Living in Georgia you end up feeling slightly like a crazy person. One week the weather is cold and you’re starting to unpack your sweaters from the year prior and then the next week it’s so hot you contemplate why anyone ever thought it was a good idea to make jeans- #skirtsorbust. I really wanted to swear off white wine for the season and opt for my go to reds, but Summer is still beating her hot head down on us so I’m still buying white wines and rosés. Therefore, I’m using it as an excuse to make two seasonal prosecco cocktails full of Autumnal flavors. Take THAT crazy Georgia weather, I’ve found a loophole.
However regardless of the erratic weather, if there is one thing that I love about the changing seasons it’s being able to buy seasonal produce from the grocery store. The last of our summer muscadines are gone and the stone fruits and citruses are taking center stage. On my last trip to the store, I picked up a bunch of fresh Fall herbs for my Fall roasted chicken and started pondering ways to use the leftover herbs for some other concoction.
So a thyme simple syrup and a sage simple syrup were born. Don’t let the herb-infused sweetener intimidate you. If you can make regular simple syrup (one part water to one part sugar, dissolved in a saucepan over high heat), you can make it herby by popping in your herbs to the sugar mixture once you’ve removed it from the heat, and then let it steep for 30 minutes. Fish the herbs out and add to all manner of concoctions. Specifically your new favorite white wine fall cocktail with Luna Nuda’s Prosecco.
I love having chilled prosecco on hand to whip out on any notice. The mild and bright flavors of this prosecco are the perfect base for my Fall cocktail inspiration and I wanted to enhance its floral flavor notes with citrus, stone fruit and Autumnal herbs to really make this bubbly cocktail pop. I really had intended only to make one Fall inspired cocktail but when I couldn’t decide between the plum and grapefruit, I knew I would have to make both. For the Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash, you will need plums, thyme simple syrup, Luna Nuda Prosecco and thyme for garnish. For the Grapefruit and Sage Fizz, you will need one large grapefruit, sage simple syrup, prosecco and sage for garnish. Click on the photos below to take you to the recipes!
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