Winter Sparkler

It is not unusual for me to be scrambling before a holiday – also not unusual to be scrambling to write up a recipe for the blog.  But, the two, during an especially busy holiday season, is dreadful!  I am going to keep my intro short this time.

I really wanted to serve a second cocktail at my party.  Something with gin and prosecco – but gin is good and prosecco is festive.  For a different twist, I wanted to add rosemary simple syrup, which I have used with great success before.  Of course, I found this recipe for the Rosemary Gin Fizz – and it made a wonderful drink.  But, both my husband and I agreed, it was missing something.  That something was elderflower liqueur.  I was really hesitant to add elderflower – I feel like this cocktail has been done before (though I can’t immediately find a recipe for it, but the flavor certainly isn’t too novel).  I decided no matter what, even if I was re-inventing the wheel, I would go with it for the sake of offering a good drink.  And, until I discover it has another name, it will be the Winter Sparkler.  

First you’ll need to make the rosemary simple syrup.

Rosemary Simple Syrup

Credit: All Recipes


-1 cup water

-1 cup sugar

-¼ cup fresh rosemary leaves


1.Put all ingredients into a small saucepan.

2.Heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.  Bring mixture to a boil, making sure sugar has completely dissolved.

3.Allow mixture to simmer for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

4.Strain syrup through a mesh strainer into a glass container with an airtight lid (canning jar).

5.Store in a cool, dry place.


Winter Sparkler

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy-medium
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Credit: A Cup of Jo


-1 oz gin

-1 oz rosemary simple syrup

-½ oz lemon juice

-½ oz elderflower liqueur (St. Germain)

-3 ½ oz prosecco, chilled

-sprig of rosemary for garnish, if desired


1.Put gin, rosemary simple syrup, lemon juice, and elderflower liqueur into a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake and strain into a coupe (or other cocktail glass).

2.Top with prosecco.

3.Garnish with sprig of rosemary, if desired.

Winter Sparkler - Pitcher Cocktail

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit:A Cup of Jo


-1 cup gin

-1 cup rosemary simple syrup

-½ cup lemon juice

-½ cup elderflower liqueur

-1 750ml bottle prosecco, chilled


1.Put gin, rosemary simple syrup, lemon juice, and elderflower liqueur into a large pitcher.  Stir.

2.Add prosecco and give another gentle stir.


You needn’t use fancy gin for this recipe.  I made it with Beefeater and Tanqueray and it was fantastic. (I generally prefer more floral/botanical gins…and find others to be a little harsh.  The rosemary syrup and elderflower liqueur really help to soften any harshness.)  The overall feedback about this drink, especially from those who really never liked gin, was very positive!  I made six pitchers of this and there wasn’t one drop left.  Once you make the syrup, it is an easy cocktail to prepare, whether you are making one serving or one pitcher.  And while I’ve given it a festive name, it could definitely be prepared year ‘round.  Cheers!  And, Happy Holidays!!


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