Sgroppino – A Favorite Italian Cocktail

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Looking for a festive, different cocktail to serve during the holidays? Try a Sgroppino, one of many beverages that use our favorite sparkling wine, Prosecco. We enjoy a prosecco aperitif pretty much daily on our Italy cycling holidays and Dolomite ski tours. Sometimes we ‘mix it up’ with a drink like a Sgroppino, where we get our daily prosecco fix in a icy, clean cocktail. Sgroppino can be served as a palate-cleansing aperitif, or as a dessert drink. The name roughly translates in the Venetian dialect as ‘untie’, referring to it’s rumored ability to relax the stomach after a large meal.
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There are several different versions of this drink, which originated in Venice. Most include lemon sorbet, prosecco and vodka. In the mountains of Friuli, they leave out the prosecco – maybe the more rustic, heavier mountain foods requires a more direct approach to untying. I’ve also seen recipes which include heavy cream, which might be a nice addition if your sorbet is pretty icy, but I don’t find it necessary.
sorbet cycling holidays europe italiaoutdoors food and wineAfter several enjoyable attempts, I came up with the following recipe. The simplest recipes call for spooning lemon sorbet directly into a glass, and topping with prosecco and vodka. We found this a bit hard to consume, as the prosecco and vodka seemed to disappear well before the sorbet has melted. The recipe below results in a cold, smooth drink without ‘globs’ of lemon sorbet. Whatever form you prefer, the drink is great, and makes quite a festive holiday presentation when garnished with the green mint and red pomegranate seeds.
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Makes 1

1 large spoonful lemon sorbet (about 1/4 cup), softened slightly
3 ounces prosecco, chilled
1 ounce vodka, chilled
Sprig of mint
Pomegranate seeds

About 1/2 hour before making your drink, put the vodka and prosecco in your freezer to chill.

Place the softened lemon sorbet in a cocktail shaker, and whisk until smooth with a fork or small whisk. Add the prosecco and vodka, and shake well. Pour into a champagne flute or martini glass, and garnish with mint and a few pomegranate seeds. Serve.

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