The Guilt Notes

A Very Guilty Grape Thanksgiving to You!

A Very Guilty Grape Thanksgiving to You!

We know. 2020 has been a year. But around here, we’re nothing but grateful. Our first wine, our California Zinfandel Rosé SOLD OUT. We’re so glad you love it as much as we do. We just dropped three new wines that you can pre-order: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Peach Mango Bubbly. Click here to pre-order any of those from our “Gold Collection.” While they’re not ready to ship just yet we didn’t want to leave you hanging this Thanksgiving. Whether you’ll be alone or with others this Thanksgiving here is four classic bubbly cocktails to get your Thanksgiving started right. 


Need a no-fuss, classic cocktail to get things started? Here’s an easy cocktail to kick of the holiday season. You only need two ingredients: 

Bottle of bubbly, chilled 

Orange Juice 

Recipe: You can start with a 50/50 ratio of bubbly to OJ but definitely do you and switch it up depending on your taste. 

The Guilty Grape Mimosa

French 75 Cocktail 

Can you say…sophisticated? While the name may seem mysterious it’s actually just a cocktail made with champagne and gin. It’s a classic French cocktail and has only four simple ingredients: 

½ glass (3 oz) of Champagne 

1 oz of Gin

½ oz of lemon juice  

½ oz of simple syrup 


  1. Make a lemon twist garnish, if you are using 
  2. Place the gin, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 15 seconds until cold. Strain liquid into a champagne flute. 
  3. Top off the glass with champagne (no need to measure). Garnish and serve. 


Like the idea of a mimosa but want something a bit more subtle in flavor? This may be the one for you. Traditionally, this drink is made with Prosecco, the signature bubbly drink of Italy, where it was created. But you can substitute any other bottle of bubbly that you might have on hand. Once again it only has two ingredients: 

Prosecco, or any other bottle of bubbly, chilled 

1 tablespoon of peach puree 

You can buy peach puree already made for cocktails online, or you can buy canned peaches to make your own. To do so, pour canned peaches and their juices into a food processor and blend for one to two minutes until the mixture is smooth. Chill overnight in the refrigerator with your wine. 

Recipe: Put 1 tablespoon of peach puree into a flute glass and then top with prosecco. 

The Guilty Grape Thanksgiving Spread

The classic, classic 

If your 2020 has you going…girl, I don’t have time to buy extra ingredients or make all these cocktails. We see you. For you, we’d recommend a glass of bubbly with a few raspberries dropped in. Classy and no-fuss. Just what this year needs. 

At the end of the day, it’s not about the drinks or even the food. It’s about the experience. We hope you have a very Guilty Grape Thanksgiving; One focused on what matters. From our homes to yours, we hope it is utterly fabulous. 

Cheers to you and yours. 



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