Cocktails: Champagne with Citrus Popsicles

Cocktails is a Tablecrafter series on updated versions of classic alcoholic drinks.

Some things must be appreciated in their original state, but there's no denying that brainstorming the various ways to reinvent a classic is much too fun to completely forgo. In this recipe, we take the definitive French 75 and add an interesting twist. The citrus element of the cocktail comes in the form of an intensely flavored popsicle. Light, effervescent, and refreshing, our variation on the libation easily reminds us of the best summer cocktails we've had. 

Champagne with Citrus Popsicles

Yield: 8 popsicles
Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes (5 min prep / 1 hr 30 min freezing)


  • 12 oz. champagne
  • ⅓ cup gin
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice


  1. Combine all the ingredients except for the champage and pour into popsicle molds and leave about ¼ of an inch allowance.
  2. Freeze for about 1 hour and 30 minutes or until solid.
  3. Serve popsicles inside a glass and pour champagne over.

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Minimalist Cooking: Tomato, Brie, & Basil Frittata

Minimalist Cooking is a Tablecrafter series on creating easy, straightforward dishes with just five ingredients or less.

Tomato, Brie, and Basil Frittata

A hearty dish you can have any time of the day, the Italian frittata offers flavor without the lengthy prep. While the frittata traditionally consists of leftover meats, cheeses, vegetables, or pasta, this recipe only has three Mediterranean favorites: fresh tomatoes, cheese, and basil. 

The fruity tomato contrasts the buttery and unctuous brie dotted throughout the frittata, while the fresh basil lends hints of a pleasant and familiar grassiness associated with the herb. This coupling of textural diversity and simple, time-honored flavors will have you serving up this frittata in only a few short minutes.

Tomato, Brie, & Basil Frittata

Yield: 2 servings
Time: 20 minutes (8 min prep / 12 min cooking)


  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 1 large ripe tomato, cut into wedges
  • ⅓ cup brie, sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, for seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Heat a six-inch skillet with olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the beaten eggs, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Mix constantly with a rubber spatula. The eggs will start to hold their shape but will still be runny after about two to three minutes of stirring.
  4. Add the brie and basil. Mix lightly.
  5. Cook in oven for another five to six minutes, or until the eggs hold their shape. Serve immediately.
A slice of frittata

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