastry and breakfast sausage, just adding a few spices and maybe a swipe of grainy mustard.
- Simple cheese board – I kept it easy with my favorite aged cheddar and a triple cream.
For a sweet treat, I kept the #millennialpink theme going with strawberry-laced chocolate chip cookies and assorted gummies. For the cookies, I added one package of freeze-dried strawberries (crushed up in the food processor) and dark chocolate chips to Sweet Laurel’s snickerdoodle recipe (sans outer cinnamon coating) and my grapefruit gummies from Sugarfina!
For the drinks, simply keep the Rosé flowing, or be super impressive and make a batch of my Rosé Gin Martinis. And there you have it: the sweetest, simplest soiree to welcome summer!