We explore the rise of this popular sparkling wine and offer some thirst-quenching cocktail ideas
The UK has fallen in love with Prosecco with sales overtaking Champagne for the first time last year.
People love the value for money and the ‘special occasion’ feel that Prosecco brings. Champagne could well become even more elitist as time goes on, whilst Prosecco flows more and more into the mainstream.
In 2015, sales were up by 72%, with 37.3 million litres of Prosecco drunk compared to 9.8 million litres of Champagne.
As opposed to the ‘traditional method’ of making Champagne and other sparkling wines through aging in the bottle, Prosecco is produced in stainless-steel tanks in north-eastern Italy in the Veneto region. As a result, Prosecco is lighter and softer than Champagne, which is renowned for its dry fizz.
Prosecco is best served as an aperitif or with meals. It is best stored in a cool, dry place and chilled in an ice bucket for half an hour before serving. When you’re ready to pour, serve in Champagne flutes rather than wine glasses – as flutes are narrower, less oxygen can enter, keeping your Prosecco fizzier for longer.
Try one (or all three!) of these fun Prosecco cocktails:
Aperol Spritz: We love this one! Add ice to a large white wine glass. Pour over two parts Aperol, followed by three parts Prosecco and one part gin (if using). Stir once and finish the drink with a splash of soda water and a slice of orange.
Sorrento Sparkle: You can’t get more Italian than this! Pour a dash of limoncello into a Champagne flute, then top up with Prosecco.
Prosecco Royale: Pour a dash of crème de cassis or blackcurrant liqueur into a Champagne flute. Top up with Prosecco and pop in a couple of fresh blackberries or strawberries, if you like.