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Cherry Thyme Champagne Cocktail

cherry thyme champagne cocktail recipeDid you have a wonderful holiday? I did. I am relaxed, recharged, and ready for what 2011 has to offer. Our Christmas was very quiet. Most years, we have whoever is around over for at least one of the nights, but this year, it was just us. As nice as it was to not have the pressure of entertaining, I will admit that I missed having a house full of people. People other than the ones that live here that is.

I had a full blown kitchen fail on Christmas Eve that involved burning a pot so badly that I needed to throw it away. It happens to best of us. I guess it is a good thing that we were not having people over. My elegant soup and salad turned into fried egg sandwiches and pancakes. There were some tears (mine) in the kitchen that evening. I realized in the whole scheme of things that the memory of me burning Christmas Eve dinner will be more fun and memorable than the memory of the dinner that I was supposed to make. Breakfast for dinner after Mass was so much fun, that it may become a new tradition after all.

A fairly new tradition are these Cherry Thyme Champagne Cocktails. I started making them last Christmas and loved them so much that they carried on to New Years and many, many times last winter. I love champagne and I love champagne cocktails. The thyme really makes this drink elegant and delightful. You can make the cherry mixture days ahead of time and just keep it in the fridge until you are ready for a drink. I use an inexpensive Prosecco to make these, but you can use whatever sparkling white wine you like.

I got this recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s Lifestyle newsletter, Goop.

cherry thyme champagne cocktail recipe1 bottle of Prosecco or sparkling white wine
1 (10-ounce) can of whole cherries (not pie filling, but canned cherries)
a few sprigs of fresh thyme
lemon

cherry thyme champagne cocktail recipeDrain the cherry juice into a saucepan. Put the cherries in a jar for later.

cherry thyme champagne cocktail recipeSimmer the juice and thyme over low heat for about 5 minutes. Take off the heat and let cool.

cherry thyme champagne cocktail recipePour the cooled juice over the cherries.

cherry thyme champagne cocktail recipePut about 1 to 2 Tablespoons of the cherry juice in the bottom of a champagne glass. Add one cherry to the glass. Pour the Prosecco over the cherries. Garnish with a small sprig of thyme. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice in each glass. Someone told me once, that lemon is to cocktails as salt is to food. It enhances the flavor. It really makes a difference here.

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Cherry Thyme Champagne Cocktail


Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Prosecco or sparkling white wine
  • 1 (10-ounce) can of whole cherries (not pie filling, but canned cherries)
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • lemon

Instructions

  1. Drain the cherry juice into a saucepan. Put the cherries in a jar for later.
  2. Simmer the juice and thyme over low heat for about 5 minutes. Take off the heat and let cool.
  3. Pour the cooled juice over the cherries.
  4. Put about 1 to 2 Tablespoons of the cherry juice in the bottom of a champagne glass. Add one cherry to the glass. Pour the Prosecco over the cherries. Garnish with a small sprig of thyme. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice in each glass. Someone told me once, that lemon is to cocktails as salt is to food. It enhances the flavor. It really makes a difference here.

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  1. jenna

    December 28th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    wow Bree! these look stunning!!! I think I will add them to my New years list! 🙂

  2. bakedbree

    December 30th, 2010 at 8:37 am

    thank you Jenna! They are one of my favorite drinks.

  3. Ang

    December 29th, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Bree! These are amazing! I made a kid-friendly version using sparkling white grape juice and ommitted the lemon-so yummy-just like a little sprizter! I am definitely going to be trying the grown-up version very soon. Love your site! (Oh, and thanks for sharing GOOP, I’m really liking it!)

  4. bakedbree

    December 30th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    that is a great idea for a kiddie cocktail for NYE. Thanks for the idea.

  5. Haley

    December 29th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I picked up the ingredients today to make these. They look tasty.

  6. bakedbree

    December 30th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    a little too tasty! Hope that you picked up some aspirin too!!

  7. Conspiracy girl

    February 28th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    hi,

    Your inventions was so spectacular.
    Perfect for my mother’s birthday next week.
    Hope she will liked it…..

  8. bakedbree

    March 1st, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    thanks, this is a favorite cocktail of mine.

  9. Law Robinson

    February 16th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Trying this tonight, thank you!

  10. bakedbree

    February 21st, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Cheers!

  11. mickey

    December 31st, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Thanks for this recipe, Bree. I love finding or inventing new cocktail recipes. I’m going to make this today with my new year’s eve champagne. Sounds yummy!

  12. bakedbree

    January 12th, 2015 at 11:24 am

    You are welcome!

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