Joe's top Prosecco cocktails
It’s Christmas, which means it’s time to get out that fizz - but why settle for just a plain old glass of bubbly?
Wine expert Joe Wadsack is here to show how with just a few simple steps you can create own Prosecco cocktails, as well as where we can find the best deals.
Asda: Fillipo Sansovino Millesimato Prosecco 2015 - Currently £7, reduced from £9
Tesco: Finest Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG - £10
Marks & Spencer: M&S Processo - £8
Forget Aperol Spritz, this is the new Prosecco cocktail taking Europe by storm. This is what everyone will be sipping on the ski slopes this season and into the summer.
Ice cubes25ml elderflower cordialMint 125ml ProseccoOne wedge of lime squeezed
Place a handful of ice cubes into a big red wine glass. Add in the elderflower and a couple of mint leaves. Top up with Prosecco and then garnish with a wedge of lime.
The classic Bellini
This classic is very easy to make, if you want to make it more festive you could swap the peaches for other fruits such as tangerines and add a drop of spiced rum. It is important the ingredients and the glasses are chilled.
Ripe white peaches (traditionally flat peaches which are currently out of season)Caster sugarProsecco
Blend the peaches in a blender, with a teaspoon of sugar for every two peaches - strain through a sieve. Put 2 tablespoons of the fresh puree in each glass, then pour the prosecco down a bar spoon into the glasses which stops it frothing over. Traditionally served in thin tall 'hi-ball' tumblers, but large champagne flutes will do.
Joe invented this festive cocktail with Jake Burger, one of Britain's most senior bartenders and drinks experts.
10ml of fresh squeezed lemon juice15ml Italicus Bergamot liqueur15ml of Portobello London dry gin (optional, but makes it into a proper cocktail)Top up with ProseccoGarnish with a nice sticky Luxardo cherry on the top
Build this in a Champagne flute. Add the liqueur, then squeeze in lemon juice and mix with a spoon. Top up with Prosecco slowly to avoid frothing. Once it's filled up pop a cherry on top.
The Bad Santa
If you've ever wondered what mulled wine mixed with Prosecco might taste like, here is your chance! The name was cleverly coined by Joe himself.
5ml of mulling syrupTop up with ProseccoTangerine
The key to this is not adding too much mulling syrup. Add just 5ml into a Champagne flute and then top with Prosecco. Take a slice of a tangerine rid and squeeze in the juices, then just drop on top.