Fireworks have been and gone, Halloween has frightened us for the final time this year and the lead up to Christmas begins, with sparkling lights, marshmallow toasting, mulled wine and pavements strewn with crisp golden leaves.
Now that the clock has turned back, a spiced alcoholic beverage seems to be the perfect evening treat as these short days dwindle to a close.
Here’s a recipe for the Harvest Sparkle – this months cocktail of choice.
For the cider honey syrup:
½ cup honey
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup orange juice
1 ounce whiskey or bourbon
For the Cocktail;
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cider honey syrup
1 ounce prosecco, champagne, or sparkling white wine (or enough to top off the glass)
½ sprig of rosemary
In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk the honey, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and orange juice together until it starts to bubble. Remove from heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.
In a pitcher or shaker, mix the honey syrup and whiskey together with a good amount of ice so that it is completely chilled. Strain into a different pitcher or serving glass. (Note: be careful not to let the honey and whiskey mixture sit in the ice for too long so that it doesn’t get watered down.)
Just before serving, add prosecco to top off the glass and garnish with a ½ sprig of rosemary.
Recipe via Fed & Fit