How to Add Sparkle to Your Morning Tailgate with Prosecco Cocktails

I’m not a morning person. And morning game day tailgates are, let’s be honest, kind of the worst. If there’s anything that’ll erase my early game day blues, though, it’s a sparkling wine cocktail. Sparkling wine is crisp and cheery and pairs well with a number of fruit juices and liquors. It’s the perfect fizzy fix for a grump like me.

 I prefer using Prosecco, an inexpensive Italian bubbly, because it’s light and fruity and isn’t too fussy when it comes to adding extras like orange juice, peach puree, or limoncello.

Here are a few of my favorite Prosecco cocktails that are simple to make and a breeze to transport in your car or truck.


1.  Prosecco on Ice with a Twist of Lime


Simply pour Prosecco in a travel wine glass or a plastic cup that’s loaded with ice. Add a twist of lime to bring out the wine’s citrus flavors.

Tip: Freeze blueberries, grapes, and strawberries in an ice tray to pretty up your drink. Or use regular ice. Tastes great either way.


2.  Classic Mimosa


Pour equal parts wine and orange juice. Use freshly squeezed juice if you can. That’s the classic recipe, but I like my Mimosas with plenty of sparkling wine and a splash of orange juice.

Tip: Use frozen grapes to keep your Mimosa ice cold.


3.  Bellini


Scoop 2-3 ounces of peach puree and add to wine glass or cup. Top with sparkling wine.

Tip: You can make the peach puree the night before. I recommend Ina Garten’s recipe for the puree: 2 fresh peaches, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon; blend in food processor. Note that Garten’s recipe will yield 6-8 drinks. You can easily double or triple the recipe for a bigger crowd.


4.  Limoncello Fizz    


Pour 1 tablespoon good quality limoncello (look for limoncello from Sorrento, Italy), 1 teaspoon simple syrup*, squeeze half a lemon. Top with Prosecco. Stir.

* The night before your tailgate, boil equal parts water and sugar. Cool to room temperature. Store in sterilized mason jar & refrigerate.

Recommended Prosecco: Candoni Prosecco Brut, La Marca Prosecco

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