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I love a crisp delicious cocktail and having one at the end of a long workday makes it even more enjoyable. After a long day of work or running about in the hot outdoors, you deserve a break. This Sparkling Blackberry Cocktail can be served virgin or with alcohol and is perfect for lounging by the pool, relaxing in front of the telly, or curled up with a book. You could even whip up a batch for a romantic evening with your loved one

Sparkling Blackberry Basil Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 large fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 3 T. fresh basil, torn
  • ¼ c. honey, preferably local
  • ¼ c. water
  • 4 oz. Elderflower liqueur (optional)
  • 1 750 ml bottle Prosecco, chilled

Garnish: (optional)

  • Fresh blackberries
  • Sprigs of fresh basil

The greatest thing about enjoying this cocktail is, not only do you enjoy a delicious relaxing drink, but you also get to enjoy the benefits of blackberries. Blackberries are known for their many health benefits which include the fact that they are packed with vitamins C, are a high source of vitamin K, manganese, and fiber, but are also good for the brain and oral health.

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Adding basil not only provides flavor but also enhances the drink. Basil has been shown to boost your body’s health in a variety of ways. Along with providing Vitamins A, K, and Manganese, it can help protect against infection, lower your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol, ease joint pain, and protect your stomach.

Who would have thunk there were so many benefits to a simple cocktail? So next time you feel like having a cocktail maybe you should try this Blackberry Basil Cocktail. The perfect addition to a dinner menu or just for some alone time with that special someone

Sparkling Blackberry Basil Cocktail

Sparkling Blackberry Basil Cocktail

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Lounge by the pool with ths delicious Sparkiling Blackberry Cocktail. You deserve a break.

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 8-10 large fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 3 T. fresh basil, torn
  • ¼ c. honey, preferably local
  • ¼ c. water
  • 4 oz. Elderflower liqueur (optional)
  • 1 750 ml bottle Prosecco, chilled
  • Garnish: (optional)
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Sprigs of fresh basil

Instructions

Add the blackberries, basil, honey, and water to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture is heated through and starts to thicken, approximately 4-5 minutes. Gently press on blackberries while heating to release juices.

Remove from heat and strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove solids. Reserve remaining liquid and set aside to cool.

If using, divide the Elderflower liqueur among four 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!  

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