The other day, my friend texted me with what should have been an easy question for a bubbly-drink lover like myself: "I just bought a bottle of Prosecco. What cocktail should I make?"
Had she asked me a few months ago, the answer would have been really obvious. An Aperol Spritz! May through September, the bright orange, just-boozy-enough crowd-pleaser is my pick whenever the occasion calls for bubbles (I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t love the drink). But there’s something that just feels off about toasting with a summer-weather refresher when the temperatures are starting to drop.
While I may not have had one go-to winter sparkler at the ready, that doesn’t mean I didn’t have an answer for her. Just the opposite—I had a whole bunch of ideas.
In case you ever find yourself in a similar predicament, we've rounded up 17 of our best Prosecco cocktails below for the chillier weather—and spring and summer, too. (Psst: We may be talking Prosecco here, but you can use any dry sparkling wine or Champagne you like or have on hand.)
1. Cynar Spritz
Instead of cutting the bubbly with just juice, here we're adding Cynar, an Italian bitter liqueur, into the mix—in the style of my summer jam, the Aperol Spritz.
2. Negroni Sbagliato
A lighter, bubblier riff on the Negroni—minus the gin.
3. Pom Fizz
This wintry fizz couldn't be simpler to make once you've got the pomegranate syrup handy (it calls for just one ingredient, pomegranate juice, and lasts in the fridge for up to two weeks).
4. Voilà l'Été: The French 75
A refreshing French 75 that actually prefers to be sipped from a laid-back tumbler, rather than a coupe glass.
Rum and honey take center stage in one of our favorite French 75 riffs.
6. Sunrise Over The Fjord
A grapefruit mimosa meets a spin on the French 75 in this crisp cocktail with aquavit, a Scandinavian spirit that's typically flavored with caraway.
7. Smashed Blackberry-Sage Spritz
An earthy-fruity take on a traditional spritz, with lightly muddled blackberries, sage, and pleasantly bitter Suze.
8. Italian Sparkler
When topped off with Prosecco, this citrusy sparkler feels just right for festive occasions, like a birthday or New Year's Eve.
9. Honeyed Peach Melba Bellinis
We love this rendition of a Bellini—it's light, fruity, just the right amount sweet, and ideal for brunching all year long.
10. Blood Orange French 75
The addition of fresh-squeezed blood orange juice makes this French 75 spin feel right at home during the winter months; the deep-red hue's a showstopper, too.
11. Aperitivo Frizzante
A two-ingredient effervescent cocktail to sip before dinnertime.
12. Mother's Ruin Punch
This punch, from the famous New York City bar Death & Co., has a bit of a cult following—make it at home (you can swap in Prosecco) and you'll see why.
13. Gin Spritz
Crisp, clean flavors—mint, lime, gin, and Prosecco—are what this spritz is all about.
14. Crimson Bulleit Punch
"This elixir has everything I look for in a holiday punch: a delicious ruby red color, the effervescence of Champagne, a hint of ginger spice, and enough sweetness (but not too much) to coax this rather potent punch down with ease," writes recipe author and community member Oui, Chef. (Feel free to swap in Prosecco here.)
15. Kiss the Ring, a Riff on the French 75
To balance out the acidity—and play off the citrusy notes—of the blood orange juice, Cointreau comes into the mix in this play on the French 75 (last one, we promise).
16. Rhubarb Lime Spritzer
"Rhubarb's bracing acidity and generous fragrance make it a perfect medium for drinks," says our co-founder Amanda Hesser. Here, it works wonders with vanilla, Prosecco, and fresh lime.
17. Aperol Spritz
Of course this list wouldn't be complete without our classic fave, the timeless Aperol Spritz.
What are your favorite Prosecco cocktails? Share your ideas in the comments!
This recipe was updated by the Food52 editors in October 2020 to include more bright, bubbly ways to use Prosecco in your cocktails.