Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sparkling Refresher!

A favorite drink of mine is an Italian white wine called Prosecco.  It's light and sparkling and perfect for any occasion.  At Christmastime, I love a touch of gingerbread syrup added to a glass of Prosecco - a drink named by cookbook author Nigella Lawson as "Christmas in a Glass."  I love that.

This drink takes Prosecco a different direction but still remains a great refreshment at a holiday gathering.  With a pile of fresh mint to use up, I envisioned a Mojito-type drink.  The use of agave instead of the usual white sugar in a Mojito alleviated dissolving the sugar.

If you prefer not to drink alcohol, substitute a diet or regular lemon-lime soda for the Prosecco.

Prosecco Mojito

12 fresh mint leaves, torn if large
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
4 ounces Prosecco
Crushed ice

Place mint leaves in bottom of tall glass.  Add agave and lime juice and muddle.  (Muddling is combining ingredients by pressing them with a tool that is flat on the bottom called a muddler.  The back side of a spoon will work in a pinch.)  Pour in Prosecco and fill glass with crushed ice.  Makes one serving, 5 points plus for Weight Watcher or 130 calories each.

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