By Vivian Kelly
Much like red wine, Prosecco is good for your health too. Research from Reading University found Prosecco contains high levels of polyphenols helping to purify blood through the body, and as a result, helping to increase blood flow.
Nothing’s more satisfying and refreshing than a divine concoction of your favorite ingredients and a good dash of bubbly to top it off. And since we’re edging closer to the New Year, what better way than to celebrate with a gorgeous champagne cocktail?
1. Pink Champagne Cocktail
There are countless ways to make a pink champagne cocktail, but this one’s too easy to pass up. All you need is a glass of champagne, a dash of cranberry juice and a floral garnish to top it off. Perfection.
2. Passion Fruit Fizz
Tart and sweet, this fruity cocktail will send you straight back to the beach hammock. Scoop the nectar from a fresh passion fruit and mix with champagne, raspberries, an orange slice and a sprinkle of bitters to finish it off.
3. Cotton Candy Madness
We promise, this cocktail looks as good as it tastes. Top a glass of sparkling with a generous handful of cotton candy and carefully pour champagne over the top. The colorful reaction and sweet flavors will have you hooked. A great desert beverage indeed…
4. Strawberry Bellini
The best thing about a strawberry bellini? You only need two ingredients. Grab a handful of strawberries and whizz in a blender until smooth. Carefully pour the Prosecco over the puree and stir gently. Enjoy.
5. French 75
Calling all gin lovers. Gin, sugar syrup and tons of fresh lemon juice make up this wonderful tipple. Mix the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Garnish with fresh lemon peel. A fabulous choice as an aperitif.
6. Blueberry Champagne
A simple and tasteful cocktail to try. Blend a handful of ripe berries and add a tiny dollop of puree to each glass (depending on how sweet you want it). Gently mix the ingredients together and add a handful of blueberries to each glass. You can’t go wrong with blueberries!
7. Sparkling Lemonade with Candied Citrus
Lemonade, candied citrus and ice cold champagne…yes, we’re listening. The core to this tipple is the candied orange, but trust us, it has more uses than you think. As well as making a lovely garnish, the left over syrup you get also plays a large part in the drink itself. Find the recipe here.
8. Jardin de Fluers
This wonderfully refreshing cocktail requires only a few key ingredients; lemon juice, raspberries, gin and a few dashes of rose water. Don’t forget the sparkling rose though…it’s the perfect start to every evening.
9. Rhubarb Bellini
This one’s sure to win a sweet lover’s praise. Pop some rhubarb and maple syrup over the hob and cook until soft. Blend the ingredients until smooth and allow the puree to cool down for up to an hour. Now it’s time to serve it up! If you want to go alcohol free simply switch the Prosecco with apple juice and sparkling water. It’s a delightful treat either way.
10. Pear, Ginger-Sage Mimosas
A mimosa with a spicy twist. Ginger, pear and a dash of sage all you need to make this drink stand out. The recipe was created with the season in mind ensuring all the ingredients are locally sourced, from the fresh pears, right down to the honey. This would make wonderful cocktail on a chilly autumn day. Get the recipe here.
11. Fairy Floss Fantasy
We can’t get enough of how gorgeous the candy floss looks atop of a flute. Needless to say, we’re still willing to finish it. (It’s too sweet not to.)
12. Blackberry & Sage Fizzy
Perfectly refreshing on a hot day, these cocktails are a no brainier during blackberry season. Find out how to make a delicious homemade blackberry syrup (for more uses than just cocktails). Share the love here.
13. Juniper Champagne Cocktail
This juniper champagne cocktail has other ideas for your Christmas tree. The spicy aromatic flavors of juniper berries make a great addition to any cocktail. Here’s how to make the syrup. Garnish with a pine spring for an extra festive touch.
14. Grapefruit & Sage Fizz
A healthy dose of grapefruit juice and champagne is a great way to start the New Year. This simple recipe only requires a quick and easy sugar syrup. All you have to do is shake up the tangy and aromatics flavors and voilà, deliciousness is served.
15. Pomegranate & Orange Punch
Fizzy pomegranate and orange punch is the party drink of the season. Serve this delightful punch in a large bowl with freshly sliced fruit for added flavor and a beautiful display. The fruitiness of this tipple is sure to go down well.
16. Fizzy Spike Pear Punch
The chilly winter weather calls for a good swirl of vanilla vodka, Prosecco and pear. The perfect addition for an impromptu happy hour. Get the recipe here.
17. Candy Floss Topped Cocktail
Another candy floss topped cocktail. What we love about this cocktail is how you can turn a classic glass of champagne into a deliciously sweet rose in a matter of seconds. Simply dunk the candy into the fizz and there you have it.
18. Blueberry & Lavender Champagne Cocktail
This blueberry and lavender fizz is perfect for dinner parties. With minimal effort involved and about 20 minutes of simmering, it will be hard to pass up on the taste of these gorgeous violet cocktails. Watch how to make it here.
19. Raspberry Popsicle Rose Champagne
You’re guaranteed to get heads swooning with this lovely drink. A sophisticated mix of rose water, raspberries, lemon and sugar is all you need for this surprisingly fuss-free cocktail. Here’s how to make it.
20. Gooseberry Elderflower Cocktail
This sweet refreshment takes all but two minutes to make. Gooseberries and elderflower make the perfect combination for this light and refreshing drink. If you’re short of gooseberries, don’t worry, buy some green grapes or raspberries as a substitute. No one has to miss out.
21. Mojito Royal Champagne & Passion Fruit
The perfect twist to a classic Cuban mojito. Follow the same recipe as your traditional classic, but instead of soda add champagne. Add passion fruit for an extra punch of sweetness. This one’s gold.
22. Rosemary Royal Cocktail
This tart-sweet drink is a fabulous winter warmer for entertaining. You’ll need Chambord, champagne, pomegranate juice and a spring of rosemary to finish it off. The flavor of the rosemary will come through just touch… it truly tastes like Christmas!
23. Blueberry & Thyme Tipple
Sweet and bubbly, blueberry and thyme fizz. You may not like the idea of thyme initially, but we promise, its aromatic mint-like flavors will give your cocktail a delicious kick. Here’s how to make it.