With summer produce at a close, these plum Prosecco cocktails make the perfect send off beverage.
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A Recipe for Cocktail Success
When it comes to making cocktails, I am certainly not a licensed bartender. I am, however, an avid cocktail drinker and a huge fan of anything bubbly and sweet.
With several episodes of trail and error on the cocktail mixing front, I've come up with a few steps (like the ones used in these plum prosecco cocktails) that help in setting me up for success.
I always try to start with a some kind of concentrated ingredient. This could be tomato juice, simple syrup of some sort, or even a bitter. It helps with dulling down the alcohol flavor.
Next, being the foodie that I am, I like to add some kind of element of texture. Pickled something or other, herbs, or even fresh fruit. Not only can this add another layer of flavor to your cocktail, it also adds a level of aesthetic beauty that I am 100% here for.
Finally you get to add (what some might argue is the most important part) the booze.
And while I'm fully aware that this is probably the most simplified explanation of cocktail making in the world, it does the trick for me every time.
No, I am not an expert. I don't own a cocktail shaker. You will rarely see me playing with fancy ice.
All that said, I've never made a cocktail I didn't love.
Making Homemade Plum Syrup
The homemade plum syrup we're using in these plum prosecco cocktails today is simultaneously the fanciest and easiest thing I've made to date.
I promise I'm not exaggerating when I say I threw some sugar, water, and the cores of some plums into a pan and let the magic happen.
Of course, you need to make sure to watch your concoction because sugar can burn fairly easily, but other than that, it's pretty difficult to mess up.
After creating this syrup I started dreaming about all the other flavors of syrups I could make with every fruit imaginable.
It captures the essence of the plums I use so well, I've been using drops of it on my pancakes, in my kombucha and drizzled over ice cream.
Just make sure to keep it fresh in a glass container of some sort. I'm using my favorite reusable jars that work for caramel, nut mylk, and just about anything you want to keep in the fridge.
You've Got Options
Can't find plums? No big deal. This recipe works great with seasonal fall fruit too. Think pears, apples, and pomegranates!
Not big on Prosecco? Looking to use a bottle of something you already have in your cabinet?
No worries. This drink is super easy to modify. Here are some substitutes for Prosecco you can use seamlessly to make your own version of these plum prosecco cocktails:
- sub a shot of vodka with some bubbly water
- use a spiked seltzer
- get really fancy and use real champagne or a white wine!
Plum Prosecco Cocktails
With the end of summer produce coming to a close, these plum prosecco cocktails make the perfect send off beverage.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
- Category: Cocktails
- Method: Raw
- Cuisine: American
- 4 ripe plums
- 1 bottle of Prosecco
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- sage for garnish
- Slice your plums thinly. Reserve the core of the plums for the syrup. In a small saucepan combine plum cores with sugar and water. Cook over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes on low. Remove from the heat and strain into a glass jar.
- In your champagne flutes combine 1 teaspoon of your plum syrup, 4 plum slices, and fill remaining glass with Prosecco. Garnish with sage and enjoy!
Keywords: Plum Prosecco Cocktails
This is officially going to be my NYE cocktail... love it! So creative to use plums, and such a great pairing with the prosecco. Thanks for the great recipe!
This looks so good!! Does the plumb syrup need to be chilled or cooled before added to the prosecco? Also do you recommend chilling the prosecco or serving with ice?
Hi Ariel, thanks for your comment! I do recommend chilling or at least cooling to room temp before serving.