Zest for Bubbles

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Spirits are high for the liveliest drinks on the market

Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles. From carbonated coffee, to the sparkling water craze, to spiked seltzers, and a renewed love for Champagne, effervescence is everywhere. From La Croix (pass me the Pamplemousse!), to Yes Way Rosé with Bubbles, companies are continuing to launch bubbles brands faster than you can say “Bubly,” or “Bublé,” like Michael Bublé does in the commercial for PepsiCo’s unveil of its new, all-natural sparkling waters. And if we’re talking Champagne, there’s no question the once “posh and pretentious” libation is no longer just an upmarket celebratory drink — a glass of bubbly is fitting for any and every occasion.

The Espressoda — The Espressoda — a bold iced coffee, made with carbonated water instead of plain water, a drizzle of vanilla for sweetness, and no milk or cream. Easily made at home, this low-calorie, dairy-free concoction combines your love of coffee and La Croix. When combined, the carbonation of the water and the actual CO2 in the espresso reacts, making a lot of foam, resulting in a beautiful crema to top it off.


Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. club soda or sparkling water

  • 1 oz. vanilla syrup

  • 1 oz. illy espresso


Directions:

1. Fill a standard 10-ounce, clear latte glass to the top with fresh ice.

2. Add club soda or sparkling water, leaving a bit of room on top for the shot of espresso.

3. Add vanilla syrup and stir.

4. Prepare illy espresso and at the end pour the shot over the soda.

Recipe via The Manual


Beyond the Brut

Moet & Chandon, one of the most respected Champagne houses in the world for nearly 300 years, teamed up with Off-White designer Virgil Abloh for a limited-edition bottle — Moet & Chandon x Off-White Impérial Rosé Champagne. Having made its debut at New York Fashion Week, the bottle contains Moet’s Nectar Impérial Rosé with all-white labeling and Abloh’s signature “DO NOT DROP” embossed on the side. Available in 750ml bottles. moet.com

#CoupleGoals

The perfect pairing? Husband-wife team Graham Foster and Lauren Zanardelli of Mt. Lebanon’s Fairlane are right now loving Vegas Altas Ancestral sparkling rosé paired with their brunch buttermilk biscuits and white gravy. @fairlanepgh

Calling All Millennials

The sparkling water craze features fruity infusions and tummy-soothing carbonation that first gained mainstream popularity as a healthy alternative to sugar-laden soda. What we’re currently into? Recess sparkling water infused with hemp extract, adaptogens, American ginseng, L-theanine, and schisandra. Flavors like pom hibiscus come in a pretty millennial pink can with the tag line “calm cool collected.” “An antidote to modern times.” Genius. takearecess.com


What We’re Sipping

Aperol Spritz with Aperol, Prosecco, and orange at
DiAnoia’s Eatery in the Strip District

Featherstone with Jamaican rum, lemon, grapefruit oleo, watermelon, and sparkling rosé ale at
Hidden Harbor in Squirrel Hill

Fog in the Hills, made with Hendrick’s gin, vanilla, anise, and tonic, at fl.2 Downtown


 

STORY by Andrea Bosco Stehle // photography by adam milliron // styling by ana kelly