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Let Love Sparkle: Signature Cocktails that Shimmer and Cava Place Cards with Freixenet
Photos By Abby Jiu
By Lauren Kathryn on Apr 6, 2015 at 4:00 am in Glamorous and Modern
What better way to celebrate a joyous union than with a beautiful bubbly borne of a great love story? At the start of the 20th century, Dolores Sala, the only daughter of a Catalan winemaking family based in the tiny viticultural town of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, fell in love with Pedro “Freixenet” Ferrer, the youngest son of another local winegrowing household. Their marriage forever united two well-respected wine lineages and marked the start of an enduring enterprise. Dolores, ahead of her time in her detailed knowledge of oenology, and Pedro, an effervescent entrepreneur, made an unstoppable pair. Together, the dynamic duo seized upon an opportunity in Spanish sparkling wines and became known for their flavorful cavas, made in the classic méthode champenoise tradition and christened after Pedro’s nickname. Today, Freixenet is run by Dolores and Pedro’s children and grandchildren. The grapes that go into its time-tested wines are still picked by hand.
With their finessed, festive packaging and fun-sized dimensions, Freixenet’s mini black bottles of crisp, clean cava make perfect escort cards, place cards, or favors for a modern black-tie bash. We think they look especially inviting when incorporated into a chic black-and-white tablescape such as this one, which was styled by Healthfully Ever After’s Carlene Thomas and set by Sweet Root Village with bud vases brimful of bright white blooms, including ‘Clooney’ ranunculi, anemones, and lisianthuses. Gold flatware and a graphic cotton napkin stamped with an original woodblock print dressed up the minimalist place setting, whose fizzy finishing touch was a Freixenet place card.
Click here for more fresh ways to turn Freixenet’s bubbly into the sparkliest focal point of your big-day fête.
Create your own cava place cards by tying pieces of raw silk ribbon, each one calligraphed with a guest’s name, around individual bottles of Freixenet’s Cordon Negro Brut. Wave Crest Calligraphy beautifully demonstrates how hand-lettering can lend an elegant personal touch.
Forgo the traditional guest book and opt for something a little tastier! A simple gold marker transforms Freixenet’s extra-large bottle of Cordon Negro Magnum into a slate upon which guests can leave congratulatory remarks and well wishes. Pop the cork on your first anniversary, and toast to 365 days of wedded bliss—and to making the tradition of consuming thawed-out slices of stale, year-old wedding cake a bit more palatable!
It’s called cocktail hour for a reason. A wedding celebration simply isn’t complete without a signature tipple . . . or two! Carlene used Freixenet’s Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée, whose delicate peaches-and-cream aroma wafts up lightly among lively bubbles, to create a duo of fresh, fruity drinks with a luxe spin. Edible gold leaf gives simple garnishes—blackberries and sugar cubes—the Midas touch.
BLACKBERRY BUBBLY WITH EDIBLE GOLD LEAF
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 1)
♦ 2 ounces of blackberry juice
♦ 3 blackberries (embellished with edible gold leaf, if desired)
♦ 1 sugar cube (embellished with edible gold leaf, if desired)
♦ Freixenet Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée to fill
Add blackberry juice to a champagne coupe and top with enough Freixenet Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée to fill glass. Drop in blackberries and sugar cube. Enjoy!
To embellish garnishes with edible gold leaf, lightly dampen the area on which you’d like to apply the gold leaf. Flake off gold leaf from sheet and touch it gingerly to the dampened area to attach.
ORANGE BLOSSOM CAVA COCKTAIL
♦ 1 tablespoon of orange blossom water
♦ 2 tablespoons of fresh-squeezed orange juice
Add fresh-squeezed orange juice and orange blossom water to a champagne flute. Top with enough Freixenet Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée to fill glass. Enjoy!
Cheers to cava! Keep up with Freixenet on Facebook and Twitter for toast-worthy product news and lifestyle snippets! Also be sure to follow Freixenet’s beautifully curated bubbly board, where you’ll discover dozens of bright ideas for making your wedding day a bit more ebullient, because all love should sparkle!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Freixenet. The opinions and text are mine.
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Calligraphy > Wave Crest Calligraphy
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What's Being Said
Sara, Apr 7, 2015 at 8:48 pm
Such a gorgeous editorial! Definitely going to try this!
Brian, Apr 7, 2015 at 11:12 am
Digging the versatility of the blackberries being utilized here.
The Bride Link | Haley, Apr 6, 2015 at 11:08 am
This is seriously one of the most lovely drink recipes I've ever seen!
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