1. Divine indulgence! Macarons and Bubbles

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    Holidays are the perfect time for a little divine indulgence.

    Festive gatherings are the time to pamper friends and family with special treats.

    French Macarons are a delicious, sweet treat. They look elegant and their flavours are beguiling.


    Some of the best I have tasted are from Marche de Macarons in historic Savannah, Georgia.


    Pastry chefs, Amy Shippy and Laura Hale, continue to perfect this 16th century confection.

    With creations of salted caramel, vanilla bean, raspberry, chocolate ganache, Meyer lemon, key lime, bourbon pecan, to name a few.


    Using fresh, seasonal ingredients, Marche de Macarons flavours are intense and vibrant.

    They are the perfect sweet treat at the end of a luxurious meal, lovely on a tea table or buffet,

    and perfect as an elegant gift. You can even order a dozen or more monogramed for a posh occasion – or to give to a very special friend.


    I love to serve – and eat – macrons with sparkling wine or champagne.


    Recently, I served a selection from Marche de Macarons with a sparkling red cocktail.RuffinoProseccoCocktail


    I make this festive Christmas Cocktail with Ruffino Prosecco DOC.


    It is so well-priced that you might be tempted to dismiss it.

    That would be a shame because it is delicious and perfect for a party. And darlings,

    I am very picky about anything I eat or drink. This is a very nice, just slightly sweet, Prosecco.

    It costs under $10.


    Campari Holiday Sparkling Cocktail

    Fill a wine glass half full of crushed ice

    (Champagne on ice is popular in Europe. It is called une champagne piscine).

    Add a few fresh raspberries

    1/2 ounce of raspberry liqueur  

    Top with a good Prosecco.

    I used Ruffino Prosecco DOC.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

    I also garnished my glass with a fresh berry – it looks so festive.