Festive fizz: Bubbly cocktails add sparkle to the holidays in Portland
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!
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
190 State St. | Portland
Mark & Bubbly, Cranbubble, Monk’s Dream
685 Congress St. | Portland
Ginger St. Germain
35 Silver St. | Portland
Custom House Wharf | Portland
The Portland Regency Hotel | 20 Milk St. | Portland