CRANBERRY ROSEMARY SPRITZER

Hello Lovely,

Lately my body hasn’t been tolerating alcohol very well, which is a huge bummer, because this is the season for drinking! There’s so much to celebrate! So I’ve had to create a delicate balance between a really healthy diet and gaps in between my drinks so that it doesn’t make me sick.

One of the things I enjoyed this season is this drink. I love the dark smoky feel of it. Feels like there should be a lit cigar next to it (I’m totally against cigars and cigarettes though). I was feeling a little down that my North Pole Cake didn’t turn out quite as expected, so I made this to cheer myself up. This is a great drink to whip up for family and friends at your next holiday gathering. You’ll put in a little work making the rosemary simple syrup, but, come on guys. Isn’t this drink worth it?

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CRANBERRY ROSEMARY SPRITZER

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle prosecco

  • 2 ounces peach schnapps

  • 4 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

  • 4 ounces pom juice

  • 1 small bottle mango flavoured soda water

  • 6-8 sprigs rosemary

  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 slices oranges


INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add 1 cup of water to a small pan with 2-3 sprigs of rosemary, bring to a boil.

  • Add sugar to boiling water and stir until sugar dissolves.

  • Remove from heat, strain rosemary leaves and set to cool.

  • Wash cranberries. Set aside.

  • Pour Prosecco evenly into 4 cocktail glasses.

  • Add .5 ounces of peach schnapps, .5 ounces rosemary simple syrup, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 ounce pom juice and a splash of mango soda water to each glass and stir.

  • Add 1 tablespoon of cranberries to each glass.

  • Allow the cranberries time to float to the top of the glass and garnish with 1 sprig of rosemary.

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Because no one drinks plain water any more.

Strawberry Lemon and Rosemary Infused Water

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup strawberries, tops removed and sliced

  • 4 lemon slices

  • 1 Rosemary leaf

  • Water

Directions:

  • Add strawberries, lemon slices and rosemary to a liter-size jar or bottle.

  • Fill with water, cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour before enjoying.

XoX,

Olivia