Sparkling Blackberry Basil Cocktail
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Serves 4-6
Ingredients: 8-10 large fresh or frozen blackberries 3 T. fresh basil, torn ¼ c. honey, preferably local ¼ c. water 4 oz. Elderflower liqueur (optional) 1 750 ml bottle Prosecco, chilled Garnish: (optional) Fresh blackberries Sprigs of fresh basil
Slice of lime
Add the blackberries, basil, honey, and water to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture is heated through and starts to thicken, approximately 4-5 minutes. Gently press on blackberries while heating to release juices.
Remove from heat and strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove solids. Reserve remaining liquid and set aside to cool.
If using, divide the Elderflower liqueur among four champagne flutes, along with a drizzle of the blackberry simple syrup. Finish by topping off each glass with some chilled Prosecco.
Garnish each glass with 2-3 fresh blackberries and a sprig of fresh basil, if desired, before serving. Enjoy!