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I know it isn’t the case, but Prosecco seems to have arrived in recent times and is suddenly everywhere.  Now I’ve never been a huge champagne fan (sorry!) because it is very dry and sharp.  But with Prosecco, you get that bubbly quality but a slightly softer, sweeter taste.  Both sparkling wines are also great for cocktails but today we are just looking at the best Prosecco cocktails to try.

What is Prosecco?

Prosecco is a sparkling wine that comes from Italy, whereas champagne comes from the region of France that carries its name.  The grapes involved are also different – champagne is sometimes made from a single variety or sometimes a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  Prosecco is made from a single type of grape, the Glera grape.

Prosecco cocktails - a bottle of Prosecco

The other big difference is how it is made.  Both use a second fermentation process that adds the bubbles to the wine but with Prosecco, this often happens in a large tank.  This method means the yeast doesn’t impact the flavour as much and that’s why it tends to taste fruitier than champagne.  Lastly, there’s the ageing period – at least six months for Prosecco but at least 15 months for champagne.

Two or three ingredient Prosecco cocktails

One of the simplest ways to make Prosecco cocktails is to add another ingredient that changes the colour and flavour of the sparkling wine.  These are also the simplest types of Prosecco cocktails to make at home as you need very little in the way of special bar equipment.

Prosecco Royale

This is a take on the Kir Royale and uses the same idea – one part creme de cassis with a tablespoon of lemon juice then three parts Prosecco added.  You can decorate with a cocktail stick containing some blueberries or blackberries and a sprig of thyme.

Hibiscus prosecco

I actually saw the Hibiscus flowers recently in a little jar in Lakeland so I know this is an easy one to do.  Add the flower and a teaspoon’s worth of its syrup to the bottom of the glass and top with Prosecco.  Leave the flower there, it gives the drink a lovely fruity flavour!

Raspberry Prosecco Bellini

Another twist on a classic, this one uses a raspberry liqueur which is added to the champagne flute with a sprig of fresh basil.  Top with Prosecco and enjoy a pretty pink drink.

Disaronno Shimmer

Disaronno is an almond flavoured liqueur (which my husband is very fond of) and makes everything taste a bit like marzipan to me!  This Disaronno Shimmer cocktail uses Prosecco with just one tbsp of Disaronno and 3 blackberries to embellish it.

Tasty cocktails

You don’t need to limit yourself to two or three ingredient Prosecco cocktails either as there are lots that take a little more work but are worth it.

Peach Bellini

This is one of the classics and originally used white peach nectar with the Prosecco.  It was created back in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani at Harry’s Bar in Venice.  It has led to many variations but making the original doesn’t take too much work.

Ingredients:

  • 2 fresh peaches, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bottle chilled Prosecco
  • Optional – sugar syrup to sweeten

If you are using sugar syrup, either make it first and leave to cool or use a pre-made product from the supermarket.  Add the peaches and lemon juice to a blender and blend until smooth.  Add 1-2 tablespoons of the puree and a few drops of syrup into a champagne flute then fill to about halfway with Prosecco and gently stir.

Peach puree ready to add the Prosecco

Bakewell fizz

Kirsch is a cherry flavoured liqueur and you can also get Kirsch-soaked cherries in the supermarket.  For this cocktail, add a tablespoon of kirsch with one cherry in a flute then add one part Disaronno and three parts Prosecco.

Classic Italian Spritz Cocktail

This is a great party cocktail that has a higher alcohol level than some cocktails and lots of bubbles.  You need 2 ounces of Aperol or Campari, 3 ounces of Prosecco and 1 ounce of sparkling mineral water.  Add the ingredients to a glass and garnish with a slice of orange.

Sbagliato

This cocktail is like a cousin of the Negroni and uses a sweet vermouth such as Martini Bianco.  Mix one part vermouth with one part Campari and four parts Prosecco then garnishes with a twist of orange zest.

Prosecco pomander

Clementines are always a bit of a Christmas thing to me, I think because Mum always seemed to insist on having them in over the holidays.  This cocktail mixes the juice of one clementine with one part Cointreau and three parts Prosecco.  Garnish by taking a slice of clementine studded with cloves and a sprig of rosemary (or just a slice of clementine if you like!)

Prosecco French 77

There are lots of interesting flavours in this Prosecco cocktail and it is an adaptation of the classic French 77.  You want one part elderflower cordial, one of lemon juice and one of gin.  Add to a cocktail shaker with ice and then strain into a tall glass.  Top with the Prosecco and serve with a couple of mint leaves and a lemon twist.

Pink & Tonic

Gordon’s has been making gin for a long time, but their new addition is a pink gin with raspberries and strawberries.  So there have been lots of people coming up with cocktails to use this tasty new gin and this is one.  All you need is 50ml Pink gin, 50ml lemonade and 25ml Prosecco for a pretty and tasty sparkling drink.

Hedgerow Royale

The Hedgerow Royale caught my eye for the name which made me smile but there’s quite a punch in the drink itself.  You need 50ml prosecco, 1 rosemary sprig, 25ml sloe gin and the same of cherry brandy.  Add ice to a couple glass and then rosemary, muddling a little to release the flavour.  Add the gin and brandy to sit at the bottom then top with the Prosecco which will stay on the top.

Simple and fun

The thing about Prosecco cocktails is that they are often simple and fun.  The sparkling wine lends itself to working perfectly with lots of flavours and it is less expensive than its French cousin, so people are happier to experiment!

Have you tried a Prosecco cocktail?  I’d love to hear about your favourites in the comments!