But First, Champagne: A Sparkling Birthday Cocktail

I can’t think of a better way to kick off my birthday week than with a post about champagne. It is my absolute favorite cocktail, by the way. Ya know, just in case you were thinking about sending me a birthday gift. 

When I connected with Katie from the Garnish Blog after Helene’s webinar, I knew this would be the beginning of a great blogger friendship. Katie’s goal: to create awesome cocktails and build an awesome home bar, one day at a time! 

When she heard my birthday was approaching (it’s on Saturday!), we discussed what type of cocktail I would prefer to celebrate the big 3-4. Obviously, I said, “Anything with champagne!” Katie worked her magic and came up with this fantastic cocktail (think Strawberry Daquiri + Champagne) just in time for me to blow out all 34 (eeeeeeek!) candles.

Strawberry Daquiri + Champagne


Strawberry Sparkler

1 oz. white rum
1/2 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
3 strawberries, sliced
6 mint leaves


  1. Place strawberries and mint in the bottom of a shaker or mixing glass.
  2. Add rum, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Muddle well, until mint is bruised and strawberries have released their juices.
  4. Fine-strain into a champagne glass, pressing pulp to release all the liquid.
    If you’re making more than one cocktail, I recommend straining into a cup measure first and then pouring into individual glasses.
  5. Top with champagne (careful, it will fizz a lot!) and garnish with a strawberry.
Strawberry Sparkler


Happy Birthday to me!

Thanks Katie for this delicious birthday cocktail!

Do me a birthday favor and stop by and say hello to Katie!

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  • Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • This sounds and looks so delicious! I love how it’s a cocktail, but still has all of the bubbles from the champagne. Happy early birthday!

    • Kristine

      Thanks!! I know – it’s delicious!!

  • Happy Birthday week! Cheers!!!

  • Happy early birthday (as I sip from my Prosecco now)! I love all types of sparkling wine (Prosecco, Cava, Champagne, etc). I think it has to do with the fizzy aspect of it – and being so cold 🙂 Pinning this Strawberry Sparkler to my drinks board for future use!

    • Kristine

      Thank you!! Me too – I’ll take ’em all!!!

  • Oh my goodness, I want to makes this NOW! I never would have thought to combine champagne and rum.

    Have a wonderful birthday!!



    • Kristine

      I know, right! Katie did a great job! It’s good with and without the rum!

  • This looks amazing! Happy birthday!

    • Kristine

      Thank you!!!

  • That looks so delicious – what a great flavor combination!!!

  • I need to make this, like, right now. Looks like Tuesday’s lunch calls for champagne! SO DELISH!

    Coming Up Roses

    • Kristine

      Woohoo!! Doesn’t every day call for champagne? 😉 enjoy! Let me know how you like them!