Hurray! It is National Prosecco Week – a perfect reason to run to the store and buy a bottle or more of Prosecco. As you probably know, true Prosecco is only made in Northern Italy from the Glera grape. It is light, fruity and bubbly – a perfect drink before dinner, or many other occasions. When you shop for Prosecco make sure to look for the Prosecco DOC symbol to insure you are buying a true Prosecco approved by the Consorzio di Tutela – the Italian organization that monitors production.
So Many Prosecco Cocktail Recipes
The other great thing about Prosecco is it is perfect to use to make delicious and beautiful cocktails. The Consorzio di Tutela provides some excellent Prosecco Cocktail recipes on their website at this link. Following are a few that are very fun to try.
Rossini – A Prosecco Strawberry Smoothie
½ cup (10 CL) PROSECCO DOC
1 cup (5 CL) FRESH STRAWBERRIES
1 cup ICE
Directions: Pour the Prosecco Doc and fresh strawberries into a blender with ice. Puree, and then pour into a glass flute. Garnish with a strawberry.
¼ cup (5 CL) PROSECCO DOC BRUT
1 1/2 tablespoons (2,5 CL) VODKA
1 tablespoon (1,5 CL) CRÈME DE POIRE WILLIAM
1 tablespoon (1,5 CL) LEMON JUICE
1 DASH OF ANGOSTURA BITTERS
DRIED PEAR SLICE
Directions: Serve in large Prosecco glasses. This cocktail is built directly in the glasses. Fill the glass with ice cubes and place the dried pear garnish inside. Pour the Vodka, Crème de Poire, lemon juice and Angostura bitters and mix with a stirrer. Finish by topping off with Prosecco DOC and stir gently to avoid losing all the lovely bubbles.
Hugo – Prosecco with Elderberry and Mint
1/4 cup (6 CL) PROSECCO DOC
1 1/2 tablespoons (2 CL) ELDERBERRY SYRUP
1/4 cup (6 CL) SODA
Directions: Pour the Prosecco DOC, elderberry syrup and soda straight into a flared white wine glass with plenty of ice. Top with the mint leaves and stir gently with a bar spoon. Serve with a slice of lime.
Prosecco Fruit Bowl
1 glass (5 ounces) PROSECCO DOC
Mixed fruit cut into bite-size pieces (strawberries, cantaloupe, melon, peaches, etc.)
Directions: This recipe is courtesy of Brooke Sabel, a Master Teacher for Prosecco. Brook describes one of her favorite Prosecco recipes for brunch or dessert. Simply cut up some of your favorite types of fruit into bite size pieces. Toss in a bowl with a glass of Prosecco. Yum!