March 1, 2023

Get Creative for Carnaval

The Brazilian tradition of Carnaval is a wild celebration of music, fun, food and drinks. While Carnaval is celebrated worldwide, Rio de Janeiro's festival is the most popular. This year, don't worry about making the trip to Brazil – bring Carnaval to your home!

Challenge your friends and family to recreate the classic meals served during Carnaval, like churros, and compete to see who makes the tastiest dish. Set up taste-testing stations and create scoring sheets so you can truly put everyone's chef skills to the test. Scores can include categories like authenticity, flavor, recipe difficulty and presentation.

Take the competition a step further by creating a bracket-style challenge and see who gets the title of the top chef! Share your recipes after the competition, so everyone has a chance to make a delicious meal after your celebration.

To get into the true Carnaval spirit, livestream the parade on your TV and turn up the volume. Pop a bottle of KORBEL California Champagne and celebrate with loved ones like you're right there on the streets of Brazil!


Raspberry-Acai Mimosa

  • Ingredients
    • 1 bottle of KORBEL California Champagne
    • 1 bottle (750 ounces) of raspberry-acai juice
    • Fresh strawberries
  • Directions
    • Fill each champagne flute with chilled champagne and top with juice
    • Add a fresh strawberry garnish to each drink


Passion Fruit Bellini

  • Ingredients
    • 9 ounces of passion fruit simple syrup
    • 3 ounces of peach schnapps
    • 12 ounces of KORBEL Brut California Champagne
    • Passion fruit seeds
  • Directions
    • Combine passion fruit simple syrup and peach schnapps in a champagne flute
    • Top with KORBEL California Champagne and garnish with a few passion fruit seeds


Brazilian Churros

  • Ingredients
    • ¾ cup of plain flour
    • ¾ cup of self-rising flour
    • 1 cup of unsalted butter
    • 1 tablespoon of sugar
    • 2 egg yolks
    • ¾ cup of dulce de leche
    • Cinnamon and sugar to dust
    • Vegetable oil to deep fry
  • Directions
    • Sift flours together into a bowl
    • Melt butter and 1 ½ cups of water over medium heat, stirring until smooth
    • Add sugar and bring to a boil until sugar dissolves
    • Add flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl
    • Transfer the dough into a bowl and chill slightly, then stir in egg yolks until combined
    • Put the dough in a piping bag and seal it. Refrigerate for one hour.
    • While the dough chills, combine cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl and set aside
    • Put dulce de leche in a separate piping bag
    • Fill a large pan ⅓ full of oil and heat to 340 F
    • Pipe the dough onto a lined baking sheet about five inches long
    • Gently drop two or three lines of dough into the oil and deep fry for about four minutes or until crisp
    • Remove with a slotted spoon and cool on a paper towel
    • Slice the fried churro (not all the way through) and fill it with dulce de leche
    • Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and serve


Brazilian Potato and Vegetable Espetinho

  • Ingredients
    • 12 new season potatoes
    • 1 corn on the cob, cut into 8 wheels
    • 1 large red onion, cut into 8 wedges
    • 8 pineapple wedges
    • 1 teaspoon of paprika
    • ½ teaspoon of ground cumin
    • ½ teaspoon of ground coriander
    • ¼ teaspoon of dried chili flakes
    • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • Directions
    • Boil potatoes for five minutes and drain
    • Thread potatoes on a skewer, followed by corn, pineapple and red onion. Repeat until all skewers are full.
    • Mix olive oil and all spices and use a brush to spread the mixture over skewers
    • Cook on a grill until potatoes are cooked, and vegetables are charred
    • Remove from grill and serve