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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 the most refreshing cocktail you’ll sip all summer. Promise.

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

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.

St-Germain liqueur is heavier than Prosecco, so it gradually floats to the bottom of the glass, on the way down adding golden exotic 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.

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Whenever I serve this Prosecco and elderflower spritzer, 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 the recipe: Fill a tall glass with ice. 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. Then pour in 1½ ounces, 3 tablespoons, of St-Germain liqueur. Top off each glass with sparkling water. It’s easy to remember–one part Prosecco, one half-part St-Germain, and one part sparkling water. Decorate with mint and lime.

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Prosecco and Elderflower Spritzer details and notes:

  • 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 or another bubbly water, and even soda water.

St-Germain for Prosecco and Elderflower Spritzer | Letty's Kitchen

  • 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. But counting on 17 St-Germain elderflower spritzers from one bottle, and its floral aroma staying at least a year, for me it’s a value.
  • When I was pastry chef there, Deer Valley won the local cocktail competition with this simple combination, and I fell in love at first sip. It’s a DV signature cocktail still—a winner you’ll find at Royal Street Café.

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Prosecco and Elderflower Spritzer | Letty's Kitchen
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Prosecco and Elderflower Spritzer
Prep Time
4 mins
Total Time
4 mins
 
Surprise your friends with this delicious refreshing cocktail. This recipe makes one cocktail. For more than one, just line up as many ice-filled glasses as you need and fill with the liquids in the same order.
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces Prosecco--Italian sparkling wine
  • 1 ½ ounces St-Gemain liqueur
  • About 3 ounces sparkling mineral water (see note)
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime and fresh mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Fill a tall “Collins” glass with ice. Pour Prosecco over the ice, followed by the St. Germain liqueur. Top off the glass with sparking mineral water. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and a slice or wedge of lime.
Recipe Notes
  • For its dry pleasing drinkability, I chose Adami brand Prosecco.
  • I used La Croix mineral water. If you prefer, make yours with Pellegrino or another bubbly mineral water, and even soda water.

5 comments

  • KATHRYN DECKERT DECKERT

    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

  • […] your party with a light cocktail, these Prosecco and Elderflower Spritzers. Serve with dry rosé wine and an assortment of brew […] Reply · 19 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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