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Prosecco Cocktail with Spiked Cranberry Syrup

Prosecco Cocktail with Spiked Cranberry Syrup

A quick syrup that transforms a glass of bubbly Prosecco or Champagne. Made with Cranberry, Pomegranate and Orange juices and warm spices

Perfect for special occasions, Thanksgiving or Christmas – adds an elegant touch and gorgeous color!
Not too sweet, just the right balance with warm spices

Prosecco Cocktail with Spiked Cranberry Syrup

Ingredients

¼ cup pomegranate juice*, see below for making your own

¼ cup fresh orange juice, I’ve used Satsuma oranges

½ cup pure cane sugar

1 medium cinnamon stick

5 whole dried allspice berries

5 whole cloves

½ cup fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over

Instructions

1

Make pomegranate juice (see below), or use store bought (all natural.)
Add pomegranate juice, orange juice, sugar and all spices to a non reactive 1 quart pot.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer to dissolve the sugar, the mixture will be syrupy. Cook stirring about 3 minutes. Will slightly reduce.
Let stand 5 minutes to infuse the flavors.

2

Strain the mixture into a small bowl with a fine mesh strainer.
Wipe the pan clean, add syrup.
Add cranberries and bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, stirring for 2 – 3 minutes until the cranberries ‘pop” and are broken up. Take off heat and cool.

3

Place the mixture in a small food processor and puree.
Strain the mixture and place in a clean glass container until ready to use.

4

To Serve:
Add 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons of syrup on the bottom of pretty stemmed glass flutes.
Pour Prosecco or Champagne over. HINT: Taste with 1 tablespoon of syrup, add 1 1/2 tablespoons for a sweeter taste.

5

Garnish:
Thread three cranberries on a decorative 4 1/2 inch skewer. If you have mint with thick stems, twine it through the skewer, or add the sprig to the glass with the skewer.

6

Enjoy!

7

*Pomegranate Juice:
Cut 1/4  piece from a large, fresh pomegranate. Remove seeds, leaving white pith behind. Will have roughly 1/2 cup of seeds.
Add the seeds to a small food processor and pulse until broken up.
Strain into a small bowl, using a fine mesh strainer. press hard on solids to release the juice.
Makes 1/4 cup of juice.

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