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The Bridal Procession Continues – Signature Batch-elorette Cocktails

THE ITALIAN EDITION

Still on the hunt for the perfect signature cocktail for your bridal shower or reception? Italy is famous for its classy aperitif cocktails featuring that national treasure — Prosecco. Festive and helpfully lower in alcohol, Prosecco cocktails are a great option for cheersing at any of your bridal events. One of our all-time favorite bubbles for cocktailing, La Gioiosa Prosecco DOC, is the ideal balance of fruity yellow apple, white peach, and lemon, with a bright and buoyant bubble that will stand up to all kinds of modifiers, from juices to amari.

The Bellini – Bright and breezy

A classic, elevated alternative to the more brunch-appropriate mimosa, the peachy inspiration behind the Bellini lines right up with summertime celebrating. In Venice, where the Bellini was invented by a well-loved local barman, peach season is booming from June to September, providing a juicy, friendly platform for Prosecco to shine.

  • 5 oz peach puree
  • La Gioiosa DOC Prosecco
    • 1 bottle La Gioiosa DOC Prosecco makes 5 cocktails.

Combine in a pitcher and provide a swizzle stick or spoon to keep things well mixed. Alternatively, pour peach puree into individual fluted glasses and top with La Gioiosa DOC Prosecco, stir.

The Aperol Spritz – Citrusy and complex

Don’t let anyone tell you the Aperol Spritz is over! It looks like Golden Hour in a glass and it’s zesty flavors and mouthwatering aperitif style make it a legit crowd-pleaser. Originating in the gastronomic capital of the Veneto in Northern Italy, it’s a lovely foray into the Italian notion that a little bitter makes the whole world sweeter. 

  • 12 oz Aperol
  • 4 oz lemon juice
  • La Gioiosa DOC Prosecco
  • club soda
    • 1 bottle La Gioiosa DOC Prosecco makes 8 cocktails.

Combine the first four ingredients in a pitcher with ice, stir. Serve over fresh ice and top with a splash of club soda; garnish with lemon twists.

The Negroni Sbagliato – Unexpected and bold

It’s a good sign when a sparkling wine is able to step in for one of the spirit world’s most complex flavor profiles. Purportedly one of those happy accidents that births a new classic, the “sbagliato” (or “mistake” in Italian) in question first occurred when a bottle of Prosecco was mistaken for gin during a Negroni build. The result was an unexpected three-part harmony of Campari, Italian red vermouth, and bright, bubbly Prosecco — a less-broody still-boozy spin that’s ready to party.

  • 12 oz Campari
  • 12 oz Italian Red/Sweet Vermouth
  • La Gioiosa DOC Prosecco
    • 1 bottle La Gioiosa DOC Prosecco makes 12 cocktails.

Batch the spirits only in a pitcher with ice. Pour over fresh ice in rocks glasses to serve, topping each with 2 oz La Gioiosa DOC Prosecco. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Cin cin to the brides!

-Aimee Hutchinson | Wine Manager Top Ten Liquors

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