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Coachella Cello Cocktail: Sparkling Wine, Strawberry-thyme Simple Syrup and Limoncello.

By: Maren Swanson • April 19th, 2016
Coachella Cello Cocktail: Sparkling Wine, Strawberry-thyme Simple Syrup and Limoncello.

I’ve never made to Coachella, but I admit, looking at all of the fun photos on Instagram and Facebook make me kinda wish I was there! Everyone is drinking, eating and jamming out to great music with friends in the dessert. Well I have to make the most with what I’ve got, so I decided to drum up a new refreshing Coachella-themed cocktail this past warm weekend so I could cool off and be there in SPIRIT – pun intended! I call my new Champagne palate pleaser the Coachella Cello Cocktail.

Coachella Cello Cocktail by Maren Swanson. @LoveHappyHour

I’m a big advocate of not letting anything go to waste, so when I discovered some overripe strawberries in my fridge, I decided to "pot" them to use and make some homemade *Strawberry Simple Syrup infused with fresh thyme. It was so easy to make this syrup and now I’m completely obsessed with it!

We Tied the Knot Towell from Anthropologie.

Homemade Limoncello
Wedding Coaster

I should also mention the fact that I just got married!!! Yes, sorry if my posts have lagged a little but I planned my entire wedding and since I’m such a details girl, the whole experience took up a lot of my time. But now I have all of this leftover Champagne (well, technically Piper Sonoma, so sparkling wine), and I had to do something with it so I used the syrup, the sparkling wine and my homemade limoncello to create this amaaaazing Coachello Cello. Another great reason to make this cocktail? There's no muddling required - score!

Piper Sonoma Sparkling Wine

I hope you get a chance to make my new cocktail because I really think you’ll love it. If you do try it, please let me know what you think and if you had any fun drinks at Coachella – I’d love to hear about it!

Coachella Cello

Coachella Cello Cockatail at (Limoncello, Sparkling Wine, Strawberry-Thyme Simple Syrup

(makes 1 cocktail)


  • 1 oz Limoncello
  • ¾ oz Strawberry-Thyme Simple Syrup
  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine
  • ice

  • Garnish:
  • thyme sprig


    Add limoncello and strawberry-thyme simple syrup to a champagne glass. Top with cold Champagne or sparkling wine (slowly - especially if you want the red color to stay at the bottom) and garnish with a thyme sprig. Can be served over ice, too. Enjoy!

    *Strawberry-Thyme Simple Syrup Recipe

  • 10 Strawberries (halved)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Place strawberries and thyme in small pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turned heat to simmer and leave for up to 20 minutes or until water turns red. Remove strawberries and thyme sprigs with a strainer and throw away. Add sugar and continue to simmer until sugar is dissolved (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool. Store leftover syrup in an airtight container and refrigerate.

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