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What would be a good signature drink to serve prior to a luncheon? I was suggested an appletini, but that seems old-fashioned and a do not really like the tase of an apple drink.

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  1. How about a rose' sparkling wine? Very pretty and much lighter than a real cocktail at lunch.

    1. Try this;

      Fill white wine glass with ice

      Fill a shaker with ice and add 1.5 oz vodka, 2.0 oz white grape juice, .5 oz fresh lemon juice, .5 oz simple syrup (easy to make , just boil 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water until sugar dissolves and chill afterwards). Shake and strain over ice in glass. Add a splash or so of club soda and .5 oz of Chambord or Creme de Cassis. Garnish with a couple grapes or berries. Call it whatever you want that seems appropriate.

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      1. re: TonyO

        Since the mods yanked my original reply here, I suppose I need to edit it.

        OP, Tony's drink sounds like a pleasant lunch drink. I suggest using a collins-type glass in lieu of the wine glass, though: it'll look much more professional.

        I agree with c_oliver: rose is a great idea.

        1. re: invinotheresverde

          Tee hee, I believe I got the sparkling rose' idea from YOU :) And a darn fine idea it is, ivtv. Having more tonight.

          1. re: c oliver

            I like the sparkling rose idea. Any suggestions for brand. Thanks

            1. re: woodyfay

              I KNOW I have this info somewhere but I can't find it. Argh! Why don't you post it on the wine board. I'm sure maria lorraine will pipe in :)

      2. I'm not a fan of sweet vodka cocktails, but regardless I would recommend something less strong before a mid-day meal, some kind of highball or punch. Punches in particular are enjoying a new vogue right now, and it's easy to find lots of interesting recipes online, like sangrias. They're easy to serve, too: mix once, let guests dish up their own.

        Some ideas for other tall but not too strong drinks:

        Champagne cocktails and sparkler/juice combinations like Mimosas (fresh OJ makes all the difference) and Nantucket Reds (with cranberry juice cocktail)

        50s/60s retro highballs like the classic whiskey/ginger ale highball or Tom Collins.

        The Americano highball, a mix of Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda.

        Fresh lemonade mixed with vodka, rum, or whiskey (bourbon works nicely).

        Ginger-beer cocktails like the Moscow Mule and Dark and Stormy.

        Gin, vodka, or light rum and tonic with fresh lime

        La Paloma: tequila and grapefruit soda (Squirt is traditional) with lime (optional: a bit of salt), kind of the highball equivalent of a Margarita

        Mojitos, though these are labor-intensive and kind of tired

        In cold weather, hot mulled-wine punches like Swedish glögg