November is upon us, which means that the holiday season is officially underway. First up, Thanksgiving, which has somehow evolved from having its own season, to teaming up with Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s and becoming the forefront of the holiday season. Some may be opposed, but I say, the more holidays there are, the merrier! Of course, festive recipes are a staple of the holiday season. Spices like cinnamon and cloves are in the air everywhere! They are cozy and warm, and just perfect for sipping by a holiday fire. Mmmm! Add soothing citrus and make the perfect Festive Orange Cinnamon Blossom cocktail this season:
1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup sugar
3 whole cloves
3 whole allspice
2 cinnamon sticks
Rinse lemon and orange and thinly slice them, discarding seeds; quarter the orange slices. Put fruit in a 4- to 5-quart pan. Add honey, sugar (use the smaller amount if you prefer drinks on the tart side, the larger if you want a sweeter flavor), cloves and allspice. With a knife, cut the cinnamon sticks lengthwise into thinner strips. Add cinnamon and 2 cups water to pan; bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes. Pour Prosecco into hot citrus base and heat until steaming, about 8 minutes. Keep warm over low heat. Ladle into heatproof cups or wineglasses.