The Harvest Sparkle (Bourbon Champagne Cocktail)

By: Cassy Joy Garcia

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The Harvest Sparkle

Part of being Fed+Fit is finding a balance between admittedly not-health-food indulgences and foods that make you feel like superwoman. Fresh Paleo foods, lots of water, unlimited crunchy veggies, and the occasional coffee make me feel like superwoman.

While feeling like a million bucks is one thing, you know what reassures me that my lifestyle isn't fleeting? The fact that I can feel healthy and indulge in the occasional cocktail, baked treat, and gluten-free delivery Dominos pizza without. any. guilt.

No guilt. Yep, it’s totally possible.

I believe there’s room for the indulgences that make our life feel like …life. It’s okay to jump off the endless series of diets, detoxes, and 30-day “shreds.” Put your thinking cap on and design a balanced lifestyle that makes you feel great, fulfilled, and complete. Understand that enjoying 1 to 2 cocktails a week doesn’t make you a failure. In fact, 10 cocktails a week doesn’t make you a failure, but it probably does make you feel pretty crummy.

To make up my couple drinks a week, I’ll order something spectacular if Austin takes me out on a date and then I’ll have a glass of red wine with our Sunday night steaks. Save for the occasional Lone Star at a nighttime kickball game, I like my cocktails to be extra special. Extra special, my friend, is the theme of this recipe.

The Harvest Sparkle

This special sip comes by way of a cider spice-infused honey, a dash of a smoky whiskey, and a good glug of a champagne or prosecco. Garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary and let the bubbly, fall-flavored goodness transport you to falling leaves and other happy things.

I was caught fantasizing about the perfect October wedding – The Harvest Sparkle being the signature pre-dinner happy hour drink for guests to enjoy while the sun sets and the band warms up. Just a suggestion.

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The Harvest Sparkle


The Harvest Sparkle

  • Author: Cassy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 or 18 servings 1x



For the cider honey syrup::

For a large batch/pitcher (serves 18)::

  • 2 1/4 cups whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 1/2 cups of the cider honey syrup (entire batch)
  • 2 1/4 cups prosecco, champagne, or sparkling white wine
  • 9 sprigs of rosemary

For a single cocktail::

  • 1 ounce whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cider honey syrup
  • 1 ounce prosecco, champagne, or sparkling white wine (or enough to top off the glass)
  • 1/2 sprig of rosemary


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk the honey, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and orange juice together until it starts to bubble. Remove from heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.
  2. In a pitcher or shaker, mix the honey syrup and whiskey together with a good amount of ice so that it is completely chilled. Strain into a different pitcher or serving glass. (Note: caution that you don’t let the honey and whiskey mixture sit in the ice for too long so that it doesn’t get watered down.)
  3. Keep refrigerated.
  4. Just before serving, add prosecco to top off the glass and garnish with a ½ sprig of rosemary.

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  1. Paula says:

    OH. I need to make these for tomorrow night’s party! Too bad most people there are doing the Whole Life Challenge, and I’ll have to drink it myself. 🙂

    1. Cassy says:

      You’ll love it, Paula!

  2. Jessi says:

    LOVE everything about this post! Couldn’t agree more about enjoying indulgences without guilt! This looks likes an amazing cocktail recipe.

    1. Cassy says:

      Thanks, Jessi!!

  3. Paula says:

    Follow-up: I made this for a party, and I should have doubled or even tripled the recipe! It tastes, as the name suggests, like fall in a glass and is VERY potent.

    1. Cassy says:

      Sounds like it was a success, Paula! Glad you liked it.

  4. bonnie says:

    OMG I usually don’t write negative comments,so I hope this isn’t. I love your blog, but the “Harvest Sparkle” has whiskey. I looked around the site of the company and they said they start with a mash of corn(GMO?) wheat and rye. Is this a no-no for celiacs or does the fermentation make it o.k.? I’ve been sick so long I don’t want to go backwards! the drink looks and sounds amazing! I usually just drink wine occasionally or brandy because its basically the bottom of the wine barrel. Anyway if you or someone knows more than me on this subject thank you in advance.

    1. Cassy says:

      Hi Bonnie! No, your comment wasn’t negative at all 🙂 I appreciate your question! You’re totally correct that the whiskey in this drink crosses some non-Celiac-friendly ingredients in its production. To be safe for all who suffer from Celiac, I recommend you stick with brandy (as you described above). Hope that helps and thanks again for your feedback!

  5. Danielle says:

    So just to be clear, there is not cider in the honey syrup? Just OJ and spices?

    1. Cassy says:

      Hi Danielle! You’re correct. Just OJ and “cider” spices 🙂

  6. This looks like the perfect fall cocktail! I need one of these right about now!

    1. Kelly says:

      I totally agree Eden! Would be perfect to sip on while handing out candy on Halloween 🙂

  7. Karina says:

    Did you use fresh spices or did you find pre-ground did a good enough job? I’m hoping to win my friendsmas cocktail competition and think this can definitely do it for me!!

    1. Kelly says:

      Hi Karina! For the cider honey syrup, it is pre-ground spices. The sprigs of rosemary is fresh rosemary. Good luck, sounds like a fun little competition!

  8. Alicia J says:

    Do you think I could use honey whiskey or will that make it too sweet?

  9. Linda says:

    Are the measurements in American cups?
    Thanks for your help!

  10. Allie says:

    I want to make this for a party… what is the best way to put this in a large glass self serve drink container with spout? Just put the whiskey/ syrup mix in the self serving container- have the guests add ice, bubly, and rosemary themselves? Or can I put it all in a container? I don’t want to ruin the flavor…

  11. Allie says:

    I want to make this for a party… what is the best way to put this in a large glass self serve drink container with spout? Just put the whiskey/ syrup mix in the self serving container- have the guests add ice, bubly, and rosemary themselves? Or can I put it all in a container? I don’t want to ruin the flavor…

  12. Heather Phillips says:

    This was a very big hit at a Christmas Day gathering! I made it again for a New Years party, and increased the recipe to a pound of honey (about quadruple amount of the simple syrup), and mixed it with a full 750ml of Bourbon. Interestingly enough… the simple syrup/ bourbon mix is the PERFECT base for a Hot Toddy (and great if you have a cold;)… just add hot water and you are good to go. Additionally, fresh ginger is even better when making your simple syrup. This one is a keeper!

    1. Cassy says:

      So glad you liked it!!

  13. JORDAN COTA says:

    This is one of my favorite fall and winter cocktails! It is beautiful and delicious. Thank you! I just bought some organic maple syrup that was aged in a bourbon barrel that I am going to try in this cocktail this weekend.

  14. Andrea says:

    This cocktail is amazing! It’s been a huge hit for any guest that comes our way. As long as we keep the simple syrup pre-made and stocked in the fridge, it’s easy to top it off with sparkling wine and feel like a champ serving a legitimate cocktail.

  15. Jen says:

    Would it work to make the syrup base a day ahead of time? Trying to find ways to minimize my day-of-party prep. Thanks!

  16. Cole Ramirez says:

    I made this last year for a holiday bunco party and I’m still thinking about it! Very, very good.

  17. Meghan B says:

    I have made this multiple years and adore it! Fall in a glass indeed. Just pulling up again in preparation for the holiday next week and thought I’d let you know it’s been a hit many parties over!

  18. Amanda says:

    I made this cocktail for Christmas Eve, and it was a big hit! All of the flavors combine for a festive and delicious cocktail that’s sure to please both bourbon and Prosecco lovers. The honey cider syrup is delicious, and the rosemary is both a pretty garnish and a subtle taste of something woodsy. I’ve already made another batch of syrup for more of these cocktails!

    5.0 rating

  19. john says:

    that isnt good

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Oh no! Sorry about that, John!!

  20. Chelsea says:

    Made this for my very small thanksgiving gathering (3 people). We all loved it!! I made a half batch and it was a tiny bit excessive bc these are very strong! The good news is that everything keeps, so we’ll be having them all weekend.

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Yay! We’re so glad they were a hit, Chelsea!

  21. Meghan says:

    Awesome! Made these for (socially distanced) Thanksgiving! We used the pitcher size for a group of 4, which allotted us a few refills each. I’d scale up the size for larger groups.

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      So glad they were a hit, Meghan!

  22. Robyn says:

    This was a delightful (and strong!) pre-Thanksgiving dinner treat! I’ve since swapped out the champagne for soda water for a slightly less sweet (and less strong!) option, and it has become my favorite fall/winter cocktail. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Amazing! We’re so glad you like it, Robyn!