It’s Day 6 of our 12 Days of Grazing Boards series!
Merry Cocktail Board
Can you believe we’re at the half way point already?
Today, we’re making the perfect board to help us wash down all of the goodies we’ve been munching on from our boards thus far.
Today, we’re making a Merry Cocktail Board!
This board gives us mini bottles of bubbly, a couple types of rich chocolate, fresh fruit, and savory marcona almonds to provide the perfect balance between snacking and imbibing. And bonus, we’re even going to make some glitter bombs to make our drinks extra special!
Let’s start with the core of this board…mini bottles of champagne. You can easily find mini bottles of champagne in multi packs at most liquor stores, and these add a great personalized touch to this board. I recommend getting dry and brut options to satisfy the tastes of your guests. And if you have loved ones that don’t like bubbles, you could totally add mini bottles of wine to this board too.
Not everyone likes to drink champagne straight, so I like to add some mixer options onto the board as well. Serving a couple options of juice like orange, pineapple, grapefruit, cranberry, or whatever else you like to mix into a cocktail in mini carafes or glasses on the board adds a nice pop of color while also building some different flavor profiles on the board.
Champagne is a luxurious drink in my opinion. So, it’s only right to serve some luxurious snacks right alongside our bubbly beverages. I kept it simple with milk and dark chocolate options, but this could be a great time to explore some flavored chocolates like a spicy pepper chocolate or a mint chocolate. And, what pairs better with chocolate than berries? So, adding some fresh berries to the board helps to lighten and brighten these rich flavors we’re presenting. Then to balance out all of the sweet components, we’ll add some marcona almonds to the center of the board. And, the snacking portion of this board is complete.
All that’s left to do is make some glitter bombs to add to the board; and let me tell you, these make such a fun and festive addition to this board. And, they’re super simple to make! All we need is some frozen grapes and some edible glitter in whatever color matches the aesthetic. Insert a toothpick into the top of the frozen grape to help you get a handle on it, then roll it around in the edible glitter until it’s coated. That’s it! After you pour your champagne into your glass, drop in a glitter bomb or two, and watch the magic happen. The frozen grapes help to keep the drink chilled, while the glittery explosion adds beautiful fun and sparkle to your glass. You can even use these glitter bombs in some clear soda for the kiddos!
This board screams elegance with some of these decadent items we’ve included. But, it’s really pretty budget friendly in the grand scheme of things. And, talk about an impressive way to serve a cocktail!
Ok, everyone. We’re officially in the last half of this series, and there’s still so many great things left to come. So stay tuned!
Enjoy, please drink responsibly, and let’s drink!
Merry Cocktail Board
For the Glitter Bombs
- frozen grapes
- edible glitter (I used Prism Powder by Fancy Sprinkles)
For the Merry Cocktail Board
- mini champagne bottles, chilled
- juice mixers (like orange, pineapple, grapefruit, or peach juice), chilled
- milk chocolate squares
- dark chocolate squares
- marcona almonds
- assorted berries
- glitter bombs
- Make the Glitter Bombs: Stick a toothpick into the top of a frozen grape. Roll the grape in edible glitter, until coated. Remove the toothpick.
- Arrange all items on the board, making sure to alternate colors, shapes, and textures on the board. Enjoy!
- Plan to serve about 1 mini champagne bottle, 2 glitter bombs, and ½ cup fruit, per person. Fill in the remaining items, as needed.
- *For ultimate glitter bomb effect, pour the champagne first. Then, drop in 1-2 glitter bombs per drink.
- *Offer a mix of dry and brut champagne to appeal to different guests.