National Prosecco Day – Friday, August 13, 2021
Did you know? Enjoy these fun facts about Prosecco and some of my favorite bubbly cocktail recipes!
Fun bubbly Prosecco facts from Caludia Manetta, Export Manager, La Marca Prosseco:
Prosecco is exclusively produced in the northeast of Italy, outside of Venice.
Made withGlera grapes,Prosecco starts as a still wine and the signature bubbles are achievedthrough a second round of fermentation, followed by a process called Charmat Method, which takes place before the wine is bottled.
Prosecco is crisp and refreshing with fruity and floral notes,and abundant bubbles, La Marca Prosecco opens with aromas of fresh-picked citrus and honeysuckle blossoms, followed by green apple, juicy peach and ripe melon.
Open a bottle of Prosecco to celebrate everyday moments, meals and special occasions with friends and family. Place Prosecco in a refrigerator for an hour or two before serving to get it to the ideal temperature—between 40 and 45°F. If you’re adding Prosecco to a cocktail, always add the Prosecco last for optimal bubbles.
La Marca recommends these food pairings with their Prosecco: Seafood Linguine in Garlic Butter Sauce, Prosciutto-Wrapped Dates, Spicy Thai Noodles with Chili Peppers, Blackened Mahi-Mahi with Mango Salsa and Parmesan Crusted Chicken and see how their flavor profiles come to life when paired with La Marca Prosecco.
Pasqua Prosecco Rosé
This beautiful blushing sparkling wine is made using the Charmat method with 85-90% Glera and 10-15% Pinot Nero grapes. Soft floral bouquet on the nose with notes of red fruit and raspberry. The perfect summer sipper! Enjoy as an apéritif or pair with summer favorites like oysters, crab, lobster and halibut. Looking for a refreshing summer cocktail topped with pink bubbles? Here’s my recipe Elderflower Orangina Spritzer:
Elderflower Orangina Spitzer
This refreshing cocktail was first published in my Southern Spoonful recipe column in The Roanoker Magazine, March, 2021 issue.
Makes one cocktail.
- 3 ounces Orangina (available Amazon.com)
- 1½ ounces St-Germain Elderflower liqueur
- 3 ounces rosé sparkling wine (I like Pasqua Prosecco Rosé for my cocktail)
- Ice cubes
- Orange and lime slices for garnish
Place Orangina and St-Germain Elderflower liqueur in a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glass filled with small ice cubes. Top with rosé sparkling wine. Garnish with orange and lime slices.
Kobel Prosecco has a fruit-forward style with aromas of white peaches, pear and lemon zest.
Grapefruit Prosecco Spritzer
2.5 oz Korbel Prosecco
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
Fill large wine glass with ice. Add grapefruit juice, Korbel Prosecco, and soda water. Suggested garnish: grapefruit slice, rosemary sprig.
Frozen Prosecco Bellini
1 cup fresh peaches (or use frozen and omit ice)
3/4 cup ice
3/4 cup ice
3 oz peach juice or nectar
Combine peaches, ice and optional juice/nectar in a blender on high for 1 minute or until smooth. Divide into 2 flutes and top with Prosecco. Stir gently. Suggested garnish: Peach slice, raspberries.
And for dessert ?!
4 ounces Korbel Prosecco
1 scoop lemon sorbet, roughly ¼ cup
1 ounce vodka, preferably Finlandia Classic Vodka
1/5 ounce lemon juice
Gently whisk together the sorbet, vodka and lemon juice so the sorbet does not melt. Add a small amount of Prosecco and stir to integrate. Pour into a tall rocks glass and top with remaining Prosecco. Gently stir. Suggested garnish: lemon peel, herbs.