Christmas, but more fizzy
That light-hearted Christmas feeling is just great, isn’t it? Relaxing with the family, catching up with old friends you haven’t seen in ages, pushing the boat out a little more than usual with your celebrations. Everyone’s fun side comes out at Christmas and in that very spirit we’ve been experimenting with some Christmas Prosecco cocktails for you to embellish your get-togethers with. Just grab some bottles of our multi award winning Prosecco and get mixing!
Christmas Pear Prosecco
Let’s not worry too much about the diet for a few days. You can always take advantage of the New Year gym membership discount vouchers that will inevitably arrive on the doorstep in the first week of January! For now grab the golden caster sugar and dip the rim of a wine flute in a dish of Prosecco. Then dip the flute in the sugar mixed with a pinch of cinnamon. Pop in a few teaspoons of ginger syrup and then fill up with half a glass of fresh pear juice and half Premier Estates Wine’s Sparkling Prosecco. You can add a slice of stem ginger to the rim if your guest likes their Christmas drinks spicy.
We think this Christmas Prosecco cocktail goes amazingly well with both sweet mince pies and savoury hors d'oeuvres. There’s enough going on here as well, for it to just be enjoyed without accompaniment.
Continuing with the ginger theme, here’s another Prosecco cocktail recipe based on this popular Christmas spice along with the other Christmas favourite, hazelnuts, in the form of a liqueur such as Frangelico. Pop a few flutes into the fridge for a quarter of an hour beforehand and then when your guests are ready for a Bellini, mix some lemon juice, ginger cordial or gingerbread syrup and Frangelico together in a pouring jug. Add about one third of a flute of this mixture and then top up with Prosecco.
Serve whilst the glasses are still cold and with a plate of gingerbread men or ginger biscuits to complement the Bellini.
Merry Cherry Fizzer
Here’s another bright and cheery Prosecco cocktail that’s always a hit with party guests. A lot of people are crazy about cherries and cherry brandy always sees increasing sales over Christmas as do most fruity liqueurs. For this recipe, add a few tablespoons of cherry brandy to a pouring jug along with the same amount of kirsch and Amaretto. Mix with 6 tablespoons of vodka and finally add in a 75cl bottle of Prosecco. You can, of course, adjust the recipe ingredient amounts depending upon how many of your guests are keen to sample this particular cocktail. The ingredients above will fill about 6 flutes once you have popped in a maraschino cherry to complete this cherry fizz sensation.
Angostura Prosecco Cocktail
Angostura bitters is a very popular cocktail ingredient but we’ll bet if you were to ask if anyone knows what’s in it, very few could answer. It’s a careful blend of over 40 ingredients and was originally a medicine concocted by a German doctor in 1824. One of the main flavour forces in there is a bitter root called gentian. It’s a great complement to the bubbly sweetness of our Prosecco and this simple cocktail takes, literally, a few seconds to put together. Pop a sugar cube into a sparkling wine flute and just add a splash of Angostura bitters, don’t go mad unless you want to see your guests sucking their teeth like they’ve just bitten into a lemon! Top up with Prosecco; the sugar takes the edge off the bitters and the result is amazingly refreshing.
Apple Prosecco Punch
Another quick and easy recipe here. Grab your punch bowl and throw in the following ingredients:
500ml of apple juice (cold from the fridge)
250ml of vodka
The juice from 2 lemons
A 75cl bottle of Premier Estates Wine’s Prosecco (chilled)
1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced thinly
1 lemon sliced and de-pipped
Put a little crushed ice into the flute before serving and you have a zesty, crisp crowd pleaser.
Raspberry Martini Sparkle
We think this one might count as one of your five a day! The result certainly has enough colour to put the Christmas tree decorations to shame. For this Prosecco cocktail, freeze a couple of dozen large raspberries beforehand. Add one third of a litre of Martini to a bowl along with half as much gin. These quantities are enough to accompany 2 75cl bottles of Prosecco. If you can chill the flutes in the freezer before serving as well, then this will add to the appeal of the drink and your guest may like a half spoon of caster sugar or icing sugar to counter the sharpness of the frozen raspberries in the glass.
Blackberry and Thyme Prosecco Cocktail
Another simple berry cocktail and another amazing fusion of flavours here. You can buy the blackberry syrup if you’re short on time (and if you find a shop that sells it), or you can make it yourself. It’s just blackberries, sugar and water heated until the sugar melts and the blackberries can be stirred into the mixture. For the cocktail, just add 2 tablespoons of syrup to a flute, 2 blackberries and top up with Prosecco. Add a sprig of thyme to introduce an amazingly inspired complementary flavour and this baby pink number will certainly get those taste buds dancing.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is credited with having invented this particular Prosecco cocktail, hence it involves a little bit of cooking. You’ll need around 300g of rhubarb and 75g of caster sugar and these need to be brought to the boil in a couple of tablespoons of water, then simmer for a few minutes longer. When the mixture is nice and thick and syrupy, blend it with a hand blender. When it’s cooled, fill about a quarter of a flute with the mixture and top up with chilled Prosecco. No custard, though!
Gin & Fizz Cocktail
Gin and Prosecco is always a popular combination and the additional sweetness of elderflower syrup in this fizzy wonder is just perfect. Add a single measure of Gin to a flute glass (about 20 to 25ml) and follow with a dash of elderflower syrup or cordial. Top the glass up with chilled Prosecco, a little crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of mint and a cucumber slice. The ultimate Christmas party refreshment!
Orange/Strawberry & Prosecco Jellies
We’ll finish this little list off with a dessert/cocktail that’s always a party favourite. Keep these away from the kids though! You can make these fruity, tasty little numbers with flavoured gelatine or using orange/strawberry juice and gelatine sheets. You’ll need just enough boiling water to melt the flavoured gelatine and then make up the rest of the advised liquid quantity with Prosecco before putting into the fridge to set. If you’re using gelatine sheets then melt them in hot orange or strawberry juice and, again, make up the rest of the liquid required with Prosecco. It may take a little trial and error to get this recipe spot on, but we’re sure you won’t mind sampling the refined experiments! Make sure you make quite a few Prosecco jellies for your party, you can be sure everyone who has one will want seconds!
The Premier Estates Wine team hope you enjoy your fizzy festive celebrations.