Prosecco is a refreshing drink when served on its own. But the sparkling wine from Italy is also a key ingredient in many tasty cocktails. Prosecco cocktails have surged in popularity over the past decade. For those of us who love prosecco, it's easy to understand why.
You might want to invite a few friends over for drinks or just spend a quiet evening at home with your favorite cocktail. Here's our list of prosecco cocktails recipes for any occasion.
Prosecco Cocktail Recipes
1- Aperol Spritz
Italy's Aperol Spritz is one of the best prosecco cocktails for a warm, sunny afternoon. The drink has a bright orange appearance and offers a citrus aroma. Its two main ingredients are Aperol and prosecco, making it an easy cocktail for any occasion.
If you walk through a northern Italian city or town during the late afternoon, you'll likely see groups of people enjoying Aperol Spritzes. It's a long-established tradition in Italy and, luckily for us, it's easy enough to replicate anywhere.
In 1919, the apéritif, a traditional pre-dinner drink in Italy, was created. Aperol originated in Padua and has always been a popular apéritif choice because of its low alcohol content.
The Aperol Spritz gained popularity in the United States in the 2010s when people were seeking drinks with lower contents of alcohol. It's a great drink to make at home because you can combine the three main cocktail ingredients in a glass of ice without shaking. Here's our Aperol Spritz recipe to make one of the most popular prosecco cocktails.
3 ounces prosecco
2 ounces Aperol
1-ounce club soda-not to be mixed up with tonic water
orange slice garnish
Add the prosecco, Aperol, and club soda to a wine glass with ice and stir. Garnish it with an orange slice.
The Prosecco Mimosa is a classic brunch cocktail that's easy to make. It's refreshing and only needs two ingredients- reasons why it's such a popular drink to create at home.
In 1925, bartender Frank Meier of the Ritz Hotel in Paris created it from sparkling wine and orange juice. He later included it in his book "The Artistry of Mixing Drinks," published in 1936. It was the first time the recipe appeared in print, and it has been a worldwide sensation ever since.
We recommend choosing a high-quality sparkling wine and using fresh orange juice. Make sure you don't add too much orange juice, as you want it to complement your prosecco, not overpower it. Here's our recipe for how to make a Mimosa for this weekend's brunch.
2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
Pour the orange juice into a champagne flute. Top with prosecco.
The Sgroppino is another export from Italy that the world has fully embraced. It's a combination of prosecco, vodka, and sorbet. The drink originated in Venice and functions as a cocktail and a dessert.
Fortunately, this is also one of the easy prosecco cocktails to make at home. It only requires three ingredients, and they don't need a cocktail shaker. Add the ingredients into a bowl and stir until you have a nice smooth mixture. A cold, delicious Sgroppino is a perfect treat after dinner on a hot summer evening.
2 ounces prosecco (chilled)
1 scoop lemon sorbet
Combine the prosecco, vodka, and lemon sorbet into a bowl. Stir until creamy and smooth. Pour into a white wine glass.
4- Negroni Sbagliato
This punch is a great drink to make for your next party. It's also ideal as a single serving for a quiet, relaxing evening at home.
750 (each) ml sweet vermouth, Campari, prosecco
1 cup assorted fruit
grated cinnamon garnish
Pour the sweet vermouth and Campari into a punch bowl and add large ice cubes. Add the fruit and top with prosecco. Stir gently and garnish with cinnamon.
5- Prosecco Royale
The Prosecco Royale cocktail gained inspiration (and part of its name) from the classic Kir Royale cocktail. It's an example of how prosecco cocktails came about from experimentation with classic cocktail recipes.
3 teaspoon crème de cassis
Pour half teaspoon crème de cassis into a tall champagne flute and top with chilled prosecco.
The Hugo cocktail originated in the Alto Adige region of northern Italy but is also very popular in neighboring countries like Austria and Switzerland. It's a refreshing spritz with low alcohol content. The Hugo consists of prosecco, soda water, mint leaves, and elderflower syrup.
0.75 ounces soda water
2 teaspoons of elderflower syrup
Add the mint leaves, lime wedge, and plenty of ice to a glass. Pour the soda water and elderflower syrup in, then top it with prosecco.
If you're craving something different than a Mimosa for brunch, switch it up by replacing orange juice with peach puree.
This drink came out of Harry's Bar in Venice- yet another gift from Italy to cocktail lovers worldwide. Numerous visitors stop by Harry's to try a Bellini- one of the best cocktails they offer.
It's an easy prosecco cocktail to make at home, consisting of just prosecco and peach puree. As with a Mimosa, make sure you use fresh peach puree instead of cheap stuff. Check out our quick and easy Bellini recipe.
1.5 ounces fresh white peach puree
peach slice garnish
Pour the peach puree into a champagne flute. Add the prosecco and garnish with the peach slice.
8- Pornstar Martini
British bartender Douglas Ankrah of Knightsbridge created the Pornstar Martini in 2002. It has quickly become one of the most popular vodka-based drinks and favorite cocktails with prosecco.
The Pornstar Martini cocktail is a sweet and zesty drink made with vodka, vanilla, and passionfruit. It's unique because the prosecco doesn't go inside the drink. The prosecco comes in a separate glass on the side.
1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
0.75 ounces passionfruit liquor
0.75 ounces vanilla syrup
1-ounce passionfruit puree
0.5 ounce freshly squeezed lime
There are two variations of how to drink a Pornstar Martini. Many pour the prosecco directly into the cocktail.
Some prefer it separately, sipping it before the other cocktail. Others drink it as a palate cleanser between sips. Regardless of how you make it, a Pornstar Martini is a tasty cocktail that's easy to make.
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, then serve in a martini glass with a slice of passionfruit. Serve a chilled shot of prosecco on the side.
9-Watermelon Mint Punch
Watermelon is a juicy, refreshing treat on a hot summer day, but it can also double as a drink holder. Watermelon Mint Punch proves that watermelon can serve that purpose. It also plays a key role in serving one of the most delicious prosecco cocktails there is.
Start with a mini watermelon and carve out a portion of its insides. Next, put the fruit chunks into a blender with mint leaves until smooth.
Combine that mixture with vodka, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup, and pour it back into the watermelon. Add the prosecco at the end to give it some sparkle.
1 mini watermelon
6 mint leaves
4 ounces vodka
2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
1-ounce simple syrup
lime wheels and mint sprig garnish
Use a large spoon to carve out the inside of half a mini watermelon and set it aside. Add the watermelon chunks and mint leaves to a blender and puree until smooth. Strain the puree into a container, getting rid of the solids (about 1 cup of juice should remain).
In the carved half of watermelon, add ice cubes, vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, and 5 ounces of the watermelon mint juice.
Top with prosecco and garnish with lime wheels and mint sprig. This drink may even fit the aphrodisiac meaning, it's that good.
10- Bakewell Fizz
Many of the prosecco cocktails on our list are perfect summer cocktails, but here's one that's also great during the winter months. The Bakewell Fizz is a rich cocktail that uses Disaronno Amaretto, maraschino liqueur, and prosecco for sweet cherry and almond flavoring.
1.5 ounces Disaronno Amaretto
0.75 ounces maraschino liqueur
Place a maraschino cherry at the bottom of a champagne flute. Add some maraschino liqueur and let it soak for a bit to create a burst of cherry flavor.
Next, pour in the rest of the maraschino liqueur and the Disaronno Amaretto. Fill the remainder with prosecco.
Drinking Prosecco Is Always a Good Idea
It might be a snowy winter evening or a hot summer afternoon. Either way, there are easy prosecco cocktails on our list that can be prepared in a few minutes.
After all, wouldn't you agree that drinking prosecco is always a good idea? Even if one of these drinks falls into the 86 meaning, you'll certainly find a few more available at any bar, any time.