Sparkling wine at The Poison Cup

So many reasons to celebrate, so many sparkling wines to choose from!

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching (like, tomorrow!),  and since sparkling wine is my drink of choice no matter what the occasion, I plan on drinking it all. night. long.

This may seem like a dangerous, hang-over-inducing proposition to some people. But worry not, my friends. I’m no amateur. It’s all about pacing. And really, just the mere act of holding a glass of sparkling wine in my hand makes me feel a little more festive.

In the spirit of New Year’s Eve and sparkles and wine and feeling festive, I went with some friends on Wednesday night to a sparkling wine tasting at a cute little wine shop in Lincoln Park called The Poison Cup.

Unlimited tastes of ten different sparkling wines and the bonus of good company? Heaven, is that you??

We had a great time, and I ended up buying a brut cava to drink on New Year’s Eve. Can’t wait to pop that cork!

Make this drink, thank me later.


As a lover of all things sparkling (this includes beverages, clothing, accessories, etc.), it was love at first sight when I saw this drink recipe posted by a friend on Pinterest. (Side note: Are you on Pinterest? Anyone know of a 12-step program or something to help break my addiction??)

Morton’s Sparkling Cinnamon Apple Cocktail is pretty much the perfect drink to make on Thanksgiving. Or Christmas. Or Tuesday.

I’ve actually never had it before, but I plan on changing that as soon as I motivate myself to go out and find some Monin Honey Syrup (fancy!). But I can tell just from the ingredients that I would love it.


Sparkling Cinnamon Apple Cocktail

4 ounces Lunetta Prosecco (I think you could probably use any sparkling wine here)

2 ounces Lindemans Pomme (Green Apple) Lambic

1/2 ounce Monin Honey Syrup

2 ounces hand shaken whipped cream


1. Dip rim of champagne flute into honey syrup and then into cinnamon sugar to rim the glass

2. Pour honey syrup, Prosecco and lambic into a shaker over ice.

3. Stir with spoon 10 times.

4. Strain into champagne flute.

5. Top with 2 spoonfuls of whipped cream

6. Dust with cinnamon sugar