Orange Basil Bellini

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 serving
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Ingredients

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish

1 orange

1 (1 liter) bottle sparkling water or seltzer

1 bottle prosecco (optional)

Directions

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add the water and sugar and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat, add the basil, and let cool. Strain out the basil and refrigerate until ready to use. Syrup will last up to 2 weeks in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Slice 1/4-inch thick slice from the center of the orange. Slice that into quarters and set aside for garnish. Squeeze the juice from the 2 remaining halves into a bowl.

Pour 1 tablespoon orange juice and 1 tablespoon basil simple syrup into a champagne flute. For a mocktail, top with sparkling water. For a cocktail, add about 1/2 cup prosecco per glass and a splash of sparkling water. Garnish with a slice of orange and a basil leaf.

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