These plum and prosecco smashes are a perfect evening cocktail. These drinks are fizzy, sweet, fruity and earthy with flavours of vanilla and sage that are irresistible! Make the vanilla simple syrup ahead of time and you’ll have these cocktails ready within 5 minutes, because who wants to wait any longer than that for a good cocktail!?
It’s an “end-of-a-work-week” kind of drink. When you can come home, drop your bag and throw off your shoes. When the sound of the bubbles hitting the glass and the smell of vanilla melts the work week vibes off of you. It’s in those moments that I can seek refuge and recover from the stressful moments that make up my work week. To take my time doing something rather than rushing through my minutes and hours at work.
Cooking has become my form of relaxation. Most people think I’m crazy, asking how it could possibly be anything other than stressful and tiresome. But it energizes me. Seeing a recipe come together – to smell the incredible aromas rising from the kitchen because of me – is rewarding. Instead of multitasking, like I do for 12 hours a day at work, I get to focus only on the task in front of me. No phones ringing, no one calling my name or wanting me to do a hundred things at once. It’s just me in my kitchen. Sautéing garlic, stirring soup and watching a small whirlpool form in the pot, rotating the pan in the oven so the cookies come out just right. It’s in those small activities that I can recharge my batteries and mentally prepare myself for the next week ahead. I look forward to those days. I need those days.
I love my career, so don’t get me wrong, but we all need a refuge from our work life. To have something else we love to do and can motivate us to get through the busy and stressful moments at work.
Coming home from work last Friday, these plum and Prosecco cocktails were on my mind. I needed something indulgent to reward myself for getting through the week. The vanilla simple syrup came first, the smell wafting through the kitchen. And then came the Prosecco. I popped it open, taking a moment to enjoy the loud “POP” and fizzle sound that came from the bottle. I muddled the sliced plums, sage leaves and vanilla simple syrup together and strained it over 2 glasses before pouring the Prosecco over top.
This prosecco smash cocktail is perfect for your weekend plans and goes well for brunch, dinner or evening cocktails!
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- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 8 plum slices
- 2 sage leaves
- extra sage leaves, plum slices and ice for serving
- Place the vanilla extract, water and sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let it cool before using.
- Place 8 plum slices, sage leaves and 2 tbsp of vanilla simple syrup in a glass and muddle to release the flavours.
- Place ice in a glass and strain juice over the ice. Top with prosecco, extra plum slices and sage before serving.