My husband says that wine cocktails make him think of episodes of Real Housewives. When I told him about this recipe, I think he pictured me lounging on the back deck, throwing back a few glasses, getting a foot massage and enjoying a gourmet lunch prepared by a personal chef. (Where the kids were in this imaginary scenario, I have no idea.)
That's hardly our reality, and frankly, not really a scenario that appeals to me (okay, the personal chef and foot massage are pretty appealing.) But I think this cocktail is perfect for a bridal shower, Mother's Day lunch, spring wedding, or girls' night in. The added grapefruit juice makes it less alcoholic than a regular glass of wine. I think sometimes it's nice to enjoy a drink that's a little on the lighter side. If you're looking to go completely alcohol-free, try a mix of seltzer and sparkling grape juice instead of the Prosecco. The mocktail version will still have the grapefruit, honey, and thyme, and that flavor combination is really the star of this drink.
Prosecco + Grapefruit Cocktail
Yields 2 drinks
1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
5-6 sprigs fresh thyme (plus more for garnish)
1 Tablespoon honey
Tear the thyme leaves off the stem and add to a cocktail shaker with the grapefruit juice, honey and a handful of ice. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
Strain evenly into two glasses and top with Prosecco to taste. Stir gently if needed. Add a sprig of thyme for garnish. Serve and enjoy!