Rosemary Peach Sparkling Cocktail for #BloggerClue!

So… it’s our second installment of the Blogger C.L.U.E. Society and I have to say that I am so very excited to announce who I was assigned to stalk….. Stacy from Food Lust People Love!! 

Our January theme was “Sparkly,” so the idea is to scour the blog you are assigned for something that fits the theme and make it – whatever you choose! I wish luck to the person that was assigned my blog, I don’t know how much in the way of “sparkly” recipes I have had on my blog over the years… LOL, something to add to recipe ideas!

Anyways, I have been working on cocktails lately and photographing them (way harder than it looks by the way!) so I felt like finding a cocktail would really fit the theme and my personal blog goals well! Lucky me, I found Stacy’s recipe for Rosemary Nectarine Sparkling Cocktail from last June!

Spoiler alert? I totally made Mei & Emily a virgin version of this cocktail since Mei has an unnatural love of rosemary… she picks sprigs of it and chews the life out of ’em, and they both loved it!

We loved it too! I used a really lovely champagne, that I can’t really pronounce and it was really good! The next day, we made it with a sauterne and it was even better. It is really the alcohol that I have to recommend to make this particular cocktail with it. And I should warn you, since the sauterne is a sweeter, dessert-type wine, it will be STRONG. So make a double and nurse it! Or at least, that’s what I did!

The rosemary simple syrup will also change your life. Im not quite sure what I should do with the rest of it quite yet, but it will be…. something… its such a surprise! I thought the rosemary flavor would be too bitter or too overpowering, like rose flavor can be, but this was simply perfect! Just enough of it and with a little rosemary sprig to garnish with, the smell of it was just enough to be very pleasant and bring out the flavor even more!

Emily got to choose the fruit, we went with frozen since I wanted to use the nectarines but Emily truly loves peaches and when she saw the bag of peaches, we were pretty much committed to them! Really, you can use whatever summer fruit you like I think, that would pair with rosemary and something sparkling!

I can definitively say that this will be appearing at our next adult party in a pitcher made with a sauterne…. and that you should try it too!

INGREDIENTS:                          yields: more cocktails than should be consumed in one evening… 

For the Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 4 sprigs of Rosemary
  • 1 C Granulated Sugar
  • 1 C Water

For the Peach Puree

  • 2 C Peach slices, thawed if from frozen
  • 2 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice

For the Cocktail (yields several cocktails)

  • 1-1/4 C of Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • 2 C Peach Puree
  • 1 Bottle (750ml) of Sparkling Wine, Champagne or Sauterne (not sparkling)
  • Additional Rosemary sprigs for garnish (optional)
  • Additional whole, Peach slices for garnish (optional)

To make the Rosemary Simple Syrup, get out a small saucepan and add the sugar, water and rosemary to it. Bring it to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved and cook for a few minutes at a boil, approximately 3 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat and cool completely to room temperature. Once it has come to room temperature, discard the rosemary and strain it (if necessary) through a sieve into clean jar. Store in the fridge for weeks and/or use immediately.

Once the syrup has cooled to room temperature, you can make the cocktail immediately, but I enjoyed the cocktail better once the syrup had been chilled.

To make the Peach Puree (suggested to make it ahead of time and chill as well, although it can be prepared just before pouring if you like), cut the fruit into smaller chunks and mash until smooth or process in food processor until there are no more chunks. Add the lemon juice, starting with one teaspoon just to bring out the natural flavor of the fruit, or more if you like it a little tart or find that it just needs more lemon juice.

To make the cocktail, Add 1-2 tsp of peach puree and 2 TBS of Rosemary Simple Syrup to each glass. Fill the glass with chilled champagne, sparkling wine or sauterne of your choice, garnish with an extra, whole slice of peach and a small sprig of rosemary then serve immediately.

Here are the rest of the Blogger C.L.U.E. Society posts from today, be sure to check out all the sparkly things we made!

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