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06 Oct

7 Cocktails to Make with Sparkling Wine this Season

By: SVS Categories: Wines

As Summer nears, and lockdown comes to an end, we all look forward to spending the days with friends and family. And nothing better than adding a few cocktails to the mix!

You don’t need to be a professional or own special equipment to make fun, fresh and delicious cocktails at home. For that reason, today we bring you 7 cocktails that you can make at home this season with Sparkling Wine. The cocktail recipes are courtesy of our friends at Mezzacorona. To learn more about them, visit their website through this link.

Our Sparkling Wine recommendation is the Mezzacorona Sparkling, a refreshing Italian Sparkling with rich and intense aromas of fresh fruits like red apple, pear, white peach, and melon, and delicate pineapple with an elegant note of wild rose, that pairs well with any cocktail!

 

1. Bobbing for Apple

  • 3/4 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz Calvados
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz honey syrup

Chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona Brut
For the honey syrup, combine 2/3 cup honey with 1/3 cup very hot water and stir rapidly until combined. Store in the refrigerator. For the cocktail, combine the gin, calvados, lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce honey syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake hard for 12 seconds, then strain into a chilled champagne coupe or flute. Top carefully with chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona Brut.

2. Holiday Alpine Spritzz 

  • 1 tsp juniper berries
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • Chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona Brut

Muddle the juniper berries, rosemary, and Green Chartreuse in the bottom of a chilled rocks glass. Add dry vermouth and ice, then stir until chilled. Top with chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona Brut. Garnish with additional rosemary or pine.

3. New Year’s Welcome

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz pineapple syrup
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large fresh sage leaves
  • Chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona Brut

To make the syrup, combine equal parts pineapple juice and sugar in a blender, then blend on high until the sugar dissolves. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and store in the refrigerator.
For each cocktail, add the gin, pineapple syrup, lemon juice, and sage leaves to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake hard for 15 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Top with chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona Brut.

4. Pineapple Ginger Spritzz

  • 1 oz of Pineapple Ginger Juice
  • 1½ oz Aperol
  • Chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona Brut

Add 2 medium knobs peeled ginger root and 1 cup fresh pineapple juice to a blender. Blend on high speed just until the ginger root is liquified. Strain through a fine mesh and store in the refrigerator. Pour the pineapple ginger juice and Aperol into a chilled glass filled with ice. Carefully top with chilled Mezza Di Mezzacorona Brut

 

5. Pool Side Splash

  • 2 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. Chilled coconut water
  • 4 oz. Mezza di Mezzacorona
  • Fresh figs for garnish

Pour pineapple juice and coconut water into a large wine glass with ice. Top with chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona. Garnish with a festive paper straw, orange slice & enjoy!

 

6. Lemon Berry Blizz

  • 2 Tbsp of frozen blueberries
  • 2 oz. limoncello
  • 5 oz. chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona Fresh mint for garnish

In a large wine glass mix the frozen blueberries, limoncello and ice. Top with chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona. Garnish with fresh mint and a paper straw!

 

7. Citrus Fizz

  • 1 oz. Aperol
  • 3 oz. blood orange juice
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona

Combine Aperol, blood orange juice and orange bitters in a shaker with ice; strain into a coupe glass. Top with Mezza di Mezzacorona sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon twist.

 

Extra: Ginger Lime Spritzz

  • 1 small piece of peeled ginger, chopped
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • 6 oz. chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona
  • Mint for garnish

Place chopped ginger in a highball glass, add lime juice, ginger liqueur and ice. Mix well. Top with Mezza di Mezzacorona. Garnish with fresh mint and a paper straw.

 

The most important thing is to have fun with it. Experiment with different ingredients and come up with your own recipes!

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