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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

sparkling thyme cocktail

1/4 cup sugar

16 sprigs fresh thyme

4 lemons, juiced

2 cups vodka

ice

sparkling wine

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.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine, April 2013

www.rachaelraymag.com/

RHUBARB COLLINS

rhubarb collins

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.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Epicurious

www..epicurious.com/recipes/…/Rhubarb-Collins-..

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