This delicious Prosecco Cocktail is made with a blackberry and basil simple syrup and elderflower liqueur. Enjoy it on a bright and sunny autumn afternoon, maybe even using blackberries from your own garden! Or how about serving this fizzy cocktail at a fall brunch? While it may seem to sing with summer ingredients, blackberry season (in the UK at least) lasts into autumn, and so, therefore, I dub this a delightful fall cocktail!
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This cocktail is of course made with prosecco – however, you could use any sparkling wine that you like. Similarly, it can be made into a non-alcoholic version by using carbonated soft beverages (but more on the variations that I have for this prosecco cocktail later).
Let’s dive right into what you need to make this drink – full measures are in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
Ingredients used in this cocktail
- large fresh or frozen blackberries
- fresh basil
- Elderflower liqueur (optional)
- blackberries and basil leaves to garnish
Elderflowers are abundant in the UK found in woodlands and hedgerows. They grow on the elder tree and flat-topped clusters of tiny, creamy-white flowers appear in June. The flowers and berries are the only edible part of the plant. The fragrant flowers are famously made into elderflower cordial (a soft drink) or into liqueur and can be used in a range of recipes.
Prosecco is an Italian wine, which can be sparkling, semi-sparkling, or still. Use the sparkling kind for this cocktail! The name Prosecco is derived from the Italian village of Prosecco near Trieste, where the grape and the wine may have originated.
How to make a simple syrup
The base of this cocktail is a flavoured simple syrup. The clue is in the name because it is really simple to make!
You would usually place equal measures of sugar and water in a pan, and stir over medium heat. By the time it starts to simmer, the sugar is dissolved, and that’s it! You can then add flavourings like herbs, spices, edible flowers, and fruit.
However, the simple syrup in this cocktail recipe is made with honey (buy local if you can), and that is mixed with the blackberries, basil, and water and simmered for a few minutes until it thickens. The syrup is strained and cooled and is then ready to be used. Still a very simple method!
How to make this Prosecco Cocktail
If using elderflower liqueur, pour a measure into a flute glass and a drizzle of the cooled blackberry simple syrup. Top up with prosecco and garnish with fresh blackberries and a sprig of basil – easy to make, and delicious to drink!
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Make It An Italian Meal!
The beverage is covered, but what about other dishes to make this recipe into a full meal? Since prosecco is an Italian wine, and basil is used in a lot of Italian recipes, I’ve gone with an Italian theme – here are my suggestions.
- Appetizer: Balsamic Mozzarella Stuffed Grape Tomatoes
- Main Dish: One-Pan Chicken Cacciatore – Italian Hunter’s Stew
- Side Salad: Giant Couscous Antipasti Salad
- Side Salad: Pesto, Orzo & Cannellini Bean Salad
- Dessert: Tiramisu – With A Twist!
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This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
- 10 large fresh or frozen blackberries
- 3 Tbsp fresh basil, torn
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup water
- 4 oz elderflower liqueur (optional)
- 1 (750 ml) bottle Prosecco, chilled
- Fresh blackberries (to garnish)
- Sprigs of fresh basil (to garnish)
- Add the blackberries, basil, honey, and water to a small saucepan on medium heat. Simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is heated through and starts to thicken. Gently press on blackberries while heating to release juices.
- Remove from heat and strain mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove solids. Reserve the remaining liquid and set aside to cool.
- If using, divide the elderflower liqueur among four (or six) champagne flutes, along with a drizzle of the blackberry simple syrup. Finish by topping off each glass with some chilled Prosecco.
- Garnish each glass with 2-3 fresh blackberries and a sprig of fresh basil, if desired, before serving. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 7mg Carbohydrates: 22g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 19g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
Sparkling Blackberry Prosecco Cocktail Variations
You know I love to give variations for the cocktail recipes I share on my blog, so here are a
Virgin Sparkling Blackberry Basil Mocktail
So that non-drinkers and kids can enjoy this drink you can replace the Prosecco with a carbonated soft beverage such as soda water, sparkling water, seltzer, lemon-lime soda (Sprite, 7-Up), Indian tonic water, or fizzy lemonade.
You can replace the elderflower liqueur with elderflower syrup, or leave it out altogether. Or you could try elderflower cordial instead, especially as there will be sweetness from the blackberry simple syrup.
Experiment With Other Herbs
There are a few other herbs that go well with blackberries, and you could try experiment with them when making the simple syrup. Try rosemary, mint, or thyme. You could also try using spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, or nutmeg.
Serving a Crowd
Making this cocktail to serve a crowd of people (like at a brunch, it makes a great alternative to mimosas!) is really easy. The recipe itself serves 4-6 people, so simply double, triple, or even more of the original recipe to have enough of this cocktail to go around.This delicious Prosecco Cocktail is made with a blackberry and basil simple syrup and elderflower liqueur. Enjoy it on a bright and sunny autumn afternoon, maybe even using blackberries from your own garden! #Prosecco #Cocktailsa