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Champagne Brunch with KORBEL

By Lemon_sugar

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of KORBEL for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Last week I hosted a small champagne brunch for some friends who were passing through town for the holidays. Nothing big, but I wanted to have a few dishes for them to nibble on and some delish champagne cocktails to go with. I kept it simple with a fruit tray, a few pastries from a local bakery and then added in a couple of my own dishes: lemon ricotta pancake stacks with raspberry syrup and croque-monsieur sandwiches.

It was a perfect mid-morning meal and worked perfectly with the selection of KORBEL California Champagne I had on hand to serve.

While KORBEL has many varieties to choose from, today I served their Brut, Sweet Rose and Brut Rose. I used the Brut Rose to make an orange champagne cocktail, and served the other two right out of the bottle.

The Brut pairs perfectly with salty and creamy cheeses, so it was really perfect with the creamy bechamel topping on the croque monsieur sandwiches. And the Sweet Rose is a nice complement to fruit and chocolate, so it was lovely against the sweet lemon ricotta pancakes and raspberry syrup. And of course, the Orange Sparkler was great on it's own, made with the Brut Rose.

I've been part of a LOT of brunch menus in my life, and they are all different - some have food for days, some are small and light - but for me, a good brunch is a mix. You have to have enough food for everyone (running out of food is the worst thing, ever - right?) and you need a mixture of light and rich, sweet and savory and cocktails and coffee.

It's brunch math. Light + Rich + Sweet + Savory + Cocktails + Coffee = Winning Brunch Menu.

See? Easy.

Using that formula, I served a fruit plate, croque monsieur, lemon ricotta pancakes, buttery croissants, orange sparkler cocktails and hot coffee. And the best part? It all went together in under an hour, and my guests were SUPER happy. Especially when I popped open the KORBEL. Yum.

Croque Monsiur? GOOD. Look for the recipe on an upcoming blog post.

Lemon Ricotta Stacked Pancakes with Raspberry Syrup?

GOOOOOOOOD. This recipe is below. And how CUTE are they? They're great warm, but what's fantastic about them is that they are delicious at room temperature, too.

Especially with an Orange Sparkler KORBEL Cocktail. (I know, I keep saying that. But how long has it been since you've had a champagne cocktail?) Seriously, a good champagne cocktail will make your brunch great. Better than great.

As far as decor goes, brunch is usually a very casual affair at my home, usually just right in my kitchen. I feel like bruch should be a welcoming, un-intimidating meal. No stuff clothes, no uncomfortable conversation. Just good food and drinks with good friends. I stick with my theme of white plates and everything works together. A big barnwood serving table makes for a cute, rustic look, and I just love it.

Easy, right? White plates and barnwood. Oh, and champagne cocktails.

Can we talk about the Orange Sparkler for a moment? KORBEL makes a delicious BRUT Rose, so it was naturally a great fit for this cocktail. It's a versatile champagne and pairs with a wide variety of foods, but since it has a slight sweetness, I thought it would be great with the orange liqueur and I was totally right. PLUS, it worked really well with the saltiness from the ham in the croque monsiuer sandwiches.

An orange segment and a spiral of orange zest made it beautiful, too - it's a simple but really, really delicious treat for your brunch spread.

Hope you love these ideas today. My guests were raving about the food and the drinks, so head out and stock up on KORBEL California Champagne and get brunching! There are lots of fun recipe ideas for KORBEL Cocktails here, and KORBEL Brunch ideas here, so go check them out, too.

Champagne Brunch with KORBEL
Champagne Brunch with KORBEL

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