Prosecco, a favorite go-to white wine for bachelorette parties and other boisterous bashes, is great on its own but can also be mixed into cocktails. One of the most popular Prosecco, the Bellini is a peach nectar and Prosecco combo created sometime in the 1940's in Venice, Italy. Since then, mixologists have discovered many kinds of ingredients to mix with Prosecco for some truly tasty drinks.
Sparkling wines like Prosecco make excellent bases for fruit juice drinks. In addition to peach nectar, other juices that blend well with Prosecco include orange , apple, cranberry, tangerine and even pomegranate. For a quick recipe, fill a champagne flute with any of the juices 1/2 way and top it off with equal parts Prosecco. For a bold tasting fruity drink, try a watermelon Bellini. Mix equal parts watermelon juice and Prosecco with a splash of lemon juice and a pinch of superfine sugar.
Ice Cold Treats
Prosecco mixes well with frozen sweet treats like ice cream and sorbet. An easy ice cream cocktail is the lemon chill; combine 1 part vodka, 2 parts Prosecco and a scoop of lemon ice cream and blend until the mixture is slushy. You can also use gelato or sorbet in place of the ice cream. Make Bellinis with peach sorbet instead of nectar or mixed berry floats, which are layers of blackberry, strawberry and lemon sorbet covered with Prosecco. There are endless combos of Prosecco and sorbet drinks, so try experimenting with your own recipes.
Bitter And Sweet
Bitter flavors also blend well with Prosecco--plus they add a more pronounced flavor and effervescence to the already sparkling wine. Bitters --- such as Campari and Angostura --- are low-proof but strong tasting alcoholic beverages made from botanical ingredients, which help stimulate appetite and aid digestion. The Campari sparkling passion combines two parts each Campari and Prosecco, 1 part grapefruit juice and a splash of passion fruit puree. A simple Angostura bitter and Prosecco drink is called the Prosecco cocktail; a sugar cube doused in bitters then topped with Prosecco.
Prosecco and spirits like vodka and gin go together well and make for some tasty cocktails. A good rule for mixing liquor and Prosecco is to only mix it with clear liquors, and avoid darker ones like whiskey and scotch. A simple and colorful vodka and Prosecco cocktail is the bloody scary-- 1 part each Campari and simple syrup and 2 parts each vodka and blood orange juice, topped with Prosecco. A flavorful gin and Prosecco drink is the Negroni di Fiori, which is equal parts Campari, gin and hibiscus simple syrup topped with Prosecco.
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