Cranberry Champagne Cocktail – for a Happy Thanksgiving toast

This easy and delicious Cranberry Champagne Cocktail, was created by my husband, to pair with the Cranberry Tiramisu that was served for our Halloween Italian Cooking Class/Pop Up Supper Club in Support of the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry.

I was not planning to post this recipe because it is so simple. However, it turned out to be the favorite drink during the event. Many of my guests requested the recipe, so here it is.


  • Your favorite Champagne or sparkling wine – here we used almond flavored sparkling wine from Messina Hof
  • Cranberry Fruit Wine – the one we used is from Texas South Wind vineyard and winery

Mixing The Drink:

  • Add Cranberry Fruit Wine to a champagne flute until it is filled 1/3 of the way
  • Top it off with Champagne or your favorite bubbly wine.

Its so simple. Feel free to use Cava, Prosecco or any other sparkling wine you like. My friend, Anissa, took some great pics during the event. Here are two of my favorites featuring the Cranberry Tiramisu paired with the Cranberry Champagne Cocktail.

Everyone at the event had such a great time. Most guests ended up staying till midnight. Unfortunately, Roy Blanco, who has attended my previous events was not able to attend this time because of a last minute scheduling conflict. However, he was generous enough to still make a donation despite missing the cooking class and pop up supper club.

I saved dessert for him and invited him to visit with us the next day. Here is a photo of Roy enjoying his Cranberry Tiramisu and Cranberry Champagne Cocktail.

I first met Roy 9 years ago when he helped me establish an account at our local credit union. He has been very supportive of me, and has encouraged me to pursue my cooking project to support the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry. Roy has also served on the board of the food pantry for the last seven years.

On this day of Thanksgiving, I am very thankful for Roy’s support and encouragement. I am also thankful for the all the work Tresha Silva, the director of the food pantry, does on a daily basis. And Of Course, I am thankful to all who have attended my events, for their good will and contributions.

This time we were able to raise $1,175. All of the proceeds went to the Food Pantry’s Nibbles Backpack Program. This program provides weekend meals and snacks for children from low income families at Lost Pines Elementary, Red Rock Elementary, and Bastrop Intermediate schools. Especially during this time of crisis, the Nibbles Program provides food for children that may otherwise go hungry when school meals are not available. For every $10 donated, we feed a student for a whole weekend.

Again, my thanks to everyone who supported our community. Your help is greatly appreciated. 😀🙏

Hope you are having a great Thanksgiving. 💕

I have lots of photos, taken by guests at the last event. I will share them in a future post as soon as I get a chance.

Texan Raspberry 75

This is the cocktail that I pair with my Fig Fillo Bites.

INGREDIENTS:  per drink

  • 1 oz Moody June Gin
  • 1 oz Texas South Wind Red Raspberry Fruit Wine
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Slice of lemon for garnish
  • 1 glazed fig ice cube per drink (see below on how to make cube)
  • Enough Korbel Brut to top off drink


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  • The first photo shows the glazed figs with their glazing liquid (see “Glazing The Figs” in my Fig Fillo Bites recipe)  The glazed figs can be stored in a glass container in the frig.  They will keep for 3 months.
  • Place a silicone ice cube tray on top of a cookie sheet
  • Place one glazed fig in each section of the ice cube tray
  • Using a tea spoon, fill each cubed section to the top with the glazing liquid.
  • Freeze overnight.  Use the cubes you need.  Store the rest in a plastic freezer bag for future use.


  • Fill a drink shaker half way with ice
  • Add gin and raspberry wine
  • Add juice from lemon
  • Shake well
  • Put 1 fig ice cube in the glassTexan Raspberry 75 Cube
  • Add mix from shaker to glassTexan Raspberry 75 Korbel
  • Top off with champagne
  • Add a slice of lemon to the rim for garnishTexan Raspberry 75 Feature

As the glazed fig ice cube melts, the drink gets more flavorful.  At the end of the drink you are left with a delicious macerated fig to eat.  CHEERS!!!  Let me know your feedback by leaving a comment.  I love to hear from you.