Jewels, bright white smiles and sequins won’t be the only things sparkling come the evening of The Oscars. Put a little glitter in your glass with these lively cocktails.
SPARKLING THYME COCKTAIL
1/4 cup sugar
16 sprigs fresh thyme
4 lemons, juiced
2 cups vodka
In a small saucepan, melt the sugar in 1/2 cup water over medium heat, add thyme sprigs. Let cool.
Strain the mixture into a small pitcher, stir in the lemon juice and vodka. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
Fill rocks glasses with ice. Pour in the vodka mixture and top off each drink with sparkling wine.
Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine, April 2013
1 (4 ounce) stalk of rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup sugar
2 ounces gin
1 ounce lemon juice
2 to 4 ounces champagne
In a small pot, combine the rhubarb and sugar with 3/4 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to moderately low and simmer until slightly thickened and bright pink in color, about 20 minutes. Let the syrup cool then pour through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl. Press down gently and discard the solids.
In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce of the rhubarb simple syrup, with the gin and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until completely mixed, about 20 seconds. Strain into a champagne glass and top with champagne.
Recipe adapted from Epicurious