Thirsty Thursday: Sgroppino (aka A Boozy Sorbet Punch)

By: Kelsey Vala
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It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Sgroppino is a traditional palate-cleansing Italian cocktail versatile enough to be served as an aperitif, with dessert or as a brunch beverage. This cocktail is a slushy mixture of prosecco, vodka and lemon sorbet, with chopped fresh mint as garnish. Flawlessly bubbly and lemony, this four-ingredient mixer's simplicity and its bright and clean flavors make it an ideal cocktail for summer sipping.

The mixing method is simple: pour chilled prosecco and vodka into glasses, and drop a melty scoop of sweet lemon sorbet to float on top. The sorbet will slowly relax into the fizzy mixture, creating a frothy, chilly punch perfect for enjoying on hot afternoons.

Bottoms up, folks.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups chilled prosecco (Italian sparkling white wine)
  • 1/4 cup chilled vodka
  • 2/3 cup frozen lemon sorbet
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh mint leaves

Directions:

Pour the prosecco and vodka into 4 champagne flutes. Spoon a scoop of sorbet into each flute. Sprinkle with mint and serve immediately.

Still thirsty? Check out more summery cocktails on Cooking Channel.

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