We want to do some sparkling wine cocktails for a brunch-time party. I thought I would throw this open to see if anyone has any suggestions.
What is a good wine to use? I was thinking Gruet for an inexpensive sparkler in the style of a Brut Champagne. Perhaps it depends on the drink? I'm pretty sure I've used Prosecco in the past and it turned out OK. I also know that some bars I've been to used crappy sparkling wine that killed the cocktails they put it in.
Any drink suggestions? I love Bellinis, but they are so good when made with a perfectly ripe white peach, so I am not sure using frozen puree is worth it. A simple St. Germain and Champagne usually goes over well, or the French 75 or 77 for those who want something stronger. I might try a Mimosa with fresh-squeezed O.J. but it's never really been my favorite. I've also never been quite able to get behind the Seelbach even though it sounds good in theory. I like the Old Cuban a lot, and it's very accessible, so might go for that.
I'm sure there's others I'm forgetting as I always see drinks that call for sparkling wine and say to myself, maybe I'll make that when I have a bottle of sparkling wine open, which ends up being basically never.