Winter Cherry Prosecco Cocktail

Winter Cherry Prosecco Cocktail

As you may have noticed from previous cocktail recipes, I really love cherries!  This is a great winter time cocktail that looks marvellous in the glass.  A very lovely bartender in a Leeds cocktail bar I used to frequent (surprised huh?!) told me that lemon is to cocktails as salt is to food and can really enhance the flavour.  Personally I think it makes a real difference here so worth making the effort with the fresh lemon juice!

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Prosecco
  • 1 can of whole cherries (not pie filling, but canned cherries.  You can find them in most supermarkets, canned in a light syrup)
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • lemon

Method

  1. Drain the cherry juice into a saucepan. Put the cherries in a jar for later.
  2. Simmer the juice with the thyme sprigs over a low heat for about 5 minutes. Take off the heat and let cool.
  3. Pour the cooled juice back over the cherries.
  4. Put about 1 to 2 tablespoons of cherry juice in the bottom of a champagne glass. Add one cherry to the glass then fill up with Prosecco.   Garnish with a small sprig of thyme if you like and squeeze a bit of lemon juice in each glass.

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