Bubbles Over The Festive Season

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… For Champagne

Calories: A standard 120ml flute of Champagne is 80kcal Top tip: For Champagne! But beware: high sugar content + bubbles = the mother of all hangovers, so stick to one or two glasses and sip some water in between. Too expensive… Opt instead…

… For Prosecco

Calories: A standard 120ml flute of Prosecco is 80kcal Top tip: For Prosecco. Like Champagne, but way cheaper. For those who like to budget for the pounds in their purse as well.

I absolutely love drinking bubbles on a night out, I barley drink therefore I like to pretend I’m celebrating every time! As we are coming into the festive season here are a couple of more healthier… okay maybe not but enjoyable and delicious ideas!

Just to get you guys into the festive season check out a couple of Prosecco Cocktail Recipes below!

Amaretto Pop Heaven

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Ingredients

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup sugar for sugaring glass rim

1 lemon, zested

1 lime, zested

1/2 lemon, juiced saving the remaining 1/2 lemon for coating glass rim

3/4 cup Prosecco

2 tablespoons amaretto

2 tablespoons simple syrup

Ice cubes

Lemon and lime slices, for garnish

Directions

To make the simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup of water with 1/2 cup of sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Take pan off heat and set aside to cool.

For the sugar rims: In a shallow bowl, combine 1/4 cup of sugar with the lemon and lime zest. Rub the lemon around the glass rim, making sure to evenly coat both inside and out. Lightly press the rim into the sugar to frost.

In a small pitcher, combine the Prosecco, amaretto liqueur, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of cooled simple syrup. Pour into the sugared glass over ice.

Garnish with a slice of lemon and a slice of lime

 Festive Bubbly Punch

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Ingredients

2 quarts white grape juice

1 quart pomegranate juice

6 ounces fresh raspberries

1/2 pint pomegranate seeds

One 1-liter bottle ginger ale

2 bottles prosecco

Special equipment: muffin tins

Directions

Add to a large pitcher the white grape juice and pomegranate juice. Pour the juice into 1 muffin tin, filling the cups half of the way up. Drop a few fresh raspberries and pomegranate seeds into each muffin cup and place in the freezer until frozen.

Place the pitcher with the remaining juice in the fridge until ready to serve. Right before serving, pour the juice into a punch bowl and top with ginger beer and prosecco.

Remove the muffin tin from the freezer and remove the ice cubes with a small spatula, let sit out for a minute if they don’t pop out. Add ice cubes to punch bowl and serve!

 Delicious Strawberry Fizzzz

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Ingredients

1 pint strawberries, quartered

1 tablespoon sugar

1 pint high-quality vanilla ice cream

1 750 -ml bottle prosecco, chilled

Directions

Toss the strawberries and sugar in a medium bowl and let sit 30 minutes. Divide the strawberries among 4 wine glasses; put 1 scoop of  ice-cream in each. Fill with prosecco.

Sparkle Plum Delight

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Ingredients

2 ripe plums, halved, pitted and chopped

Superfine sugar

Splash water

1 tablespoon honey

Chilled Prosecco

Directions

Combine the plums, sugar, water and honey in a food processor and process until smooth. Put a few tablespoons of the puree into chilled champagne glasses and fill them to the top with Prosecco

If like me you barley drink (and maybe can’t handle it….!) I have a couple of delicious drinks which you will enjoy just as much!

untitled2Cranberry Juice, Sparkling water with a squeeze of lime and lime on the side

Cranberry Juice, Ginger Beer with a squeeze of Lime and lime on the side!

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