The abundance of fresh ripe fruit during the summertime provides a great opportunity to create some of the tastiest cocktails. Stone fruit; like plums, peaches, apricots and nectarines can add some of the best flavoring, especially when muddled in an adult beverage this time of the year. A cool bubbly spritz on a warm evening is one of my favorite things to sip and in this drink, I gently press nectarines in a glass with a teaspoon of sugar, and add Aperol and Elderflower Cordial, along with champagne and sparkling water for a delightful twist on a classic Italian spritz.
I prefer to keep the fruit whole in my drink, but you can always muddle and strain for just the juice. I look at it this way — if I include the whole piece of fruit, I’m getting a serving of something good for me, and a cocktail in one — it’s a win win. Nectarines have a thin skin, so I don’t mind the texture floating about my spritz and in fact, I think it adds character and infuses a tad more fruity taste. You can always double or triple this recipe and make it in a pitcher ahead of time, and pour into glasses, then top with champagne and sparkling water before serving for larger gatherings. Cheers!
1 nectarine, sliced + more for garnish
2 teaspoons sugar
8 ounces Aperol
1 ounce Elderflower Cordial or liqueur
8 ounces champagne
8 ounces sparkling water
2 mint sprigs, optional
(Makes 2 Cocktails)
- In two large wine or cocktail glasses, add half of nectarines and sugar in each, muddle (press) with wooden spoon handle or dowel.
- Top with Aperol, stir. Top with Elderflower Cordial, stir. You can add a big ice cube at this point if you want drink on the rocks.
- Add half of champagne in each glass and half of sparkling water in each glass.
- Place nectarine slices on rims and mint sprigs in glasses. Enjoy!