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
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 25 M
- Makes 2 cocktails
Special Equipment: Cocktail shaker
- For the blood orange nectar
- 2 cups fresh blood orange juice (from 8 blood oranges)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups cold water
- For the cocktail
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) blood orange nectar
- 1 to 2 ounces (1/8 to 1/4 cup) St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) Prosecco
- Make the blood orange nectar
- 1. 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.
- 2. 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
- 3. 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.