There is a bonus award of the Academy Awards. That bonus one does not come with a statue. It comes with only recognition of a fashion choice. What was a simple walk into a venue has turned into an event all of its own. People are watching intensely to see the stars and what they are wearing as they walk on the red carpet. You need to fuel up for all that intensity. Not just any fuel, but something special and inspired by the event itself. It is with the red carpet in mind that I created Cherry Almond Sparklers.
Champagne is a classic beverage for celebrations. Just the sound of popping the cork brings a smile to many. It is why I chose sparkling wine as the base of this drink. It is also light and cold and crisp. Adding to it was the next step and I wanted to use something red. Cherry fit perfectly.
Putting together the cherry element took a little work. I thought of cherries in syrup I made last year. This time I came up with an easier version that does not involve pitting cherries. All you have to do is open a can of red tart cherries in water, pour it into a saucepan, add sugar, vanilla bean, and lemon peel and cook it for a while. Strain out the cherries and you have a wonderful dark red cherry syrup. I also used kirschwasser (cherry brandy) for extra punch.
Almond became the final flavor element. Cherry and almond go very well together. Plus it is a nod to how the red carpet hoopla can get a little nutty. The addition of almond liqueur did the trick. All together it makes a lovely beverage to sip while watching the red carpet activities, Academy Awards, or any special event.
Are you looking for red carpet or awards inspired recipes? Scroll down to find ones by Sunday Supper taste makers. There are sips to sweets and everything in between. Special thanks to Katie of Ruffles & Truffles for hosting our virtual Red Carpet Party.
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) red tart cherries in water
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
- 1 strip of lemon peel (about ½- X 1½-inches)
- 1 ounce cherry syrup
- 1½ ounces kirschwasser (cherry brandy)
- ½ ounce almond liqueur
- Brut sparkling wine, chilled
- Put cherries, cherry water, sugar, vanilla bean, vanilla seeds, and lemon peel in a small saucepan. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Pour through a fine mesh sieve. Use a spatula to press down on cherries to squeeze out as much of the syrup as possible. Discard cherries, vanilla bean, and lemon peel.
- Cool syrup to room temperature then chill thoroughly.
- Combine cherry syrup, kirschwasser, and almond liqueur in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain mixture into 2 champagne or martini glasses.
- Fill glasses with chilled sparkling wine.
And the winner is…. Well, that is for you to decide. Check out these red carpet and awards inspired recipes and see which ones are best for your celebration:
Nominees for Best Supporting Appetizers:
- Beef Sliders with Sautéed Mushrooms, Onions, Bleu Cheese and Bacon by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Black and White Olive Cheese Puffs by Peaceful Cooking
- Cheddar Olives by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Chicken Boursin by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Citrus Avocado Shrimp Cocktail by Seduction in the Kitchen
- French Onion Sliders by Momma’s Meals
- Herbed Butter and Cheese Popcorn by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Italian Guacamole with Pesto by Food Done Light
- Lobster Bruschetta by The Texan New Yorker
- Melon and Prosciutto Skewers by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Mini Cheese Balls by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Moroccan Beef Kefta Briouat by Manu’s Menu
- Mushroom Pate by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Oysters Rockfeller by Noshing With The Nolands
- Pea Pesto Crostini by Ruffles & Truffes
- Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp by Casa de Crews
- Raspberry Brie Bites by Love and Confections
- Roasted Red Pepper Pinwheels by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Smoked Trout Stuffed Baby New Potatoes by Food Lust People Love
- Spinach Bites by Shockingly Delicious
- Sweet Chili Chicken Skewers by Nosh My Way
Nominees for Best Course in a Leading Role:
- Broccoli Calzones by eating in instead
- Bow Ties and Tails Galore by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chicken Oscar by Palatable Pastime
- Indulgent Lobster-Champagne Risotto by The Weekend Gourmet
- Oscar Worthy Cantonese Lobster with Coconut-Ginger Rice by Confessions of a Culinary Diva
Nominees for Best Supporting Sips:
- Apple Ginger Martini by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Blood Orange Rosemary Spritzer by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Cherry Almond Sparklers by Magnolia Days
- Iced Espresso Martini by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Mixed Berry Martini by The Messy Baker
- Oscartini by Family Foodie
- Red Carpet Sparkler by Rhubarb and Honey
- Thank You Peary Much by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Nominees for Best Delectable Desserts:
- 7-Layer Bark by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Caramel-Almond Latte Ricotta Cookies by What Smells So Good?
- Champagne Truffles by Brunch with Joy
- Chocolate Covered Cherries by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Decadent Flourless Brownies by Recipe for Perfection
- Edible Oscars Envelopes by Sunday Supper Movement
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Crumble Peanut Butter Mousse Parfait Cups by Wallflour Girl
- Imitation Game Guinness Brownies by NinjaBaker.com
- Mini Strawberry Galette by Basic N Delicious
- Mini Strawberry & Chocolate Cheesecakes by Happy Baking Days
- No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake Shooters by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Popcorn Puppy Chow by Pies and Plots
- Sweet and Salty Popcorn Ball Bites by The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Tuxedo Cake by The Redhead Baker
Nominees for Best Dressed Table:
- DIY Glitter Vases by Sunday Supper Movement
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