This Elderflower Prosecco Cocktail is perfect for the festive holiday season. It tastes floral, bubbly, light AND looks impressive for any type of holiday gathering. It’s topped with sugared cranberries and a sugar rim to make it a stunning hit for celebrating the end of the year and the start of a new!
Making this Holiday Elderflower Prosecco Cocktail is easy! It has vodka, elderflower liquor, and is topped off with prosecco. Due to being predominantly prosecco, this cocktail does not taste strongly of alcohol. Instead, the elderflower enhances the lightness of the prosecco.
If you’ve never had elderflower liquor, I’d say it tastes light but floral, so there’s a hint of that in the cocktail! Its festive look and taste make it a wonderful treat for holiday entertaining, a Christmas Eve dinner, or even for ringing in the New Year!
How to garnish a holiday drink
My Holiday Elderflower Prosecco Cocktail is garnished with a simple sugar rim and sugared cranberries. It of course can be served straight up in a champagne flute, however, for the full dramatic and festive flare, be sure to garnish!
I find garnishing is the most important step – people eat and drink with their eyes first, and these garnishes remind everyone that it is for sure a classy, festive celebration!
how to make Sugared Cranberries for drinks
To garnish this festive Holiday Elderflower Prosecco Cocktail, I added 3 sugared cranberries to each champagne flute. To do this, make a simple syrup of 1:1 water:sugar, and once cooled slightly, allow cranberries to soak in the sugar water for a few minutes. Remove from simple syrup and roll in a bowl of sugar and place on a plate.
I then carefully spike the sugared cranberries with a toothpick. If you remove some of the sugar in the process, simply hold the toothpick over the bowl of sugar and do another round of sugaring.
how to make a sugar rim for a cocktail
For this Holiday Elderflower Prosecco Cocktail, I added a simple sugar rim. This both makes the cocktail glass look all the more festive, but it also enhances the more floral flavor of the elderflower liquor. To do this, I dipped champagne flutes in water, then dipped directly into a bowl of sugar, removed and placed ready for the cocktail!