Inspired by fall’s harvest, and the Italian countryside comes this elegant cocktail recipe. Perfect for formal gatherings, or just a simple weekend grilling with friends, we chose to use Prosecco in lieu of champagne or American sparkling wine, because of it’s inherent ability to provide the perfect cocktail base.
Prosecco wine has flavors of delicate fruits and aromatics, ranging from lots of bubbles (spumante) to lightly-bubbled (frizzante). It’s generally a little sweeter than a French champagne, settling on the the dry to off-dry style of wines. Average prices range from $15-20-very affordable for an every day bubble. On the palate you can expect Prosecco to show notes of ripe, sweet apples, pears, stone fruits, almond, and a light, yeasty finish.
For this elegant punch recipe, we chose the La Tordera Saome Brut Prosecco, out of Treviso, Italy. It’s made from Glera grapes, as well as a bit of Chardonnay, enhancing the fruit flavors of apple and pomegranate with layers of blackberry, currant, and light tannins. A refreshing cocktail for fall and celebrations!
The Italian Orchard Cocktail
- 4 oz pomegranate liqueur
- 2 oz Apple liqueur
- 2 (750ml) bottles Saome Brut Prosecco, chilled
- 8 sugar cubes
- Garnish: pomegranate seeds
Put one sugar cube in each champagne flute; add 1 tablespoon of pomegranate liqueur to each glass, along with 1/4 oz of apple liqueur.
Fill glasses with Prosecco (about 3/4 cup each). Stir once. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, if desired.