pouring a Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktail

Creating this cranberry orange prosecco cocktail

Growing up, I was not a wine person. I could barely tell the difference between white and red. I wanted to know about it, but it was such an unknown world that felt too vast to even begin to comprehend. Then, while working as an events coordinator for a group of restaurants, I suddenly found myself the head of Wine Wednesday, a weekly wine tasting at one of our stores. The wine steward had been fired and they needed someone to take on Wine Wednesday, fast. Because I had helped the former steward in the past, I was the obvious choice.

But still, I knew nothing about wine. I studied up each week, sipping wines while reading about their flavor profiles and tasting notes. “Honeysuckle,” I’d read out loud before sipping on a crisp Sauv Blanc. “Cedar and moss,” I’d say to myself between tastes of Petit Verdot.

Slowly but surely, I began to taste all these things. I could even smell them when I raised a glass to my nose. It took weeks and weeks of practice, but after a while I was pretty darn knowledgeable. I’ve learned a lot of things about wine, one being that I’m a huge fan of bubbly. While most people think of it as a seriously sweet wine, it can actually be quite dry and delicious.

Prosecco is my go-to bubbly, because it’s typically a moderate price point without sacrificing quality. Voveti is what I’m sipping on this winter. It’s upscale, yet affordable, and perfect for entertaining with friends. Think: affordable luxury.

(But, like, can affordable luxury be my motto for life? For reals.)

Because it’s on the dryer side, I made it into a prosecco cocktail. A cranberry orange jam brings out the prosecco’s acidity while adding a slightly sweet touch. Candied rosemary brings a welcomed seasonal touch to this sparkler, and complements the red and gold coloring.

Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktail with candied rosemary

How to make candied rosemary

This cranberry orange prosecco cocktail is really easy to make (literally just add everything to a glass a give it a good swirl). But I have a feeling some of you are a bit put off at the thought of making candied rosemary yourself. Trust me, it’s just as easy to make! It does take some time to set, but otherwise it’s a straightforward process. Here’s how to make candied rosemary at home:

Make a simple syrup — First, you’ll need to combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan to make a simple syrup. Let the mixture heat on the stove until the sugar is completely dissolved, then turn the heat down and add the fresh rosemary. Cook for another 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and let the rosemary sit in the simple syrup for 30 minutes.

Coat the rosemary in sugar — After 30 minutes has passed, coat the soaked rosemary in white sugar. Shake off the excess sugar and place the rosemary onto a cooling rack.

Let the rosemary set — Once the rosemary has been laid on the cooling rack, let it sit on your counter for at least 30 minutes to let it set properly. You can toss the rosemary into the freezer to speed up this process, if needed!

Candied rosemary pairs well with many winter cocktails, so it’s a handy “recipe” to have up your sleeve when you have guests coming over. It’s easy to make, but it really impresses people!

Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktail

In all, it’s a total winner. Be sure to pick up a bottle of Voveti for your next soiree!

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Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktail

  • Author: Sarah Fennel
  • Yield: 4 cocktails 1x
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Ingredients

For the candied rosemary

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • .25 oz fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

For the cranberry orange prosecco

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water. Stir occasionally until sugar melts completely, then turn heat to a simmer and add in rosemary. Cook for 5 minutes, then remove from heat and allow rosemary to soak in sugar syrup for 30 minutes.
  2. Place 1 cup of sugar into a small bowl. Remove the rosemary from the sugar syrup and dip each piece into the bowl. Shake off excess sugar and place on a cooling rack. Allow rosemary to set for at least 30 minutes more. To speed up process, place in freezer.
  3. To make the prosecco cocktail, combine cranberry jam with orange zest. Spoon 1 teaspoon into each champagne flute. Pour a few ounces of prosecco and stir. Continue pouring until you almost reach the top of the glass, then top with candied rosemary!

More cocktail recipes from Broma Bakery:

The Spring Buzz {aka chamomile, elderflower, honey & whiskey cocktail}

Violet Eyes (Lavender Coconut Vodka Sour)

5-Minute Mulled Wine

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Boozy Ginger Beer Floats

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

30 comments

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
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Bubbly all the way! I don’t know close to anything about wine (I like..sweet? I don’t know!), but bubbles with a candied garnish is something I can totally get down with!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hahaha, we should have a little sipping party 🙂

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Erin@WellPlated
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I married into an Italian family, an event I consider a glorious baptism in Prosecco. Now, I ADORE it, and no family gathering feels complete without it. Love your wine tasting “journey” too. Can we focus on some tasting notes together sometime soon? 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh yes, you KNOW IT GIRL!! And yes, I would love to do a tasting with you 🙂

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)
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I am so in love with this drink!!! Like seriously it is amazing girlfriend!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you love!

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Liz @ Floating Kitchen
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I always reach for Prosecco too. I can’t wait to check out Voveti! And these sparkling rosemary branches are so adorable. So…when are we sipping on these together?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Uhh, 2016? Needs to happen!

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Sam @ SugarSpunRun
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What a gorgeous and classy drink, Sarah! I love it! And I what a cool job to have had… I wish I was more knowledgeable about wine but for me I mostly just drink the sweet and fruity local vintages, I’m certainly not very sophisticated about it!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Ooh, local is great, though! Thank you as always Sam 🙂

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Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet
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The first time I drank Prosecco I was speechless. It is definitely one of my favorite adult beverages! 😉 LOVE your recipe and will definitely be making it over Christmas!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Isn’t it so good? The Italians just know how to do food and drink. Ha!

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Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
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So, so pretty and just perfect for the holidays!

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Mira
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This drink looks gorgeous! I like wine, but rarely get Prosecco. Pinned to try it!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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You’ve gotta, lady!

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Gaby Dalkin
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prosecco is the way to go!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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You know it my dear!

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Kendall
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This is something that I would love to share with my guests on Christmas. I love cocktails with Prosecco. Looks like a must try!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Please let me know if you do!

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Robbin
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Love! This sounds delish! I’ll have to make this over the holidays for my fam… my mom loves prosecco!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Lady! So glad to have you around. Do let me know what you think!

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Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps
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Prosecco is always my go-to, especially for special occasions! Beautiful!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? As great is champagne is, prosecco is my choice, always 🙂

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Anne
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Simone sent me this beautiful creation – it will be our holiday party special cocktail this year! We will toast you and all our island friends! Just a bit nervous about making 100 of them- any tips?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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So good to hear from you Anne!! In terms of making 100, you could try getting a 16 ounce jar of cranberry jam and mix that with a bottle of prosecco. Then pour a splash of that into each glass before topping with fresh prosecco. As for the rosemary, It shuold be fairly easy to scale up! I would make the candied rosemary smaller, like 10 sprigs or so per glass, and cut them ahead of time before putting into your simple syrup. Feel free to email me at sarah@bromabakery.com if you have any more specific questions!

XO!

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Aysegul
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Prosecco has been mine go-to drink as well. I love that not only it tastes so good, but also it looks so lady-like. If you know what I mean. I’d have to try Voveti next time.
Lovely photos, as always.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you so much Aysegul. Lady like and delish 🙂

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Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture
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Wow, this drink is gorgeous! Very classy. Heh heh, I am the opposite of your wine-connoisseur self, because I can never identify all those subtleties you mentioned. I’m pretty jealous! Mossy? Flavors of slate on the nose? Eh? And I’ve worked in two wineries… What is wrong with me. But just because I can’t ID any of those undertones… I still love wine, and especially a little classy bubbly 🙂 Can’t wait to try the rosemary with it!

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