Ruby Prosecco Cocktail

When I first read about this Prosecco Cocktail (on the Comfort of Cooking Blog), I thought of Christmas. Flavored with cranberry and orange, the drink perfectly celebrates the flavors of the season.  But it was so pretty, with its rosy-red color and sparkling bubbles, I decided to make it for Valentine’s Day. I’d even serve it at a winter brunch–as long as the cranberries hold out!

Valentines Prosecco Cocktail

Valentines Prosecco Cocktail

I did a first test run on New Year’s Eve. After picking up my youngest from her final show of Miracle on 34th Street (which precluded our usual festivities), everyone wimped out and went to bed–except daughter #2 and me. Since we were both staying home and Wisconsin law allows parents to serve alcohol to their kids (hopefully older teens, not toddlers), I got out the blender. I love to share my experiments! 

Making a Prosecco Cocktail

Making a Prosecco Cocktail

This drink consists of a cranberry and orange syrup topped with Prosecco. It’s like a cross between everyone’s favorite brunch drink–a (champagne & OJ) Mimosa and it’s Christmas counterpart, a (champagne, cointreau & cranberry juice) Poinsettia. As a bonus this syrup is made with whole cranberries and orange zest, not just juice, making it even fruitier and more colorful. If you make the syrup ahead of time, it comes together in a snap.

Christmas Prosecco Cocktail

Christmas Prosecco Cocktail

Now a holiday drink requires an appropriate garnish. For Christmas, I would probably use a sprig of rosemary.

Making strawberry heart stir sticks

Making strawberry heart stir sticks

For Valentine’s Day, something like these cute strawberry hearts (thanks to wedding planner Jackie Fogartie) is perfect. 

Hmm, I wonder if book club would like this?

Cheers!

Prosecco Cocktail
Serves 8
Rosy-red and sparkling, with a cranberry orange flavor, this Prosecco Cocktail is perfect for Christmas, Valentine's Day or a winter brunch.
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166 calories
26 g
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164 g
6 g
23 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
164g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 166
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 6mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 23g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
21%
Calcium
2%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  2. 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  3. 2/3 cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute
  4. Juice and zest of 1 orange
  5. 1 (750 ml) bottle Prosecco, champagne, or sparking white wine
Instructions
  1. Combine cranberries and cranberry juice in a food processor or blender. Blend until berries are well chopped.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the berry mixture, sugar, orange juice and zest. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer until thickened and syrupy. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain syrup into a small bowl and refrigerate until cool.
  3. Just before serving, add 2-3 tablespoons of syrup to each glass. Top with sparkling wine and serve.
Notes
  1. The syrup keeps well in the refrigerator if made a day or two ahead of time.
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17 thoughts on “Ruby Prosecco Cocktail

  1. grace

    i’m a real wimp when it comes to mixed drinks–i don’t like to taste any alcohol at all! i think this looks absolutely lovely and i might actually enjoy the flavor too!

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