Blood Orange and Prosecco Cocktail

A coupe glass filled with blood orange prosecco cocktail on a small tray.

This blood blood orange and Prosecco cocktail is quite the lovely way to commence a romantic dinner for two, promises author Anne Stiles Quatrano. The drink, which she dubbed “My Bloody Valentine,” is a simple concoction of blood orange nectar, Prosecco, and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. As she explains, the acidity of the blood orange nectar contrasts spectacularly with the sweet elderflower liqueur, so that the resulting drink “has a slight floral taste, but no cloying sweetness.” She tends to serve this in an old-fashioned Champagne coupe, also known as a Marie Antoinette glass—legend has it the vessel was designed after the shape of the ill-fated French queen’s bosom—but a flute would work just as well.–Renee Schettler Rossi

LC Plenty For Seconds Note

You may initially find yourself aghast at just how much blood orange nectar this recipe makes. That is to say, it makes a heck of a lot more than you’ll need for just 2 cocktails. But before you pass judgment on the soundness of our logic in not scaling down the nectar recipe, take a taste of it gussied up with some Prosecco and elderflower liqueur from the good folks at St. Germain. We think you’ll understand our rationale the moment you partake of this effervescent elixir. And it’d be a damn shame to not have enough for seconds. Or threesies. Oops. We mean thirds. As in refills. Really. Hiccup.

Blood Orange and Prosecco Cocktail

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  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • Makes 2 cocktails
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Special Equipment: Cocktail shaker

Ingredients

  • For the blood orange nectar
  • For the cocktail

Directions

Make 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.

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.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This blood orange and Prosecco cocktail was fun to make, pretty, and festive to serve. I didn't find blood oranges, so I made the nectar from pink-fleshed Cava Cava oranges. My tasters loved the flavors of the cocktail but thought it was a tad on the sweet side, so for our second glass, we halved the nectar and liqueur. I will make this again for a special brunch.

Stunner of a cocktail! The sweet yet slightly bitter flavor from the blood orange nectar perfectly complemented the dry Prosecco in this cocktail. The blood orange nectar was easy enough to make, although I only made half the recipe. I served this in Champagne flutes on New Year's Eve and it was a hit. I love anything with St. Germain, so I knew this recipe would be a keeper. Cheers!

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Comments

  1. Made this last night, sort of. No prosecco in the wine caller so it was champagne. No St Germain available but apparently it is on the list at LCBO for $49.95. So I used Chambord which I had on hand. Delicious! Will get the St Germain ASAP and try again. Not sure I would shake with the bubbly next time as I like the bubbles and they are lost when you shake.

    1. Really? In my waiter days, we called plain ole orange juice and champagne a mimosa. We never had blood orange juice back then! BTW, LOVE the name of your blog!

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