Happy Friday, lovely readers! We’re sending you off into the weekend with a vibrant clean cocktail, created for you by our wedding wellness expert, Carlene Thomas, RD. Since persimmons abound this time of year, she decided to put them to good use, choosing the Fuyu variety for today’s recipe. (Distinguished by their squat shape, “flat” bottom, and deep orange color, Fuyus are sweet but not cloyingly so, and they have a mild, pumpkin-like flavor.) We’ll let Carlene describe in detail how to make this mouthwateringly delicious libation, perfect for a wedding toast on a nippy November night!
’Tis the season to break out the bubbly with winter flair! Persimmons are a festive orange fruit with cinnamon spice undertones, and they offer the kind of winter bliss that warms hearts and fights colds with an abundance of vitamin C. This persimmon-champagne mix makes an especially cozy cocktail. Might we suggest snuggling up with your significant other in front of a blazing fireplace beneath a sprig of mistletoe?
1 tablesppon Fuyu persimmon nectar
Champagne to fill traditional glass
To make persimmon nectar:
Peel 1 persimmon and chop into cubes. Place in a small pot on the stove with water to cover. Cook on medium until the persimmon is easily speared with a fork. Add a spoonful of sugar to sweeten and blend in an immersion blender or a standing blender. Return the purée to the stovetop and allow it to reduce slightly.
To prepare the cocktail:
Add 1 tablespoon of the persimmon nectar to the bottom of a champagne glass. Fill the remainder of the glass with champagne or prosecco and stir. Garnish with a wedge of persimmon so that guests can enjoy the fresh fruit on its own.
Photos and recipe by Carlene Thomas