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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. By day, she is an online content producer for and the Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: December 26, 2013

Festive fizz: Bubbly cocktails add sparkle to the holidays in Portland

Written by: Susan Axelrod - staff writer -

All photos by Ted Axelrod/Axelrod Photography

“Tiny bubbles
In the wine
Make me happy
Make me feel fine”

 — Don Ho

Yes, those tiny bubbles do have a special way of making you feel mighty fine, even if we’re in snowy Maine instead of Don Ho’s sunny Hawaii. Many a glass of bubbly — Spanish cava, Italian prosecco or French Champagne — is raised at this time of year to toast family, friends, new love, old love, or just because it’s the holidays.

Sparkling wine also lends its festive effervescence to cocktails, and not just of the brunch variety. Portland-area bartenders say bubbly libations are popular year ’round, but especially at this celebratory season. Served ice cold and straight up, or on the rocks, flavored with ginger, cranberry or bourbon, a cocktail featuring bubbly is a good time in a glass.

Now we raise a glass to you, dear readers and wish you the merriest and happiest of holidays!


Cranberry juice, orange liqueur, sparkling

Inn by the Sea

40 Bowery Beach Rd. | Cape Elizabeth

Two dollars from each cocktail sold is donated by the Inn to Keep Maine Warm, a charity that provides emergency heating assistance.

Notre Dame Dame

Grand Marnier, Campari, lemon, Champagne

Petite Jacqueline

190 State St. | Portland

Mark & Bubbly, Cranbubble, Monk’s Dream

Mark & Bubbly: Maker’s Mark, sparkling, peach bitters; Cranbubble: cranberry vodka, lemon juice, Chambord, sparkling; Monk’s Dream: St. Germain, chartreuse, sparkling

Local 188

685 Congress St. | Portland

Ginger St. Germain

St. Germain, prosecco, fresh ginger, bitters, sugar cube, candied ginger

The North Point

35 Silver St. | Portland

Desperate Housewife

22 infused blueberry vodka, St. Germain, blueberries, lime, prosecco

Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room

Custom House Wharf | Portland

French Martini

Grey Goose vodka, Chambord, pineapple juice, sparkling

The Armory Lounge

 The Portland Regency Hotel | 20 Milk St. | Portland

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