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Prosecco and Elderflower Spritzer

Three ingredients–Italian sparkling wine, a splash of sexy liqueur, and bubbly mineral water–make up this barely boozy spritzer, celebratory simplicity in a tall ice-filled glass. Sparkling, enchanting, and inviting, with pear, citrus and floral nectar, this Prosecco and elderflower spritzer is a most delightful cocktail.

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Have you ever tasted St-Germain, the amber French liqueur made with hand-picked elderflower blossoms? With bright and fragrant flavor hinting of honeyed pear, white peaches and grapefruit, St-Germain makes magic in this spritzer.

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St-Germain liqueur is heavier than Prosecco, so it gradually floats to the bottom of the glass, on the way down adding golden alluring notes to every bubble. Keep bubbly Prosecco and sparkling water in your fridge and a bottle of St-Germain in your liquor cabinet and you’re always ready for a party.

Prosecco and Elderflower Spritzer 3 glasses on the deck

Prosecco has a gentler effervescence than champagne’s, and the sparkling water cuts the alcohol content, so this drink feels more thirst-quenching than a classic cocktail.

Whenever I serve Prosecco and elderflower spritzers, people happily exclaim their delight over a beverage they didn’t expect. It’s delicious for brunch, a late afternoon uplift, and as an apéritif opener before dinner.

Here’s how to make Prosecco and Elderflower Spritzers

It’s easy to remember–one part Prosecco, one half-part St-Germain, and one part sparkling water.

  1. Fill a tall glass (Affiliate link.) with ice.

  2. Pour in about 3 ounces of Prosecco, about 1/3 cup. When the Prosecco settles, it should fill at least half way up the ice.

  3. Top off each glass with sparkling water. Decorate with mint and lime.

Prosecco and Elderflower Spritzer ingredient details:

  • Choose a dry Italian sparkling wine. I like the brand Adami Prosecco.
  • Robbie drinks lime-essence La Croix sparkling mineral water every day. It’s always in our fridge, so that’s what I use. If you prefer, make yours with Pellegrino sparkling water. (Affiliate link) Or use another bubbly water, even soda water.
St-Germain elderflowr liqueur for Prosecco and Elderflower Spritzer | Letty's Kitchen

About St-Germain elderflower liqueur:

Made in an artisanal manner–each bottle numbered to show the year the fragrant starry white elderflowers were gathered–St-Germain liqueur can be pricey. Considering its floral aroma stays at least a year and you get about 17 St-Germain elderflower spritzers from one bottle, for me it’s a value.

Prosecco and Elderflower Spritzer with Chloe the dog

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    I happened to have some St. Germain on hand so made these spritzers for girlfriends on our walk down Main for the Art Fest. I don’t know if prosecco holds ice longer but our hands were sure cold. So light and refreshing. Reply · 15 August, 2016

    • Hey thanks Kathryn. I just had a couple of the spritzers with girlfriends last night! They are soooo good. Reply · 16 August, 2016

  • Ingrid

    Love this drink! Very popular in Austria and Northern Italy. I believe it was born there bc elderflowers and Prosecco grapes grow in abundance there! I think I will make myself one now with homemade elderberry syrup, Prosecco, mineral water, lime and mint leaves! Cheers ????:) Reply · 13 July, 2017

    • Oh boy does yours sound delicious too–with homemade elderberry syrup! Reply · 18 July, 2017

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