The best Italian Prosecco
Forget the price and pretension of fancy champagne! If you want to stay cool this summer enjoy a cold glass of light and bubbly Italian Prosecco.
Produced in the northeastern Italian regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, Prosecco is a sparkling wine that comes in two styles: spumante (extra bubbly) and frizzante (lightly sparkling). Unlike Champagne, Prosecco is best when it is not aged. Some of the most popular brands available abroad include Mionetto, La Marca and Cavit Lunetta. The Italian bubbly is perfect for a celebratory toast, pre-dinner drinks in the Italian style of aperitivo or as an accompaniment to a meal (try it with sushi!).
In Italy Prosecco is a wine that works for any occasion and, since it should be served at around 40º F, a cooler temperature than other wines, it is the best choice for a summer drink. Here are three of our favorite refreshing Prosecco cocktails.
Invented by Giuseppe Cipriani sometime between 1934 and 1948 at Harry’s Bar in Venice, the Bellini is without any doubt the most famous Prosecco cocktail. Prepare it at home and join the illustrious list of Bellini aficionados, which includes Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis and Orson Welles.
3/10 part Prosecco
7/10 part peach purée
1 half teaspoon seedless raspberry purée
Pour the peach and the raspberry purée in an ice-cold flute and add Prosecco. Garnish with a slice of peach or a raspberry.
A strawberry-red variant of the Bellini, the Rossini pays homage to the italian composer Giocchino Rossini.
1/3 strawberry purée
Pour the strawberry purée in an ice-col flute and add Prosecco. Garnish with a strawberry.
The Mimosa is best known as a Sunday brunch favorite, but did you know that the name probably derives from a popular yellow Italian flower? Give it a try with Prosecco for a delicious Italian twist.
4/10 freshly squeezed orange juice
Filter the orange juice and pour it in a flute. Add ice-cold Prosecco, stir and serve.