If you know how much I love crafting cocktails than you must know I was excited to see the Food Network series that I participate in finally call for cocktails. What took you so long; don’t you know there can be no real #SummerSoiree without them? So I opted to make something totally summery with fresh fruit and sherbet. I love the fizz that is added to a cocktail with Prosecco and it did not disappoint. You have to try this Lime Sherbet Float with Strawberries and Prosecco; it’s a cocktail yes but it also brings out the kid in you! Also, make sure you check out the other bloggers additions to this event; a whole plethora of summer cocktails after the recipe!
I made this cocktail on a gloomy and chilly summer day. My plans had been to run to the store to buy a carton of lime sherbet but when the rains started and I had yet to leave I decided to punt and see if I had the ingredients to make some. Luckily I keep the bowl to my ice cream maker frozen at all times and even luckier I had everything I needed…which really isn’t a lot. Milk, sugar and limes. Well, maybe not milk but I did have half and half; maybe a bit decadent for sherbet but also so very, very good. It might not fit the FDA requirement requiring that sherbet contain between one to two percent butterfat by weight but it’s also clearly not the higher fat and creaminess of ice cream. I won’t bother you more details…I’ll do that next week when I do a post on sherbets. Now that I’ve reminded myself of how much I love homemade sherbet, I absolutely have to share the love!
This cocktail is sort of a strawberry mojito with lime sherbet and sparkling wine. Strawberries and mint are muddled and combined with rum and sherbet and stirred to a smooth consistency. As if that weren’t enough, it’s topped with a scoop of more sherbet and finished with some Prosecco. Easy mocktail too…just omit the rum and top with icy cold sparkling water. Either way it’s cold, a bit creamy, not too sweet and with just enough kick that you’ll know you’re drinking a cocktail even if after one you think you should be playing tag with the neighborhood kids. Cheers!
Lime Sherbet Float with Strawberries and Prosecco
- 3 medium strawberries, hulled
- 6 small mint leaves
- 11/2 ounces white rum
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup lime sherbet (or sorbet)
- 1-2 Tbsp simple syrup (boil equal amounts of sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into contain and refrigerate untill cold. Store in fridge).
- Prosecco or soda water
- Strawberries for garnish
- In the bottom of a chilled glass, muddle together the strawberries and mint. Use the handle of a wooden spoon if you don't have a muddler.
- Add the rum, lime sherbet and simple syrup and stir.
- Add another scoop of sherbet and finish by pouring Prosecco to the top of the glass.Garnish with a strawberry, add a straw and enjoy!
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