Italian Cheer

READY IN: 2hrs 10mins
Recipe by mersaydees

This has been a Christmas tree-trimming tradition of mine for the adults only! From the magazine Chocolatier, Vol. 1, #4.

Top Review by Mulligan

Although this is a Christmas tradition in one family, I found it to be a cool Spring sipper. It was sweet, but my hubby asked for a glass after timidly taking a sip from mine. I'll be making (and drinking) this over and over again!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (17 ounce) canwhole peeled apricots
  • 3 tablespoons Amaretto
  • 14 cup brandy or 14 cup cognac
  • 1 (25 1/2 ounce) bottle asti spumante sparkling wine, chilled


  1. Drain the apricots and remove the pits if necessary; place in a small bowl.
  2. Pour the amaretto and brandy over the fruit and refrigerate for several hours to marinate.
  3. When ready to serve, place a whole apricot along with a teaspoon of the marinating liquid in each of eight chilled flute Champagne glasses.
  4. Pour 3 ounces of Asti spumante into each glass, adding the wine in two stages if necessary to avoid foaming over.
  5. Serve with slices of pannetone, pound cake, or chocolate leaf cookies.

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