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Persimmon Champagne cocktail

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 1
Persimmon Champagne cocktail

Persimmon syrup

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In a medium saucepan heated over medium heat, cook the persimmon until the pieces caramelize, 5 to 10 minutes. (The persimmons may stick to the bottom of the pan. Gently scrape them from the pan, and continue to stir to keep them from burning.) Stir in the water and rosemary, then grate one-fourth of a nutmeg into the pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then add the brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat, strain and set aside to cool. This makes about 1 cup syrup, more than is needed for the recipe. It will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to 1 week.

Cocktail assembly

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In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the orange liqueur, persimmon syrup and lemon juice. Shake and strain into a Champagne flute or saucer. Top with Champagne. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a cranberry.

Adapted from Jason Schiffer, 320 Main.

Betty Hallock was the deputy Food editor, covering all things food and drink for the Saturday section and Daily Dish blog. She started at The Times in 2001 in the Business section and previously worked on the National desk at the Wall Street Journal in New York. She’s a graduate of UCLA and New York University.
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