Happy New Year! It’s time to hide the old so you can start purchasing the new. It’s also time to ignore the foibles of 2015 and create a list of good intentions that masquerade as New Year’s Resolutions.

This year I am going to disregard the standard “I am going to eat less and exercise more,” and “I am going to clean my house for the first time in a decade,” and “I am going to chuck from my closet anything not worn this millennium“ and get right to the important resolutions: improve my blogging skills and enrich my life by always seeing the glass as “half full” by keeping the bottle close by for refills.

Sandeman Sparkler

The Sandeman Sparkler – a resolution I can keep!

To properly start the New Year celebration, a sparkling wine is de rigueur. From my perspective, sparkling wine mixes with about anything and I have tried many combinations. But just today I added a new cocktail to my list of favorites: the Sandeman Sparkler. This recipe features your favorite sparkling wine and Sandeman Porto Reserve. The result is a festive cocktail with a beautiful garnet color that is not too sweet and makes for a great aperitif. I love Sandeman Porto Reserve as a digestif but had not given much thought to it as a preprandial libation. The Sandeman Sparkler has opened my eyes to the versatility of this port and reconfirmed the eminence of sparkling wine as a cocktail platform.

When making a sparkling wine cocktail, I like to use Veuve Ambal Blanc de Blanc. It is crisp and dry and retails for approximately $11 at Dan’s Wine Shop in Palm Desert. I also use this sparkling wine when entertaining crowds – it is a great value for the quality.


Achievable New Year’s Resolutions: Sandeman Sparkler

  • Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
  • Veuve Ambal Blanc de Blanc or your favorite sparkling wine

  1. Pour about 1 ounce Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto in bottom of champagne flute, top with sparkling wine and enjoy!

Sandeman Sparkler