Fizzy shindig on Star Island celebrates new mixable champagne

Gabrielle Union celebrates the launch of Veuve Clicquot Rich at a Star Island residence Sept 21, 2015
Gabrielle Union celebrates the launch of Veuve Clicquot Rich at a Star Island residence Sept 21, 2015 World Red Eye

Gabrielle Union wouldn’t let a little thing like a case of the Mondays ruin a great party.

The Being Mary Jane star made an appearance at the launch for Veuve Clicquot Rich, a champagne made for mixing, at a private waterside mansion on Star Island.

“I’m a little tired, but this is perking me up,” said Union, holding a glass of bubbly topped with sliced cucumbers. Mrs. Dwyane Wade was looking way stylish in a beige jumpsuit and Indiana Jones-style hat. “I mean, I can’t complain. Look at that view.”

Union recently returned from New York, where she attended fashion shows and did some damage to her credit card.

“I called my accountant and was like, ‘Don’t worry, there’s no fraud. It’s all me. I am shopping!’ ”

At the fizzy shindig, mixologists crafted drinks with using unexpected ingredients like fresh grapefruit, green peppers, basil and more, while the crowd moved to beats via DJ Ruen and the classic Tom Cruise film Cocktail played in the background.

“I think most people think mimosas when they are thinking of mixing something with champagne,” said A Fancy Affair style blogger Amanda Tur. “But with Rich you can experience so many different taste sensations.”

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