Plum and thyme Prosecco smash

Clearly I have a thing with stone fruits right now.  I feel like plums sometimes get left out, or at least in our house they do.  I'm not sure why because when ripe they are sweet and juicy and I happen to be quite fond of them.  Is it because all of the other fruits at the market sit with more vibrant colors, obnoxiously calling out to me as I pass "pick me, pick me" and the plum sits quietly, patiently waiting for the right customer to know it's value?  Well whatever the case, I went for the plums this week and I think I'm going to continue to give them the attention they deserve.  My plum and thyme prosecco smash highlights these beauties in the best way and is the perfect drink to serve for brunch over the weekend!
One of the things I miss most about brunch on the weekends is a great cocktail.  It's such a treat isn't it?  To have that bloody mary or bubbly at 10 or 11 in the morning...just starts the day off right. I'll be fixing my plum and thyme smash with sparkling water while I serve the real deal to the hubs, but at least I won't feel so left out.  I know, small sacrifices for growing a human...
This cocktail is easy to make and what I love about it is that it can be served at brunch of course for a fancier alternative to the mimosa, but it would also be lovely at happy hour or at your weekend dinner party!  A cocktail that can turn from day to night without hesitation is a cocktail that I want to be drinking!  

Ingredients:
* 2 Plums
* 6 Thyme Sprigs
* Juice from one Lemon
* 4 Tbsp. Thyme Simple Syrup (1/2 Cup of Sugar, 1/2 Cup of Water, bring to a boil, remove from heat, add thyme sprigs, stir, and let cool.  Chill until ready to use.)
* 1 Bottle of Prosecco or your favorite bubbly 
Directions:
* Peel and chop 2 plums.  
* Muddle the plums with the thyme simple syrup and lemon juice until all of the plum juices have been released.  (You can also muddle right in the glass if you prefer to have bits of fruit in your cocktail!)
* Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker.
* Pour over crushed ice evenly between two glasses.
* Top off with prosecco and garnish with extra plum slices and thyme sprigs. 
* Serve immediately.

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