Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Brix Elixir with Bowers Harbor Brix Sparkling White Wine and New Holland Dutchess Citrus Vodka

We love our dogs, bubbly, and all things Michigan.  The Brix Elixir is light, clean, crisp and effervescent, perfect for festive "spirited" brunch gatherings. It pairs beautifully with fresh fruits and cheeses, frittatas, light salads and french toast.  

The Brix Elixir

1 oz. New Holland Dutchess Citrus Vodka
3 oz. Bowers Harbor Vineyards Brix Sparkling Wine
1/2 oz. Ginger Honey Simple Syrup
1/2 orange cut into 4-wedges
4 fresh basil leaves

Muddle orange wedges, ginger honey simple syrup and 2 fresh basil leaves in a sturdy mixing glass.  Add vodka and shake well with ice.  Strain into a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.  Gently stir and add 2 fresh basil leaves for garnish.

Ginger Honey Syrup

1 cup honey
3/4 cup water
2 pieces fresh ginger root, skinned (approx. 2" each)

Heat water in a non-reactive pan over medium heat with ginger.  Slowly begin adding honey while stirring.  Continue stirring until honey is completely dissolved.  Remove from heat and allow ginger to steep in syrup for an additional 15 minutes or until flavor profile is achieved (taste dependent).  Remove ginger, bottle syrup and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

Bowers Harbor, MI

This wine is bubbly and friendly!  Enjoy the ripe fruit flavors of this sparkling wine, complete with a soft sweetness on the finish. With good friends and companions alike, there is always a reason to celebrate!

Holland, MI

Dutchess Citrus vodka is a crisp spirit, with lively citrus notes infused from real fruit.

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