3 Sparkling Cocktails for Your Weekend

3 Sparkling Cocktails for Your Weekend
Raspberry Limoncello Sparkler

Raspberry Limoncello Sparkler

When you hear the words “Mother’s Day” you can rest assured that in a few short breaths you will probably also hear the word “brunch” and then it is but a short leap to “Mimosa.” There is nothing wrong with a Mimosa, but maybe it is time to get off that train and freshen up your Mother’s Day Brunch with a new sparkling concoction?

I put together a few different sparkling options for you to surprise mom with and who knows maybe they will make it into your summer sipping repertoire as well? Some of these mixes require Simple Syrup. Here is a brief primer on it.

Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water

Simple sugar is easy to make but if you don’t want to deal with it you can usually find it in the liquor department by the mixers and bitters. Simple syrup operates on a roughly 1:1 ratio so it is easy to remember. Put both ingredients in a pan on gentle heat. Stir occasionally and when the water turns clear the sugar is dissolved. Do not boil. This is one of those don’t walk away or get distracted moments. Once the sugar is dissolved let it cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator or if you want to get into the whole sterilizing a jar and keeping it at room temperature on a shelf be my guest but really why would you? I make just enough for my current need so I don’t worry about how long I can store it.

Raspberry Limoncello Sparkler (pictured above)

  • 1 oz. Limoncello
  • Prosecco Italian sparkling wine
  • Raspberries (about 5 per glass)

Put a few raspberries on the bottom of a champagne glass. Pour 1 oz. of Limoncello over them. Top up with Prosecco.

Lime Cooler Pucker

Lime Cooler Pucker

Lime Cooler Pucker

  • Pinch of mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • Sugar to sprinkle on limes and for muddling 2 limes (1 for slicing and 1 for juicing)
  • Prosecco Italian sparkling wine

Slice a lime and then sprinkle sugar on them. Make one cut into each slice so they will stay on the rim of the glass later. Put on a tray and pop in the freezer for 15 minutes. I got the great idea of freezing citrus from here.

Frozen Limes

Combine a few chopped mint leaves and a pinch of sugar in a narrow bottomed bowl and muddle together. If you don’t have an official bartender muddler set I recommend a citrus reamer as a substitute.

Put muddled mint into the bottom of glass and add the juice of ½ of a lime (add more for extra tartness) and 1 teaspoon simple syrup. Top up with Prosecco. Garnish with a frozen lime slice.

Rose Spritzer

Rose Spritzer

Rosè Spritzer

  • 1 Tbsp. simple syrup
  • Rosè Wine
  • Pellegrino sparkling water or Ginger Ale
  • Raspberries and mint for garnish

Place raspberries in bottom of glass and add the simply syrup. I used a ratio of 1:1 with the Rosè and the sparkling water. Because Rosèi s lighter I found that any more than a 1:1 ratio made the drink too watery. If you used a red wine you probably would do 2 parts water and 1 part wine. You could also substitute a lemon-lime soda or ginger ale for the sparkling water and subtract out the simple syrup.

What are some of your favorite cocktails for a hot day or holiday? Let me know in the comments below.



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  1. Camilla
    May 6, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    Yummy cocktail ideas! Alessandro loves fruity cocktails and these look so good!

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