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Blackberry Rosemary Sparkler

Blackberries and Rosemary are an amazing flavor combination. This cocktail starts with a simple syrup made by simmering sweet juicy berries and woody, deep rosemary. The syrup is then topped by a good Prosecco, (Italian sparkling wine) or your favorite champagne. It’s  a perfect summer and or holiday cocktail and the syrup also makes great non-alcoholic drinks.

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Simmer blackberries, sugar, water, and rosemary in a small heavy saucepan, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced by about two thirds, about 20 minutes.

Pour into a very fine sieve set over a glass measure and let stand 5 minutes (there will be about 1/3 cup). Discard solids (do not press on them). Chill syrup, covered, until cold.

 

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Blackberry Rosemary Sparkler

This recipe makes more syrup than you’ll need for 6 drinks. Use additional for extra cocktails or stir it into sparkling water or lemonade for delicious nonalcoholic drinks. Syrup keeps, covered and chilled, 3 days.

  • Yield: 6-8 cocktails 1x
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Ingredients

Cocktail

  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle Prosecco (Italian sparkling white wine), chilled

Garnishes:

  • Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Fresh blackberries

Instructions

  1. Simmer blackberries, sugar, water, and rosemary in a small heavy saucepan, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced by about two thirds, about 20 minutes.
  2. Pour into a very fine sieve set over a glass measure and let stand 5 minutes (there will be about 1/3 cup). Discard solids (do not press on them). Chill syrup, covered, until cold.
  3. Divide Prosecco among 6 small flutes, then pour 1 1/2 teaspoons syrup into each drink.

Notes

Adapted From | Gourmet