Friday, December 2, 2016

Cranberry Clementine Christmas Spritz


Tis the season to be jolly! I just love a good holiday cocktail. Combining all the flavors of the season is one of my favorite things to do. I also have a love of wine and more of a love for bubbles as in Lunetta Prosecco. Some of my favorite seasonal flavor combinations are cranberry and clementine. 


Holiday cheer keeps everyone happy. Wether you serve this cocktail to you holiday guests or just pour yourself a glass while wrapping presents, it is the perfect holiday drink!


Lunetta ("Little Moon" in Italian) celebrates life's small pleasures. The grapes are handpicked and vinified at Cavit's state-of-the-art sparkling wine facility in the northern Italian region of Trentino, dedicated exclusively to producing world-class sparkling wines.
Enticing aromas of apple and peach give way to a palate that is refreshing, and harmonious, with crisp fruit flavors and a clean finish.

Lunetta Prosecco is delightful as an aperitif or enjoyed with antipasti, hors d'oeuvres, sushi, shellfish and seafood.
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Ingredients: 
2 2/3 cup clementine juice, plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped clementine zest, plus 1 clementine for garnish (from 12-14 fruits total)
1/4 cup cane sugar
1 cup organic 100% cranberry juice
3/4 cup fresh cranberries
8 (1-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
1 (750-ml) bottle Lunetta Prosecco, well chilled

Directions
In a wide, shallow dish, mix zest and sugar together with your fingers. Wet the rim of 8 cocktail glasses with a wet paper towel, and then dredge in clementine sugar to coat. In a large pitcher, use a wooden spoon to muddle cranberry juice, cranberries. Fill pitcher with ice cubes. Top off with clementine juice, and prosecco. Stir vigorously; pour into glasses; garnish with clementine twists and serve.
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