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persimmon 75

Use a persimmon to completely change the flavor of a French 75!

Use a persimmon to completely change the flavor of a French 75!

Yummy persimmons are available in abundance at local farmer’s markets. I thought I’d put them to use this week and try a few experiments. Here’s an easy tipple that you can make by substituting the lemon juice in a French 75 with muddled persimmon. Persimmons are highly underrated – this is a great drink!

2 teaspoons fine white sugar
1 persimmon
1 ounce dry gin
3 ounces brut champagne or other dry sparkling wine

In a shaker, muddle 1 diced persimmon and sugar. Add the gin and a bunch of ice and shake vigorously. Strain using a Hawthorne strainer into a chilled goblet. Add 3 ounces of sparkling wine and garnish with a persimmon. Enjoy!

spris aka aperol spritz


While on our most recent trip to the Bahamas, we spent a couple of days visiting some friends in Miami. One night, we ended up going to a legit pizza restaurant called Spris, named after a cocktail common in northern Italy. The cocktail simply consists of Aperol and Prosecco with a splash of soda water. This drink couldn’t be easier to make and is super delicious any time of the day. The great thing about this restaurant is that they garnish the cocktail not only with the traditional orange wedge, but with a yummy green Italian olive as well. The end result is bubbly, sweet, bitter and salty.


3 ounces Prosecco or dry sparkling wine
1 1/2 ounces Aperol
Splash of soda water
Orange zest
Green olive
Ice (optional)

Place a few cubes of ice (if using) into a wine glass. Add Prosecco, Aperol and soda water. Garnish with an orange and a green olive or two. It’s really that easy. Salute!

champagne cocktail with st. germain and muddled strawberries


It’s hot out, strawberries are cheap, delicious and in season. I’m not feeling like whisky or a heavy cocktail right now. I want something cold and refreshing. I got a whole tray of fresh organic strawberries from the farmer’s market for $5!  All I need is a sparkling wine and St. Germain elderflower liqueur and I’ve got the makings for a winner.

In a collins glass add 3-4 strawberries and muddle into puree. Add ice to the glass and 1 ounce of St. Germain. Finally, top with a dry sparkler such as Brut Champagne, Dry Sparkling Wine, or Brut Rosé. If you are using Champagne give me a call. Garnish with a mint sprig. Voila! It’s that easy!