America’s birthday is upon us, and while there will be plenty to celebrate (including a long weekend) nothing pops like a great cocktail. This is especially important since the Fourth of July is a huge time for at-home entertaining, from daytime BBQs to patio parties to watch the fireworks. So we went straight to the source of our favorite bubbly for tips on how to make our party the best in the US. Freixenet sparkling wines ambassador Diana Lado shared some of her recipes, pairing and entertaining how-tos.
WHY IS THE FOURTH OF JULY SO FUN FOR ENTERTAINING?
Celebrating America’s Independence day is one that excites and inspires all people around the world, this is a beautiful country rich with diversity and this is the time each year when all people here come together to be proud of the Red White and Blue. To celebrate we would recommend having a bellini bar of pureed strawberries, white peaches and blueberries with Freixenet cava. This would be delicious and incredibly fun thematically!
WHAT ARE SOME TIPS FOR PREPARING OUR HOMES FOR HOSTING AN EVENT THIS HOLIDAY?
I believe that a successful event at your home doesn’t demand anything elaborate―just simple food, good company, and delicious cava. I try to make most of the food ahead of time so my kitchen isn’t a mess when guests show up. Start with an appetizer that can be served at room temperature so you don’t have to worry about heating it up prior. If you are having a lot of guests, consider hiring a bartender or servers so you don’t have to stress!
WHAT FOOD RECIPES DO YOU RECOMMEND TO GO ALONG WITH SOME OF YOUR COCKTAILS?
One of my favorite pairings is Summer Sangria with a spicy guacamole. This is a great option if you want to throw a summer fiesta for you and your friends. Or, for a fun DIY idea, have your girlfriends over and make your own pizzas! If you are feeling adventurous, add a scoop of raspberry sorbet to a glass of cava and top with fresh berries for a refreshing and fruity drink!
WHAT ABOUT FOOD PAIRINGS WITH CHAMPAGNE ON ITS OWN?
I personally love popcorn with cava – it’s perfect for watching my favorite TV shows with girlfriends, relaxing poolside or a fun appetizer during your outdoor party. Nigella Lawson has a great popcorn recipe that pairs really well with Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR WHEN ENTERTAINING AT HOME?
I like to be comfortable when I’m entertaining! If I’m planning an outdoor party, I stay away from heels and choose something I will be comfortable and cool in. Colorful shift dresses are a great option for summer and look great with sandals or wedges.
AND, TO KEEP THE PARTY GOING, HOW CAN WE HOST A GREAT 5TH OF JULY BRUNCH?
To keep the party going, set up a mimosa bar with different juices and fresh fruit. Your guests will have fun creating their own cocktails. Keep the brunch menu simple to avoid long hours of cooking. I suggest making a breakfast casserole and adding sides like biscuits and fresh fruit. If you choose to only serve classic mimosas, grab Freixenet’s Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée. With a charmingly smooth palate and lower acidity than a typical sparkler, this sweet version of the “Black Bottle Bubbly” mixes perfectly with fresh OJ for a new take on a classic cocktail.
For more ideas on drinks to get the party going, Lado also gave us the recipe for two of her favorite summer cocktails:
Fizzy Summer Sorbet:
What you need:
Champagne coupes (go for plastic ones for pool/beach parties!)
Raspberry Sorbet (store-bought or homemade)
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut cava
Grab your favorite glass or plastic Champagne coupes, add a scoop of Raspberry Sorbet and fill the flute with Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut. Top off with fresh raspberries.
What you need:
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 orange quarter
1 lime quarter
1/2 oz. orange liqueur
1/2 oz. Spanish brandy
3-4 oz. Freixenet Carta Nevada cava (chilled)
2 oz. lemon-lime soda (chilled)
1 maraschino cherry
Muddle fruit slices in a shaker cup with simple syrup. Add liqueur and brandy with ice. Shake, then strain into a cocktail glass. Add soda and top off with cava. Drop in cherry or secure to an orange wedge using a toothpick, to decorate the rim.