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Stretch out summertime with this sultry sparkling sipper made with top-quality Prosecco.  D.O.C.G. Prosecco makes the perfect hip, and reasonably priced, sip for lunch, brunch or celebrations.

The fine print: only Proseccos bearing the D.O.C.G. designation are authentic Prosecco wines, produced under strict quality controls in the 12,000-acre Conegliano-Valdobbiadene region outside Venice.  Paris Hilton aside, who needs canned, imitation Prosecco anyway, when the real thing runs around $15 a bottle?

 At her Sonoma, California, restaurant, Estate, Sondra Bernstein’s latest summery cocktail features chilled Prosecco laced with blackberry-lemon verbena syrup. That’s a pairing guaranteed to add fizz and fun to just about any gathering.

Try Sondra's recipe for Abruzzo...it's like summer in a glass.


  • 1 1/2-ounce blackberry-lemon verbena syrup (or blackberry syrup and a few drops of lemon juice)
  • Prosecco (D.O.C.G.)
  • A few blackberries
  • Lemon verbena or mint leaf


  1. Combine ingredients in a champagne flute and add blackberries and lemon verbena.

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