As summer starts winding down, it’s time to take advantage of the remaining warm summer nights with a cold glass of Prosecco. (Not to mention, National Prosecco Day is this Sunday, August 13!) This refreshing, bubbly is delicious alone, but we looked to our friend Jacqueline Strum, founder of wine and spirits registry ThirstyNest to provide some quick and easy Prosecco cocktails to whip up!
Sangria Verde with Melon Cucumber Mint Basil
Recipe via the Bojon Gourmet
1/4 cup organic blonde cane sugar
1/4 cup boiling water
3/4 cup cubed green melon
1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumber
1/2 cup halved green table grapes
1 lime, thinly sliced
juice of 1 lime
2 sprigs mint, plus some pretty leaves for garnish
2 sprigs basil, plus some pretty leaves for garnish
1 (750mL) bottle Vinho Verde (or dry white or sparkling wine such as Prosecco), chilled
1/2 cup white rum
In a small, heat-proof jar or bowl, stir together the sugar and boiling water to dissolve the sugar.
In a large vessel, such as a 2-quart mason jar, pitcher, or punch bowl, combine the cucumber, melon, grapes, lime slices, lime juice, mint, and basil. Pour in the Vinho Verde, rum, and simple syrup. Stir gently to combine, then cover and chill for at least 30 minutes or up to several hours.
To serve, fill tall glasses with ice. Pour in sangrìa and spoon in some of the fruity bits. Top off each glass with a spritz of fizzy water and some pretty mint and basil leaves to garnish, and serve.