This Jolly Holly Cocktail – made with a rosemary-infused cranberry simple syrup and prosecco – is the perfect holiday party drink!
IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!
It’s holiday party season! Woot woooooot! 🎉
You just can’t beat being surrounded by great friends, great food, tasty cocktails, and holiday merriment. Am I right?! I might literally be bouncing up and down in my chair right now thinking about all of the holiday FUN that is about to happen over the next few weeks! #holidaynerd
Over this past year, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know 4 of the sweetest ladies EVER over the interwebs. While we all chatted about how fun it would be to get together for a holiday party, many miles (and oceans!) separate us. So, we thought: why not throw a little virtual holiday dinner party instead? AND, this way, you get to join us too!
HOORAY! Holiday fun for everyone!
Cate (Chez Catey Lou) is bringing the appetizer – Parmesan Cheese Toast with Brown Sugar Bacon (!!!), Amy (Thoroughly Nourished Life) is bringing the side – a delicious Kale, Apple, and Wild Rice Salad, Lynn (Fresh April Flours) is making the main dish – Baked Ziti! YUM!, and Jessica (Sweetest Menu) is baking up a sweet treat – Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cupcakes!
This is going to be one epic holiday dinner party!!!
Of course, I jumped at the chance to “bring” the cocktails. While I may not be a certified mixologist by any means, there are few things I love more than a festive cocktail. (I mean, I did dedicate MONTHS of my life to perfecting a pineapple mojito….)
These Jolly Holly Cocktails are the ultimate festive drink. Just look at the wonderful red cranberry simple syrup and the adorable green sprig of “holly” (aka rosemary)! Christmas PERFECTION 👌
This recipe was introduced to me by a dear colleague, at – you guessed it – a holiday party! She’s pretty much the master of delicious foods and drinks, so it was no surprise to me that I was absolutely hooked after one sip of this drink. It’s sweet but not too sweet, has the most light, lovely hint of rosemary, a bit of a bite from the cranberry, and BUBBLES! No holiday cocktail is quite right without bubbles, in my [prosecco obsessed] opinion.
And lucky for
me all of us, she looooves spreading holiday cheer, too, and happily gave me a breakdown of the recipe! HOLIDAY WIN!
With just a little bit of prep ahead, you can whip up these cocktails in about 3 seconds flat. Yes – adorable, festive cocktails with little to no effort come party time. Oh heeeeeey hostess with the mostest!
The night before (or morning of) your party, all you’ll need to do is make an easy rosemary-infused cranberry simple syrup. Sounds complicated, but it’s a cinch! You basically just make a standard simple syrup, but add some cranberries into the mix, and then infuse it with rosemary for a quick 5 minutes as it cools. Easy as that!
Then come party time, you just add the simple syrup to the bottom of the glass (which you can definitely do ahead of time!) and then pour prosecco over top, and add in a little sprig of rosemary. If you want to get extra fancy (no holiday party is complete without SPARKLES, am I right?!) add some sugar crystals to the rim of the glass.
A little tip from my friend? Make sure you pour the prosecco into the glass over a spoon, so it doesn’t disturb the cranberry simple syrup below! This will give you the adorable layers in the drink, and will allow the sprigs of rosemary to really shine through.
When it’s time to sip on the drink, just use the sprig of rosemary as a stirrer!
CHEERS to a wonderful holiday season, filled with love, laughter, and LOTS of Jolly Hollys.
- ROSEMARY-INFUSED CRANBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- ¾ cup rosemary-infused simple syrup
- 1 bottle prosecco
- 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
- In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, and cranberries, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce to a simmer while continuing to stir, until all of the cranberries have popped. Remove the simple syrup from the heat, and add the sprigs of rosemary. Let the rosemary infuse for 5 minutes, remove from the simple syrup and discard.
- Once the simple syrup has cooled, strain the cranberry chunks from the simple syrup and refrigerate.
- To make the cocktails, pour 2 Tablespoons of rosemary-infused simple syrup to the bottom of a champagne glass. Pour prosecco over a spoon into the glass. Add a rosemary sprig to the glass, serve, and enjoy!
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