Sponsored Post: I received the Prosecco and simple syrup as media samples but all the words here are my own!
With Thanksgiving a few days away, most of us are busy planning the big feast – and looking for a special way to welcome friends and family to our homes. My crew has come to expect a nice selection of wines when they dine chez nous, but sometimes I like to shake it up a little, and pour a holiday-themed cocktail.
This year, in addition to a few bottles of my favorite wines, I’ll be tempting my guests with a Maple Cinnamon Prosecco Cocktail. Sounds good, right? It is! When you start with high-quality ingredients, you end up with an elegant pre-dinner sipper that will please all palates.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 5 oz. Nino Franco Rustico Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG ($19.99; get it here)
- 1 oz. apple cider (or, if you’re adventurous, use Calvados!)
- 1/2 oz. Root 23 Maple Cinnamon Simple Syrup (get it here)
- Champagne coupe or a regular wine glass
- Cinnamon stick or lemon peel for garnish
Pour the Prosecco into a glass and spoon in the maple cinnamon syrup and the cider (or Calvados!) Stir lightly and serve with a cinnamon stick or a curl of lemon peel.
I made my test batch with Calvados from the Pays d’Auge, which allows both apples and pears in their brandy. It added a nice layer of flavor to the cocktail.
Another idea is to make a non-alcoholic version for the kids and teetotalers to enjoy. Substitute club soda for the Prosecco, and use the cider.
Serve with light cocktail snacks and smart conversation.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
P.S. If you find yourself with leftover Prosecco, count that as a blessing. The Nino Franco Rustico punches way above its weight in terms of quality/price ratio. Save a bottle to enjoy after all the guests have gone!