PARTNER POST: Take any gathering to a fun new level with cocktail recipes easily topped with sparkling Lunetta Prosecco.
This year, change up your cocktail game with this golden, spirited Lunetta Prosecco sparkling wine cocktail complete with sweetness and herbal complexity.
Champagne or sparkling wine cocktails are easy to make and are, generally, delicate and fruity. Prosecco and sparkling wines are often used in “champagne” cocktails and may even be what’s in your glass for the traditional New Years toast. Looking back on 2016 and contemplating what lies ahead in 2017, I decided to concoct a more spirited version of a sparkling wine cocktail: La Bella Luna enhances the sweet honey and fruit of Cavit Lunetta Prosecco, a sparkling wine from Trentino in Northeastern Italy, with pear liqueur and balances the sweetness with the herbal complexity and bitterness of Fernet Branca resulting in a complex, yet uncomplicated cocktail. A thinly sliced round of Asian pear completes the golden elixir with a refreshing edible garnish.
What exactly is Prosecco? Prosecco is Italy’s famous version of sparkling wine (the type of wine made famous by Champagne). Lunetta Prosecco comes from the Trentino region of Northeast Italy and, like Cava from Spain, Italian Prosecco is a budget-friendly option to French Champagne.
Lunetta translates to “Little Moon” in Italian and celebrates life’s small pleasures. The grapes are handpicked and vinified at their state-of-the-art sparkling wine facility in the northern Italian region of Trentino, dedicated exclusively to producing world-class sparkling wines. Prosecco is fermented by a process known as the Charmat method and, unlike Champagne, there is no aging time. The Charmat process is particularly suited to producing sparkling wine whose most important characteristic is freshness.
Sparkling wines can be enjoyed as you would champagne and Lunetta Prosecco presents enticing aromas of apple and peach give way to a palate that is refreshing, and harmonious, with crisp fruit flavors and a clean finish. (Tasting notes from wine.com). Retailing for under $20, Lunetta Prosecco’s sassy effervescence makes it appropriate for an intimate night à deux or a wild New Year’s Bash as well as a lovely base for any sparkling wine cocktail.
For another easy cocktail, try this Prosecco Spiced Cocktail. Recipe here.
- 1.5 ounce Mathilde Poire pear liqueur
- ½ ounce Fernet Branca
- 1.5 to 2 ounces Lunetta Prosecco depending on glass
- Garnish: 1 thinly sliced Asian pear round
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Poire liqueur and Fernet Branca, shake well and strain into a Champagne coupe or flute. Top with the Lunetta Prosecco and garnish with the Asian pear round.
Intrepid food writer, drinker, and culinary traveler, Priscilla is the publisher of the popular Orange County, CA food and cooking blog She's Cookin' which features deliciously healthy, low sodium recipes, Southern California restaurants and foodie events, cocktails, spirits, and culinary travel.