by Alexandra Richmond - 69 Reviews - 27 List
While the year's end clearly sets the bar for imbibing of bubbly, never forget: Sparkling wine sets a festive tone at any time of year, or day, for that matter. Brunch, that magical morning meal, allows champagne to be a vehicle for vitamin C, when knocked back with a little juice. During the Sex & The City run at the Alamo Drafthouse, four distinct champagne cocktails were created for each of the show's heroines; but the drink is not just a girl thing. It's a year-round, all-day, super fun and delicious thing. Here's where to get some good ones, on the upper-cased eve or beyond.
Updated: December 23, 2009
As wine gets mentioned right in the name, it is sure that the house slings the good stuff with a passion. Brunch offers an excellent one-two combo of low-cost, high-quality mimosas with a twist: They're made with Texas grapefruit instead of the typical (boring) orange juice. The fresh, tart, local juice makes for a killer yet fortifying cocktail--must have something to do with all that vitamin C.
Though it isn't obvious from its website, this low-key seafood joint also has a full bar with top-shelf stuff. The house champagne cocktail is dubbed the Saint Catherine (she of the wheel), and is sweetened and then tart-ened with St. Germain elderflower liquer and a muddled cherry.
This place is so devoted to classics, and to twisting them, that this may be the one spot in town where a French 75 can be had (that's Cava, lime, and gin), along with innovative and internationally-flavored cocktails. Imbibers can try the Germain Twist (Cava, St. Germain, and cranberry-pomegranite juice), or a Kiwi Fizz, which is made not with sparkling wine, but with sparkling sake, Cointreau, and kiwi-infused vodka. On Wednesdays, oysters and champagne are half-price, so hurry.
In this classic, old-school building, martinis are king and queen, but still present in the court of cocktails are two varieties of the champagne cocktail to be enjoyed year-round. The Big Easy has mango vodka, fresh lime juice, pineapple and bubbly. The classic peach Belllini is freshened with fresh lemon and orange juices.
When downtown, popping into the Four Seasons for a bit of holiday cheer is a smart move. The in-house mixologists and sommeliers have joined forces to create a flavorful holiday cocktail menu which should help anyone put on Rudolph's red nose and get into the spirit. The Flute Cocktail helps make spirits light (get it?) with a mix of Proseco and melon liqueur, and is garnished with red and green grapes.