Sparkling Persimmon Margaritas

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Holidays on Ice was the first David Sedaris book I read and of all the stories in the book Santaland Diaries was my obvious favorite. We still read it aloud every few years to get in the snarky Christmas Spirit! There’s just something so heart warming and genuine about Krumpet’s misadventures around the Magic Tree.  If you’re in the Chicago area I highly recommend going to Santaland Diaries at the Wit. You get to see it preformed in all of its elfin glory while sipping on a cocktail or two – the perfect holiday tradition!sparkling-persimmon-margarita-12sparkling-persimmon-margarita-4
This year, my contribution to holidays on ice is this Sparkling Persimmon Margarita. Margaritas make a fantastic holiday cocktail especially when you add a little champagne. Be careful with these though! These taste so good you may find yourself drinking them rather quickly but the tequila really packs a punch! Cheers to you and yours this Holiday Season!

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Sparkling Persimmon Margaritas

2 oz Tequila (preferably blanco)
1 oz Persimmon Simple Syrup (Recipe below)
0.75 oz Lemon Juice (the juice from half a lemon)
1 to 2 sprigs Mint
Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Place everything except the champagne in a cocktail shaker. Muddle the mint and then add ice. Shake until cold and strain into a coupe or old fashioned glass. Top with the champagne and garnish with a slice of persimmon. (If you’re serving in a coupe this recipe will make 2 drinks, if you’re serving in an old fashioned glass this recipe will make 1 drink plus a little leftover for a sidecar if you’ve got it!)

Persimmon Simple Syrup
2 cups Persimmons, chopped (about 3 to 4 hachiya persimmons should do the trick)
2 cups Sugar
2 cups Water
Juice of 1 Lemon
Lemon Zest of 1 Lemon

Place everything in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1 hour. Remove from heat and let cool. Once cool strain into a jar and store in the fridge. The syrup will last 3 to 4 weeks in the fridge.