Chandon 4th of JulyCelebrating July 4th naturally means libations for many of us. While beer remains popular, there’s nothing wrong with trying out new cocktails. And the 2015 Chandon American Summer Limited Edition Brut and Rosé might help there.

The bottles themselves are quite distinctive, with the Brut Classic wrapped in nautical blue and white stripes and the Rosé flaunting hot pink and cool white stripes. For three years now, Chandon has offered the patriotically-themed bubbly but the hot pink is a first, as is the Rosé itself.

For those not quite familiar with the brand, Chandon is an American sparkling wine founded in 1973 by Moët & Chandon and cultivated in Napa Valley. Because only brands grown in France’s Champagne region can be classified as Champagne, Chandon is designated as a “sparkling wine” despite its bubbly pedigree.

Available through Labor Day, the 750ml bottles can be found for $22-$24, with the Brut also available in a mini-version of 187ml for $8, at Chandon.com and select retailers. Tech lovers can also use the Blippar app on their phones to unlock an interactive world that includes a “Summer Selfie” experience by just scanning the bottle.

Need a slightly simpler experience to make it a #ChandonSummer? Just try the two cocktails below.

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Sparkling Shandy

2 oz. lemonade

1 tsp ginger beer tonic

2 oz. Chandon Brut Classic

Candied ginger and a lime wheel

Pour the lemonade into a rocks glass. Add the ginger beer tonic and stir. Add the Brut and ice. Arrange candied ginger and a lime wheel on a toothpick and place over the rim of the glass. Serve.

 

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Summer Sweet & Savory

3 oz. strawberry lemonade
3 dashes Strawberry Rhubarb bitters
2-3 oz. Chandon Rosé
Sprig of fresh summer savory
2 large strawberries, quartered

Pour the strawberry lemonade into shaker. Add the bitters and ice. Shake. Strain into a coupe or other decorative glass. Add the summer savory and strawberries. Top with Rosé and serve.