Spanish Bellini

I am personally a fan of bubbly cocktails; the Spanish Bellini with Cherry, Saffron and Tequila is a complex, floral, smokey, sweet, delicious, sparkly beverage Mmmm…..

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Cherries remind me of where I grew up; eating them until your teeth and lips were stained dark red!  Cherries are so good with bourbon or a anejo tequila which is what i chose for this bubbly cocktail. SpanishBellini

 I love cooking fresh fruit with a little sugar, water and spices to get a yummy syrup for mixing with drinks it’s fun and gives you a chance to be creative.  Try these delicious cocktails with a Spanish Style Cheese Board.

Recipe:                                                                                                             

  • 1oz El Tosoro Anejo Tequila
  • 1oz* Cherry Saffron Syrup
  • 4oz Prosecco

 Profile:  Original/Smokey Sweet

Glass: Champagne Flute

Garnish:  No garnish necessary but if you want one I recommend an orange twist

Instructions: 

Add Tequila, Cherry Saffron Syrup to a mixing glass, add ice and shake for 8 seconds.  Pour into champagne flute and add the Prosecco slowly so it doesn’t bubble over.

*Cherry Saffron Syrup

  • 1 Cup De-Stemmed Fresh Cherries
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Purified Water
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Sweet Paprika
  • Small Pinch of Saffron

Instructions:

First de-stem the cherries.  In a small saucepan add whole cherries, sugar, water and herbs; turn to low heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the cherries start to break down.

 Stirring continually, smashing the cherries while they are cooking; I like to use a muddler to mash the cherries. Once the cherries are soft and broken up turn heat off and let cool.

Using a spoon remove the cherry seeds.  Add mixture to food processor and blend well.

 Strain cherry mix through a fine mesh strainer into a glass jar.

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