Think of it as the all-American version of Venice's frosty-fruity sgroppino cocktail. Instead of the Italian version's lemons, freeze the flesh of a watermelon and puree it to an ice-cold slush. Add vodka and Prosecco to the mix (or leave them out altogether).
Make sure to choose the freshest, ripest fruit available for this drink, as the strong flavors will pair well with the basil.
From the book "Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).
Inspired by a classic cocktail made with limoncello (a lemon liqueur) and Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine), this incredibly refreshing dessert is a cinch to make. Serve with biscotti or your favorite Italian cookies.
The Champagne cocktail, an instant mood lightener, was the official drink of the "bright young things" who flitted through the novels of Evelyn Waugh. In this version, a scoop of sorbet takes the place of the traditional sugar and bitters and turns this classic into a delicious holiday slush.