Prosecco cocktails are unmistakably elegant, the perfect aperitif for occasions where one wishes to radiate sophistication and style. Originating from Italy's Veneto region, the wine has a sweet, fragrant flavour rounded off with a subtle crispness, and works particularly well with fruit and citrus flavours – think of the refreshing tang of the Aperol spritz, a classic Italian cocktail. Prosecco is made using a different method to Champagne, that other sparkling wine behemoth, which in part contributes to its significantly lower cost. Prosecco cocktails can, therefore, be the perfect solution for budget-conscious drinks parties that still aim to impress.
This collection of Prosecco cocktail recipes contains plenty of inspiration, whether you're having a dinner party, drinks or unashamedly decadent brunch. If you're looking for a crisp summer cocktail with a hefty kick try Monica Shaw's gin cocktail recipe, mixed with elderflower and Prosecco, or Rosanna McPhee's Watermelon, rosemary and Prosecco sorbet which is part cocktail, part boozy dessert.
Whatever the weather Campari and Prosecco will always be superb partners in crime, and Bruno Loubet's Death in Venice is finished with grapefruit bitters for an extra twist of sharpness. Simple to prepare, this drink would make a fantastic Christmas cocktail as the chef has designed it to pair perfectly with his smoked salmon canapé recipe.