Keeping the holidays simple can be a real challenge. It is easy to get over ambitious with menu planning and entertaining. While the planning is the fun part, the game day execution can get stressful fast.
Holidays are for making memories and spending time with family and friends. I realize that I will not be able to avoid holiday stress entirely but, certainly I am going to give it my best effort.
These cocktails are a good start to holiday entertaining. The Prosecco is spiked with a ginger syrup and served up with a few light bites is a nice way to kick-off the holiday season.
Ginger Fizz Cocktail
Bring one 3″ piece ginger, peeled, thinly sliced, 1/2 cup raw or granulated sugar, and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Let cool. Strain syrup through a fine mesh sieve into a small jar or bowl; discard ginger.
Note: Syrup can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill.
Pour 1/4 oz. ginger syrup in each coupe glass. Divide evenly, top off with two 750-ml bottles Prosecco (about 5 oz. per glass) and garnish with a thin slice of clementine or orange slice.