We spent much of the weekend enjoying limited-edition, seasonal batch flavors from Ciao Bella Gelato: Cranberry Prosecco Sorbet, Montebianco Gelato and Pumpkin Sea Salt Caramel Gelato.
Cranberry Prosecco Gelato. No matter how stuffed you may be from a big holiday dinner, there’s always room for sorbet. Ciao Bella’s Cranberry Prosecco Sorbet marries sweet-tart cranberry sorbet with a hint of Prosecco, the Italian sparkling wine.
Colorful and delicious by itself, it creates an easy cocktail—apéritif or dessert—when scooped into a glass of Prosecco or other sparkling wine. A great idea for Christmas or New Year’s Eve. It can be made as a mocktail for non-drinkers.
Montebianco Gelato. Montebianco, or Mont Blanc, is a famous European dessert made with puréed, sweetened chestnuts, whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Ciao Bella’s Montebianco Gelato is a luscious chestnut cream with organic dark chocolate chunks and a bit of rum extract. If you’re an ice cream lover who’s dreaming of a white Christmas, this could be it.
Pumpkin Sea Salt Caramel Gelato. What a great way to enhance delicious pumpkin gelato! Made with real pumpkin purée and a hint of cinnamon, the thick swirls of sea salt caramel make it the best pumpkin ice cream you could wish for. While you can still get pumpkin ice cream, pick up a pint.
Make a sparkling cranberry sorbet cocktail. Photo by Lognetics | Fotolia.
The flavors are all natural and the milk for the gelato is rBST-free.
RECIPE: CRANBERRY PROSECCO SORBET COCKTAIL OR MOCKTAIL
Ingredients Per Drink
2 mall scoops cranberry sorbet
6 ounces Prosecco or other sparkling wine; sparkling Italian soda (like San Pellegrino) for mocktail
Optional garnish: cocktail pick or toothpick threaded with mint leaves and fresh cranberries—or—lime curl
Optional garnish: sparkling sugar rim (green, red or white)
1. SOFTEN sorbet at room temperature for 5-7 minutes. Add optional sugar rim to a Champagne glass.
2. PLACE 2 small scoops of sorbet in the bottom of the glass.
3. TOP with Prosecco or soda, garnish and serve.