No. 133 & 134: St. Germain Fizz & Blood Orange-Prosecco Cocktails

My poor friend, Nicole. I've been meaning to meet up with her for weeks. First it was friends in town, then Easter ... I've been stringing this poor girl along for too long.

Luckily, we're friends, so she still loves me.

Nicole and I

(Nicole and I dressed in practically the same outfit at Round Pond Estate.)

This weekend we finally found time for an afternoon at the pool with other good friends. We were all in need of gossip, laughs, a bit more gossip, and some sun.

My contribution to this fun was all the makings for terrific poolside cocktails.

St. Germain Fizz

We started off the sunny afternoon with this Community Pick recipe from Food52.

Ingredients

Serves 1
1/4 cup St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/4 cup Prosecco
1/4 cup Club Soda
5 muddled mint leaves
Juice of one lime

To make

Muddle mint in a tall glass. Add all of the ingredients. Fill half the glass with crushed ice to help make it easy to stir.

Fill the glass with more crushed ice and stir again. Garnish with lime wedge.

Blood Orange & Prosecco Cocktail

Ingredients

For the blood orange nectar
2 cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups cold water

*Instead of nectar, I used the incredible blood orange syrup from Round Pound Estate.

For the cocktail
1/4 cup blood orange nectar
1/8 to 1/4 cup St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1/2 cup Prosecco

To make

Begin by making the blood orange nectar. Stir together the orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Let the nectar cool slightly, then strain it through a fine-mesh strainer into a 1-quart glass jar or other container with a lid. Let cool. Cover and refrigerate for at least a few hours and up to 2 weeks.

To make the cocktail combine the blood orange nectar, St. Germain, and Prosecco in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into 2 chilled coupe glasses or flutes.

The results

Ah, St. Germain. My love affair continues.

Both of these are excellent cocktails for sipping by the pool or a leisurely visit on the patio. They would also be delightful additions to your Mother's Day brunch or a garden party.

Sadly, I have no pictures. We were poolside. Some privacy must be maintained.

But make these this summer. You won't regret it!

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