Ingredients

For Glass Rim:

3 tablespoons super fine sugar
2 tablespoons of morello cherry juice

For Cocktail:

3-5 ounces of Prosecco
2 tablespoons of morello cherry juice
1 whole confectioners sugar cube

Directions

1. Dip the rim of the glass or flute in the cherry juice. Then dip it in the super fine sugar to create a garnish on top of the glass.
2. Fill the glass with 3-5 ounces of Prosecco.
3. Add in 2 tablespoons of cherry juice to the glass.
4. Dip a sugar cube in the cherry juice until it absorbs the liquid.
5. Place the sugar cube in the glass right before serving.

Recipe Courtesy of Heather Atwood, 2013

Luckily for all of us, Heather Atwood accidentally developed this delicious drink, while browsing the grocery store isles. Her inspiration were Morello cherries. Atwood’s recipe for a rose-colored mimosa or cherry prosecco cocktail is a unique and delicious refreshment. A combination of sparkling wine, cherry juice and sugar, it has a perfect flavor. Instead of Champagne, Prosecco is used, and in place of orange juice, morello cherry juice.

Prosecco is the name of Italy's delightful sparkling wine and the name of the white grape that is used to produce this wine. Prosecco grapes originate from the Veneto region, in the northeast of Italy. Morello cherries differ from regular cherries in that they are more tart and that they are much higher in beta carotene and generally more nutritious than sweet cherries. Beta carotene is linked with cancer prevention.

The morello cherries in this drink create a certain tartness that is balanced by the sugar that is added to the glass as well as garnished on the rim. The sugar cubes that are placed in the glass have been dipped in the cherry juice for some additional flavor. Perfect for a special day or an alternative to mimosa, this beverage is simple and elegant. “This is a drink you can have anytime of year,” Atwood explains.

Cherry Prosecco Cocktail
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