Monday, June 1, 2015

Pomegranate-Passion Sparklers: What’s the secret ingredient? Tea!


Prosecco Passion Sparkler

Prosecco Passion Sparkler

I’m wrapping up my 3-part series on tea cocktails with some bubbles! (Find an Earl Grey-infused sipper here and a kicky Ginger Tea Cooler here.) This time, I wanted to do something bright and fruity, and these Prosecco Passion Sparklers really hit the spot. I love this drink as an aperitivo—it’s simple to make and can be prepped waaaaay ahead. Serve this right before (or with) a starter like prosciutto and melon  or as a sip before serving a crab cake dinner.

Here how to make this tasty drink:

steeping tea

I used Tazo Passion tea bags. Pull the little tag and string off before steeping.

Steep the tea bags

Steep the Tea Bags

Steep the tea until the mixture fully cooled to get the most flavor. Because its an herbal infusion—not black tea—you don’t have to worry about it becoming bitter

Passion Tea Syrup

After straining, you’ll have a ruby-red syrup with the flavor and scents of passion fruit and hibiscus.

Put it together with some prosecco or sparkling wine and done!

prosecco passionfruit tea

Mix and match glassware are kinda cool – and unfussy. Add a bit of bright citrus with a lemon twist. Serve this drink by the glass or batch it to serve a crowd.

Passionate Prosecco Sparklers

1          cup water

1/2     cup sugar

3          passion fruit tea bags, such as Tazo Passion

1          750ml bottle chilled prosecco

Lemon twists

  1. Combine water, sugar and tea bags in a small pot over medium high heat. Bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and let steep until liquid cools to room temperature. Squeeze liquid form tea bags; discard tea bags.
  2. Pour 4 teaspoons passion syrup into a small glass, top with 1/2 cup prosecco. Garnish with a lemon twist. (Alternatively combine syrup and prosecco in a pitcher to make by the batch)

Serve 12 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

CALORIES 152; FAT 0g (sat 0g, mono 0g, poly 0g); PROTEIN 0g; CARB 19g; FIBER 0g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 0mg; SODIUM 1mg; CALC 3mg

Now this syrup has a cocktail life of its own: stir a teaspoon or two into a vodka and lemonade cocktail to add an extra layer of flavor. Or use it to mix up a mojito—the mint and bright sugar will be delicious with light rum, or you can just pair it with sparkling water and a wedge of lemon for a refreshing thirst quencher.






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