SUNSET CITRUS CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

| CHAMPAGNE, CITRUS, COCKTAIL, DRINK

I don’t think there is anything better than a simple champagne cocktail, citrus and a sunset. So that’s where the name came from while sipping on this and watching a beautiful sunset. I’ll keep this nice and simple for you. Only a few ingredients needed for this and you can swap out the citrus to your favorite and use your favorite champagne as well.

A perfect cocktail to serve at your next brunch or a special occasion. Make it a fun way for your guests to customize their champagne cocktail by providing an array of freshly squeezed juices to mix with their champagne.

lenasktichen_sunset citrus champagneSUNSET CITRUS CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL
1 bottle of your favorite champagne, I used a Rose Brut for mine
3 blood oranges, 2.5 juiced and the other half sliced for garnish
3 smaller oranges, 2.5 juiced and the other half sliced for garnish

METHOD
Mix both juices in a glass. Add the champagne into a stemmed glasses, add 4 tbsp of mixed juices to each glass, garnish with a thin slice or half of slice of citrus and enjoy. Easy peasy.

Enjoy and Bon Appetité!
xoxo,
LENA

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| BREAKFAST, BRUNCH, EASTER, EGGS, SEAFOOD

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| APPETIZERS, DIP, GLUTEN FREE, HEALTHY, SIDE, SUPERBOWL, VEGAN

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Spicy Vegetable Coconut Curry Soup

| CURRY, DINNER, GLUTEN FREE, HEALTHY, SOUPS, VEGAN

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| BREAD, BREAKFAST, DESSERTS, SWEET

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| DINNER, GAME NIGHT, LUNCH, MEXICAN, NACHOS

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| DINNER, SIDE, THANKSGIVING

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| DINNER, LUNCH, SALAD

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