Whether you’re hosting a glamorous New Year’s Eve fête or entertaining a few close friends at home, you need a cocktail to set the tone for the evening. While an elegant glass of champagne comes standard with any celebration (especially during the holidays), why not elevate your bubbly offerings with prosecco for a change of pace?
This sparkling Italian wine is the perfect mixer thanks to its light taste and inexpensive price tag, and its dry flavor can sub for champagne in almost any cocktail recipe. Combine with flavors like ginger, elderflower, pomegranate, or clementine for a gorgeous drink with surprising sweetness and tang. Your guests will praise your hosting abilities and wonder what flavors they’re tasting in their handcrafted cocktails.
Need a little inspiration? Test your bartending skills with these 17 bubbly prosecco cocktails, from sangria to bellini recipes.
Sparkling Fig and Honey Cocktail
The Cocktail: Sparkling Fig and Honey Cocktail
Why We Love It: This sparkling fig and honey cocktail from Hello Glow is brimming with delightfully unexpected flavors. If the fragrant flavors weren’t enough, this drink doubles as a skin-clearing, anti-aging concoction, thanks to the health benefits of the figs (think antioxidants and B vitamins).
Pro Tip: Garnish with extra thyme and fig slices to dress up this cocktail.
Pear and Cranberry Cocktails
The Cocktail: Pear and Cranberry Cocktails
Why We Love It: This elevated mimosa recipe from Minimalist Baker combines flavors of pear and cranberry for a naturally sweet yet tart beverage. The secret ingredient? Just a spoonful of maple syrup. Stock your bar cart and get ready to delight your guests with this playful bubbly concoction at your next gathering.
Pro Tip: This recipe originally calls for champagne, but prosecco works just as well.
Sparkly Clementine Pomegranate Cocktail
The Cocktail: Sparkly Clementine Pomegranate Cocktail
Why We Love It: Clementine is the hero ingredient of this sparkling cocktail recipe from Sugar Salted. Let the tangy flavors of clementine mix with sweet pomegranate for a luxe drink perfect for celebrating.
Pro Tip: Be sure to add a generous amount of prosecco and garnish your glass with a slice of clementine before serving.
Citrus and Ginger Sparkling Cocktail
The Cocktail: Citrus and Ginger Sparkling Cocktail
Why We Love It: Shake things up with a citrus and ginger cocktail from Spoon Fork Bacon. Lime, ginger, and tangerine notes play well with a dry champagne or prosecco. Make your own ginger syrup to really impress: All it takes is boiling water, sugar, and ginger.
Pro Tip: Garnish your cocktail with a lime peel for presentation points.
Pomegranate and Orange Punch Cocktail
The Cocktail: Pomegranate and Orange Punch Cocktail
Why We Love It: Savor a sparkling punch complete with mint-leaf ice cubes thanks to Foodie Crush. This batch drink is perfect for serving up at a large party. Mix all the ingredients in a punch bowl (use prosecco in place of champagne), and let guests serve themselves.
Pro Tip: Orange slices and pomegranate seeds make this drink extra flavorful and add to the beautiful presentation.
Easy Sparkling Sangria
The Cocktail: Easy Sparkling Sangria
Why We Love It: This sparkling cocktail from I Am a Food Blog is a play on everybody’s favorite sangria. Prosecco replaces red or white wine that usually serves as the base, while citrus juice, cinnamon, and assorted fruits combine for a refreshing cocktail that allows you to get creative and experiment with seasonal produce.
Pro Tip: For warmth, don't skip on the star anise and whole cinnamon sticks.
Fig Honey Thyme Prosecco Smash
The Cocktail: Fig Honey Thyme Prosecco Smash
Why We Love It: Half Baked Harvest brings you this fizzy prosecco cocktail that's packed with fun flavors like fig, plum, honey, and thyme. You might not expect to see these ingredients in the same recipe, but they taste and look beautiful together.
Pro Tip: Make sure you have the shaker, muddler, and strainer required to prepare this delicious drink.
Watermelon Ginger Aperol Spritz
The Cocktail: Watermelon Ginger Aperol Spritz
Why We Love It: This simple spritz from Salt & Wind calls for watermelon, Aperol, prosecco, and ginger for a bubbly concoction that tastes light and refreshing. The ruby-red color from the watermelon will look gorgeous when you see it in the hands of your mingling guests from across the room.
Pro Tip: Juice can be made up to 1 day ahead.
Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria
The Cocktail: Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria
Why We Love It: This sangria recipe from How Sweet Eats is refreshing and seasonal. Grapefruit adds a bit of tartness to ingredients including Riesling, prosecco, strawberry slices, and simple syrup.
Pro Tip: Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
The Light Hugo
The Cocktail: The Light Hugo
Why We Love It: This elderflower cocktail recipe from Sugar Salted calls for elderflower syrup, prosecco, mineral water, mint, and lime. It’s a play on the traditional Hugo cocktail, only much lighter. Think of it more of a spritzer—in other words, it’s perfect to serve up at a party when you need your guests to last until midnight.
Pro Tip: Garnish with a slice or two of lime, as an option.
Pear Pomegranate Bellini
The Cocktail: Pear Pomegranate Bellini
Why We Love It: Part sweet, and part tart, The Chunky Chef's pear pomegranate bellini cocktail recipe calls for pear brandy, prosecco, pomegranate arils, pomegranate juice, and pear. Combine all ingredients, top with a few ice cubes, and serve.
Pro Tip: Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig for color contrast.
Peach Prosecco Mojitos
The Cocktail: Peach Prosecco Mojitos
Why We Love It: This refreshing cocktail recipe from Melanie Makes takes classic mojito elements (muddled mint, and lots of lime) and adds a seasonal twist with peach, and calls for prosecco in place of soda water.
Pro Tip: Leftover simple syrup will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 weeks.
The Cocktail: Prosecco Sangria
Why We Love It: Julie Blanner's prosecco sangria cocktail recipe features peach and apricot flavors, and makes the perfect weekend brunch companion. A pitcher is great for parties and holidays as well, recommends Blanner. You'll need brandy, a peach, Prosecco, and apricot nectar.
Pro Tip: Use larger ice cubes to slow the dilution of the cocktail.
Ginger Bourbon Pear Sangria
The Cocktail: Ginger Bourbon Pear Sangria
Why We Love It: Ginger and cinnamon adds a spiced up kick to Yes to Yolks' sangria recipe. Additionally, you'll need bourbon, pear nectar, dry white wine, pomegranate arils, prosecco, and red and green pears for garnish.
Pro Tip: Top cocktails with prosecco and ginger ale (or seltzer) just before serving.
Negroni Spagliato Cocktail
The Cocktail: Negroni Spagliato
Why We Love It: This cocktail recipe from Salt & Wind is perfect for when we want a sipper that's stronger than a spritz, yet not as boozy as a Negroni. Instead of gin, as in a classic Negroni, this recipe calls for chilled prosecco, as well as sweet vermouth, Campari, and an orange twist for garnish.
Pro Tip: Add vermouth and Campari first before topping with the sparkling wine.