Strawberry - Rosemary Spritz
Strawberries are beginning to appear at our local farm markets, so naturally we started to think about creative ways to use them in a cocktail (no resorting to a daiquiri or strawberry margarita!) The rosemary in our garden is doing well, so we thought that nice herbal fragrance would pair well with the strawberry in a variation of the Aperol Spritz.
We did a bit of experimenting...... and a few drinks later we were torn between using Aperol and it's more bitter cousin, Campari. it really comes down to personal preference. If you like a sweeter cocktail go with Aperol, but one of us is more partial to the version with Campari so that's what we have here.
This is a nice refreshing pre-dinner cocktail - especially as the days get warmer. It's the kind of thing you should be drinking on the patio (or a piazza in Italy). So mix up a pitcher of these, put on the Sinatra music and relax - it's summer!
Strawberry - Rosemary Spritz1 large or 2 small ripe strawberries
wedge of lime
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 1/2 oz. Campari (or Aperol)
3 oz. Prosecco
splash of club soda
Muddle the leaves from one sprig of rosemary with a squeeze of lime and the strawberry in a glass. Add the Campari (or Aperol), stir and then strain into a wine glass. Add the Prosecco, a splash of club soda and stir. Add ice cubes, garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a strawberry. Enjoy!