We all know that Prosecco is a tasty tipple served on its own, but did you know that Northern Italy’s famous sparkling wine also makes a great ingredient for cocktails?
Whether it’s for impressing friends at a party or enjoying with a loved one at home on a Friday night, here are 12 easy Prosecco cocktails you can make yourself.
Note: all the measures are in European ml. We’ve added oz with some rounding. If you can, follow the ml measures.
1. Aperol Spritz
With its vibrant orange appearance and aromatic citrusy taste, Italy’s famous Aperol Spritz is one of the best Prosecco based cocktails to enjoy alfresco on a sunny afternoon.
In just one sip you’ll be transported to a charming Piazza in Venice, watching gondolas float down the canals with your cocktail in hand as you wait for a plate of freshly made pasta to arrive on your table.
What is Aperol Spritz?
Aperol Spritz is one of Northern Italy’s most popular apéritifs, made up predominantly of just two ingredients; Aperol and Prosecco.
Aperol is a classic Italian bitter liqueur, often described as the less alcoholic little brother of Campari, made of an infusion of herbs and roots including orange and rhubarb.
Aperol Spritz Ingredients
- Orange slice
- Plenty of ice
How to make Aperol Spritz
Combine 3 parts Prosecco with 2 parts Aperol then finish with a dash of soda and an orange slice to garnish, all served over ice. Fortunately, the Aperol Spritz recipe is not a difficult one to master.
Did you know Italy’s Prosecco region is just one hour from Venice? It’s the perfect day trip from Venice. Why go to see glass making in Murano when you could be wine tasting, sipping Prosecco from a glass instead? Find out how to take a tour of the Prosecco region here.
A refreshing Italian Prosecco cocktail which is acceptable to drink with breakfast, what’s not to love about a bellini?
Much like fellow Prosecco cocktail, Aperol Spritz, its origins lie in the north of Italy. Or more specifically, at the now-famous Harry’s Bar in Venice which is where founder Giuseppe Cipriani first created this delicious peach and Prosecco cocktail.
What is a Bellini?
A bellini is an easy Prosecco cocktail to make yourself, consisting simply of Prosecco and peach puree.
What’s the difference between a Bellini and a Mimosa?
A Mimosa is a staple on the USA Sunday brunch scene and is traditionally a blend of Champagne and freshly squeezed orange juice. Here in the UK, we call the same drink a Bucks Fizz. The problem is, most Mimosas (and Bucks Fizz) swerve the Champagne in favour of cheaper sparkling wine and some don’t even use OJ that’s fresh. Our view: it’s better to go for a Bellini where you stand a chance of getting Prosecco and fresh fruit, since peach purée is less often found in cheap cartons of juice.
- Peach purée
How to make a Bellini
Fill your glass with around 1/3rd peach purée then top up the rest with Prosecco and there you have it.
The original Bellini recipe uses puréed white peaches, however as these are seasonal, yellow peaches or peach nectar are often substituted instead.
If you’d like to have a go at making the purée yourself you’ll need to peel several peaches, cut into wedges and place in a food processor with a couple of teaspoons of sugar.
Although many people prefer to stick to the original peach bellini recipe, you can also make other variations to suit your personal taste, including a strawberry bellini or raspberry bellini – just substitute the flavour of purée you use.
During the summer you can also try making a frozen peach bellini by combining frozen peaches, sugar and Prosecco in a blender.
3. Pornstar Martini
What is now one the most popular cocktails in the UK, the Pornstar Martini was invented in 2002 at The Townhouse bar in Knightsbridge by founder Douglas Ankrah who is also the founder of the LAB (London Academy of Bartending) bar.
He originally named the cocktail the Maverick Martini but later changed the name to the Pornstar Martini because “it’s pure indulgence, sexy, fun and evocative”.
What’s in a pornstar martini?
The pornstar martini cocktail is a sweet and zingy vodka-based drink made with vanilla and passionfruit.
Although it is almost always included in lists of Prosecco cocktails, the Prosecco doesn’t actually go inside the cocktail, but rather, by its side. Don’t worry, the Pornstar Martini recipe is still a quick one to put together.
Pornstar martini ingredients
- 50ml/1.5oz Vanilla Vodka (such as Absolut)
- 20m/3/4/ozl Passion Fruit Liquor (such as Passoã)
- 20ml/3/4oz Vanilla Syrup
- 30ml/1oz Passionfruit Puree
- 15ml/half oz Freshly Squeezed Lime
- Passion Fruit Slice
How to make a pornstar martini
Mix together all of the above ingredients (except the Prosecco) in a cocktail shaker with ice, then serve in a martini glass with a passionfruit slice garnish. Serve a chilled shot glass of Prosecco on the side.
How to drink a pornstar martini
While many people believe that the shot of Prosecco should be poured in with the rest of the cocktail, the original pornstar martini recipe instructs that you should either sip alternatively from each glass or start by drinking the Prosecco, using it as a palate cleanser for the rest of the drink. If you decide to double up on your Prosecco measures to go alongside your Pornstar martini cocktail, we won’t judge.
How to buy good Prosecco? Even in a cocktail, using high quality Prosecco is important. We’ve written a whole post about how to choose good Prosecco here.
Fun Prosecco fact: there is a Prosecco vending machine in the heart of Italy’s Prosecco region. You can read more about it here.
4. The Hugo
The Hugo is a summery aperitif which originates from the South Tyrolean region of Alto Adige of Northern Italy but is also extremely popular in neighbouring Austria and Switzerland.
What is a Hugo cocktail?
A refreshing spritz-style low alcohol cocktail consisting of Prosecco, soda water, elderflower syrup and mint leaves.
- 20ml/3/4 oz Soda Water (or Sparkling Water)
- 1-2 teaspoons of Elderflower Syrup
- Mint Leaves
- Lime Wedge
How to make a Hugo cocktail
Add the mint leaves, lime wedge and plenty of ice to a glass. Combine the elderflower syrup and soda water then top up the rest of the glass with a generous serving of Prosecco.
If you want to make this cocktail a little more alcoholic, you can always swap the elderflower syrup for an elderflower liqueur instead.
The Sgroppino is certainly one of the oldest Prosecco cocktails around, dating all the way back to 15th-century Venice when aristocrats would consume it in between courses at a dinner party as a refreshing palate cleanser.
What is a Sgroppino?
The sgroppino is a vodka and Prosecco cocktail blended with lemon sorbet to make a sweet and refreshing drink. A great cocktail to enjoy on a hot summers day or to have as an alcoholic dessert substitute at a dinner party.
- 30ml/1 oz Vodka
- 1 Scoop of Lemon Sorbet
How to make a Sgroppino
Make sure all three ingredients are nice and chilled, place them all in a blender then pour into a cold glass to drink.
6. Elderflower Gin Fizz
A fun twist on the classic gin and tonic to impress your friends with.
What is Elderflower Gin Fizz?
A fresh and elegant gin and Prosecco cocktail perfect for enjoying outside in the summer.
The delicate floral flavour of the elderflower is pretty subtle so you’re going to want to use good quality gin and Prosecco for this one.
Which gin to use in a Gin Fizz?
We recommend Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire, in that order. Both are good, high-quality all-rounders that can easily elevate the delicate flavour of the Elderflower.
Elderflower Gin Fizz Ingredients
- 50ml/1.5 oz Gin
- 30ml/1 oz Elderflower Liqueur
- 15ml/half oz Lemon Juice
- Lemon & Lime Slices
- Mint Leaves
How to make an Elderflower Gin Fizz
Mix together the gin and elderflower liqueur in a shaker with ice, pour into a glass then top with Prosecco. Finish with the lemon, lime and mint garnish.
Did you know you can spend a day learning how to make your own gin in London? You can read more about it here.
7. Pink Gin Fizz
This pink gin and Prosecco creation is not only one of the easiest Prosecco cocktails to make but also one of the prettiest.
Pink Gin Fizz Ingredients
- 50ml/1.5 oz Pink Gin
- 50ml/1.5 oz Lemonade
Which gin to use in a Pink Gin Fizz?
This is really going to come down to personal preference because no two pink gins are the same. We recommend reading the back of the bottle to see which fruits have been used to pink the gin. You might be surprised to see that the fruits vary widely from strawberry to raspberry to apple and even grapefruit and pink peppercorns. Choose the base flavour that you’ll enjoy. Or buy a couple and experiment.
How to make Pink Gin Fizz
Simply combine the gin and lemonade in a glass then top up with Prosecco.
8. Prosecco Margaritas
Italy and Mexico – not two nationalities whose cultures are usually combined – but it certainly works when you add Prosecco to the classic margarita. A match made in heaven.
Prosecco Margarita Ingredients
- 50ml/1.5 oz Blanco Tequila
- 60ml/2 oz Lime Juice
- 20ml/3/4 oz Triple Sec or Cointreau (Depending on how alcoholic you want it to be)
- 5ml/dash Syrup (Algarve preferably)
- Lime Slices
- Coarse Salt for Glass Rims
How to make a Prosecco Margarita
First rim the glass with salt by rubbing a piece of lime around the edge then dipping it in the salt to make sure the entire circumference is covered. Then mix together the tequila, lime juice, triple sec and syrup and pour into the glass. Top up with Prosecco.
Margaritas are an easy drink to make in bulk and are therefore one of the best Prosecco cocktails for a crowd, such as a summer garden party or other special events. Just make sure you add the Prosecco as you serve each glass to keep the sparkle alive.
Want to know more about Tequila? Check out my post about how to drink tequila like a Mexican over on my travel blog.
9. Negroni Sbagliato
If you translate ‘sbagliato’ from Italian to English it means ‘mistaken’, which is exactly how this now popular Prosecco cocktail was created – by mistake.
Back in 1972, Mirko Stocchetto from Bar Basso in Milan accidentally added sparkling wine to a Negroni instead of gin, leading to the creation of the Negroni Sbagliato.
What is a Negroni Sbagliato?
The classic Negroni but with Prosecco instead of gin.
Negroni Sbagliato Ingredients
- 30ml/1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 30ml/1 oz Campari
- 30ml/1 oz Prosecco
How to make a Negroni Sbagliato
Mix together equal parts of all 3 ingredients in a lowball glass with ice.
10. Bakewell Fizz
While many of the Prosecco cocktails on this list are best served chilled on a hot summer’s day, the rich Bakewell Fizz is great during the winter months too, whether it’s sitting by the fire on a frosty evening or even at Christmas celebrations with friends and family.
What is a Bakewell Fizz? A cocktail using Disaronno amaretto, maraschino liqueur and Prosecco to recreate the sweet cherry and almond taste of the popular Bakewell Tart.
Bakewell Fizz Ingredients
- 50ml/1.5 oz Disaronno Amaretto
- 25ml3/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur
- Maraschino Cherries
How to make a Bakewell Fizz
Place a cherry a the bottom of a glass (champagne flute works well) then add some of the maraschino liqueur and let it soak for a while. Next, add the rest of the maraschino liqueur and the Disaronno amaretto, then fill the remainder of the glass with Prosecco.
11. Christmas Prosecco Punch
The Christmas Prosecco Punch is another great Christmas Prosecco cocktail you can make in bulk for an office Christmas party or festive get together with friends. And look at those ingredients – it’s almost healthy.
- Cranberry Juice
- Pomegranate Juice
- Orange Juice
- Orange Liqueur
- Pomegranate Seeds
How to make Christmas Prosecco Punch
Combine all of the juices, the vodka and orange liqueur in a bowl or jug then top up with Prosecco. You can mix up the proportions of each juice depending on personal taste. Use the cranberries, oranges and pomegranate seeds to garnish. If you’re making a large punch bowl for a party or event, make the rest of the cocktail in advance then add the Prosecco at the last minute just before you’re ready to serve.
Planning a trip to Italy? Check out the best Christmas Markets here.
12. Prosecco on its own
As shown throughout this post, Prosecco is a versatile drink which can be used in a variety of different Prosecco cocktails. However, it’s important not to forget how great this Italian sparkling wine can be on its own too.
No need to wait for a special occasion to pop open the Prosecco. Instead, try pairing a nice chilled glass with some classic Italian aperitivo snacks (olives, nuts, crostini) and you’ve got yourself a perfect weekend treat.
Want to try the latest style of Prosecco, popular in Italy?
If you fancy trying something different from your everyday Prosecco, try a Col Fondo instead.
Col Fondo is the traditional and more natural method of producing Prosecco which undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle and is not disgorged, meaning the sediment (or lees) stays present in the bottle, giving it a cloudy appearance. Taste-wise, Col Fondo wines are less fizzy and much drier than the better-known Prosecco most people drink today.
Did you know there is an annual Prosecco festival in Italy’s Prosecco region? It’s held in a castle (obviously) and it’s every bit as magical as it sounds. Read more here.
Want to go wine tasting in Italy’s Prosecco region? Just one hour from Venice, you can find out about taking a wine tour here.
So, there you have 12 Prosecco cocktails you can make at home. Have you tried any? Let us know in the comments below.
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