Sparkling wine isn’t just for sipping. It also makes a great mixer for unique effervescent cocktails.
The best part about these cocktails? You can enjoy them morning, noon or night. They’re just as suitable for New Year’s brunch as they are to ring in the New Year at midnight! How many cocktails can say that? They’re boozy, bubbly, and downright brilliant.
We developed two unique cocktail recipes using sparkling wines from Palm Bay International. You may think of sparkling wine as just white, but if you’ve never tried sparkling rosé or sparkling red, you are truly missing out.
The Grapefruit Hibiscus Royale combines fresh grapefruit juice with elderflower liqueur and a ginger-hibiscus sugar syrup. It’s then topped with sparkling rosé. Pink on top of pink on top of pink! We added a preserved hibiscus flower in syrup for a garnish (though they’re tasty, too!).
A classic Italian spritz features Aperol (a bitter orange aperitif) and prosecco. Our Sicilian Gin Spritz adds gin, fresh blood orange juice (regular orange juice is fine too), vanilla bean, and Meyer lemon sugar syrup for an incredibly flavorful and bright cocktail. Choose either the Lunetta Prosecco or the Bottega Gold Prosecco for this wine cocktail. Serve over ice and garnish with a blood orange slice or a twist of orange peel.
What’s the difference between prosecco and champagne anyway? Well, champagne is from the Champagne region of France and Prosecco is always from Italy, for one. (In the US we call our sparkling white wines California Champagne or, simply, sparkling white wine – how original.) In flavor, prosecco is usually sweeter and fruitier than champagne (since it is aged for less time), making it perfect for mixing with fruit juices and other liquors in cocktails. And the best news of all? Prosecco is usually less expensive than champagne, so grab a few extra bottles for your next party!
We used Lunetta Prosecco and rosé in these bubbly cocktails, but Palm Bay International also wanted to highlight two other unique sparkling wines perfect for the season of celebration:
Roscato Rosso Dolce is an irresistibly unique wine since most sparkling wines are white or rose in color. This red one carries notes of sweet red fruit and is perfect when served as an aperitif or digestif at the beginning or end of a meal.
Bottega Gold Prosecco is a perfect celebration wine. Enjoy with lighter fare and appetizers, seafood main courses or celebratory desserts. Might I suggest serving this wine (in its gorgeous gold bottle) on New Year’s Eve?
We store our sparkling wine in our KitchenAid® Beverage Center. Palm Bay International recommends serving these sparkling wines chilled, on average from 40 to 50º F (slightly warmer, ideally 50-55º F, for the sparkling red wine). The Beverage Center features two adjustable temperature zones, with the upper zone topping out at 40º F. It’s perfect for chilled sparkling beverages, and the large champagne-sized bottles fit perfectly in front of the interior shelf (the rest of the upper zone is filled with soda for me and beer for my husband). The Roscato Rosso Dolce can also be stored in the lower pull-outs, designed for standard-sized wine bottles.
If you’ve never thought to use sparkling wine in cocktails beyond the ubiquitous mimosa, these recipes are a great place to start!
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Grapefruit Hibiscus Royale
Makes 1 serving
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers
1″ piece fresh ginger, peeled and quartered
Grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
St. Germain elderflower liqueur
Lunetta Sparkling Rosé
Hibiscus flowers in syrup, for garnish
Combine sugar with 1/2 cup filtered water in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add hibiscus flowers and ginger and bring to a simmer. Cover and remove from heat.
Let steep for 10 minutes, then strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove solids. Let cool. (Syrup can be made ahead of time; store in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.)
Place one hibiscus flower in a champagne glass. Combine 1 ounce grapefruit juice, 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur, and 1/4 ounce sugar syrup per glass. For larger quantities, these ingredients can be mixed together beforehand (just make sure to keep the overall proportions the same). Top with Lunetta Sparkling Rosé.
Sicilian Gin Spritz
Makes 1 serving
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 strips Meyer lemon peel
1/2 vanilla bean (pod only, save the seeds for something else yummy!)
Blood orange juice, freshly squeezed
1 ounce gin
1/2 ounce Aperol
Lunetta Prosecco or Bottega Gold Prosecco
Combine sugar with 1/2 cup filtered water in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add vanilla bean and lemon peel and bring to a simmer. Cover and remove from heat.
Let steep for 10 minutes, then strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove solids. Let cool. (Syrup can be made ahead of time; store in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks).
Fill a lowball glass with ice. Add 2 ounces blood orange juice, 1 ounce gin, 1/2 ounce Aperol, and 1/4 ounce sugar syrup per glass. For larger quantities, these ingredients can be mixed together beforehand (just make sure to keep the overall proportions the same). Top with either Lunetta Prosecco or Bottega Gold Prosecco.
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