Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sparkling Apple Cardamon Cocktail

During the holiday season, I do a lot of entertaining
(OK, I confess I entertain all year long - I love a party, big or small!).
It's not always formal or fancy...
but I do like to offer my guests amazing food and a specialty beverage...
other than coffee, the beverage of choice
for most of my friends is a sparkling wine (or prosecco or champagne).

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While anything sparkling is great on its own...
every once in awhile I like to change things up a bit.
Add a new flavor...
add a new twist...
and surprise my guests!


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The flavors in this cocktail are warm and rich and feel like the holidays!

Sparkling Apple Cardamon Cocktail
Makes 4 cocktails

10 Cardamon pods (crushed)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup good quality apple juice. I used R.W. Knudsen Organic Apple Juice (purchased in my local grocery store)
6 ounces Prosecco or Sparkling Wine**, chilled. Select a prosecco or sparkling wine that you enjoy, but you do not need to use "the best of the best," as we will be adding flavor to this drink. 

For a non-alcoholic version, try replacing the prosecco with ginger-ale!
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Mix It!
Essentially you are making a simple syrup (very similar to my vanilla syrup)

Prepare the Apple Cardamon Simple Syrup 
Yield about 8 ounces
  • First, crush the cardamon seeds. I simply placed mine on a cutting board and smashed them with the blunt end of a large knife. They easily smashed and the seeds were released. Be sure to remove the pod and only use the seeds.

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  • Place the  1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, and 10 seeds of the (crushed) cardamon in a medium sauce pan and slowly bring the mixture to a boil until the sugar is dissolved.
  • I had my mixture on a low heat and it took about 10-15 minutes.
  • Add the 1 cup of apple juice to the mixture and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Let cool, and transfer  the mixture and the bean to am airtight container (I use a mason jar).

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Mix the Cocktail
  • Place 6 ounces of prosecco in a champagne flute
  • Add 2 ounces (or more if you prefer an even sweeter cocktail) of the apple cardamon simple syrup to the prosecco.
  • Gently mix
  • Serve, enjoy, amaze your guest!

I cannot wait to serve this at my next party!
What's your favorite holiday drink?

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This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


  1. Holly, I often mix my fruit juices with ginger ale, but never knew you could mix cardamon as you have done here. This looks really good!

  2. I love Cardamon & this sounds super yummy! Can't wait to try it for a gathering. Theresa @DearCreatives


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