With the party season in full swing I wanted to share this recipe for a great cocktail. It is a perfect drink to have at the ready to greet your guests as they arrive. Martha suggests serving it in a punch bowl but I prefer to serve it from my mom and dad’s vintage martini pitcher using martini glasses instead of punch cups. I just love a stylish glass.
2 lemons, zest removed in strips with a vegetable peeler, plus juice
2 oranges, zest removed in strips with a vegetable peeler, plus juice
¾ cup sugar
½ vanilla bean, split and scraped
14 ounces brandy
1 bottle (750 ml) Prosecco
Large ice ring (if you want to serve it as punch)
Combine zests, sugar, and vanilla seeds. Muddle zests with a muddler or a wooden spoon to release the oils, and let sit 1 hour. Add juices, and stir to dissolve sugar; stir in brandy. Pour punch through a fine sieve into bowl (or pretty pitcher). Refrigerate at least one hour and up to
overnight. Combine brandy mixture and Prosecco in your serving bowl/pitcher, add ice ring if using punch bowl. Serve immediately.
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