Hey fellow lushes! Hot enough for you? Well, let's dive into something cool and bubbly. When the weather turns all summer like, The Wino gets a powerful thirst for champagne. Must remind me of all those warm weather wedding receptions during which I've gotten blotto, my own nups at the top of the list.
I've learned the hardcore hangover way that it's best to slow things down just a bit when drinking sparklers. Adding juice practically makes sparkling wine a health food drink. You could take the classic citrus route and make a mimosa. Y-A-W-N. We can do better than that.
While wandering around the Queen Anne Farmers Market on Thursday, I was drawn to Juice Box, where the dynamic duo of Kari Brunson and put together all sorts of interesting combos. Oh, the watermelon special with cukes and ginger seemed just about right for a rare 80 degree day. Now, for the bubbles.
Domaine Ste. Michelle's brut is a real kick, all nice and toasty, it tastes like it should costs a whole lot more. I bought it for $9 at Safeway.
Poured it into half a glass of the watermelon juice and it foamed over the top of the glass like a root beer float. Why is it I can never remember the wine goes in first? Next time.
And there will be a next time because this super pretty drink was as refreshing as a putting your panties in the freezer. (Try it!) I'm going back for more, too. Catch up with the Juice Box on Sunday at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market. And when you've got that sparkling wine cocktail in hand, cue up some Muddy Waters. Best damn song about Champagne ever.