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Susan and Ted Axelrod

Susan and Ted are a writer and photographer team who met while working for a magazine — Susan reviewing restaurants and writing food features, Ted photographing them. When Ted left the magazine for a freelance career, they launched their blog, Spoon & Shutter in 2010 as a way to keep doing what they love, together. After many years in Northern New Jersey, they are thrilled to be living in Maine, where Ted's clients occasionally include restaurants and food businesses. When they're not working, cooking, rehabbing their old farmhouse or hanging out with their two cool dogs – Ella and Dixie – they're having a blast exploring this spectacular state. To reach Susan, email saxelrod [at] or follow her on Twitter: @susansaxelrod To reach Ted, email ted [at] or follow him on Twitter @TedAxelRodPhoto .

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Posted: December 19, 2014

A trio of bubbly cocktails for the holidays

Written by: Susan and Ted Axelrod

“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 chilly Maine instead of Don Ho’s balmy 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 blueberry, 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!

All photographs by Ted Axelrod

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