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.

Holiday Spiced Bourbon

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  In celebration, my hubby created the first of his holiday cocktails for the 2018 season.

INGREDIENTS:Holiday Spiced Bourbon Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of your favorite bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce Averna Amaro
  • 1/2 ounce Ancho Chili Reyes Liqueur
  • 3 dashes blood orange bitters
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of freshly grated nutmeg
  • A frozen Bourbon ball (or ice for the drink glass)


  • Mixing cup
  • Measuring cup (pony/jigger)
  • Bourbon glass (rocks glass)
  • ice for shaking the drink in the mixing cup


  • put ice in the mixing cup
  • put liquid ingredients in mixing cup
  • shake vigorously
  • place a frozen Bourbon ball in your rocks glass (or use ice if you don’t have a Bourbon ball)
  • pour liquid ingredients into rocks glass, while retaining the ice in the mixing cup.

Holiday Spiced Bourbon Poured

Add a dash of cinnamon and grate a dash of fresh nutmeg.Holiday Spiced Bourbon Feature

This holiday drink is the first in a series for the season.  CHEERS!!!