This light and refreshing Prosecco cocktail is just the thing to serve when you want a drink that is fruity and satisfying without being overly sweet or loaded with sneaky grams of sugar. Featuring lime juice, fresh berries, and mint, an easy-to-make batch of these Prosecco cocktails is bubbly and special for serving guests or just enjoying a beautiful evening on your own patio.
A Refreshing, Light, Low-Sugar Batch Cocktail Recipe
What’s better than a single low-sugar Prosecco cocktail? A whole batch of them! The beauty of this recipe is that you can make six drinks at once (and easily serve your guests) since it all comes together in a large pitcher. Not only that, but you can make the blackberry-lime syrup ahead of time. So when it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, all you have to do is add the Prosecco, pour, and enjoy!
Ingredients to make Prosecco Cocktails
Here are the five fresh ingredients that come together to make this impressive and easy Prosecco Cocktail recipe:
- Limes: Cut the limes in half and squeeze them to make 1/2 cup of fresh lime juice. You’ll need 6 to 8 limes total, depending on their size and juiciness. May replace with another citrus juice, if you’d like, such as orange juice, lemon juice, lemonade, or grapefruit juice (squeezed from fresh oranges, lemons, or grapefruit).
- Blackberries: Pick up a pint (which is 6 oz, or 1 1/2 cups) of fresh blackberries; can also use frozen and thawed blackberries. (See below for how to switch up the flavor by using cranberries or other types of berries in place of the blackberries)
- Honey: Just 1 tablespoon of honey is all you need to add the right amount of light sweetness to this low-sugar cocktail recipe; may sub agave syrup or other simple syrup
- Fresh mint: Some fresh mint really brightens the flavors of this prosecco cocktail
- Prosecco: You’ll need one 750-ml bottle of Prosecco, a type of Italian sparkling white wine
What is Prosecco? Is Prosecco Champagne?
Prosecco is a type of wine, an alcoholic beverage made from grapes. It is a light and crisp sparkling white wine from Italy. It is similar to champagne, since both champagne and prosecco are types of sparkling wine made from green grapes. However, they are not the same. Champagne is made from types of Chardonnay and Pinto grapes, whereas Prosecco is made from Glera grape varieties. Prosecco comes in Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Dry, and Dry. This can be a bit confusing, but if you like less sweet and dry, go for an Extra Brut or Brut Prosecco. If you’re looking for something slightly sweeter, pick up an Extra Dry or Dry Prosecco.
How to make A Blackberry Lime Prosecco Cocktails
The star of this recipe is the homemade blackberry-mint simple syrup. Start this easy prosecco cocktail recipe by making that part first. Here are the steps to make a refreshing batch of Blackberry Lime Prosecco Cocktails in just minutes.
- Make the blackberry-mint syrup: In a glass measuring cup or other glass, muddle together the fresh lime juice, blackberries, mint, and honey. Press and blend the ingredients together with a cocktail muddler, back of a spoon, on the handle of a wooden spoon until they form a jam-like consistency. Next, strain this mixture through a fine mesh sieve so you are left with just the flavorful lime-berry syrup. Discard the solids.
- Add the Prosecco: Pour the lime-berry syrup into a glass pitcher and add the Prosecco. The mixture may foam up a little bit, so set it aside until the foam subsides. Add 3-4 cups of ice to the pitcher and stir gently. Because of the fizzy nature of the Prosecco, you never want to shake in a cocktail shaker or use a blender. Just a simple stir will do.
- Garnish: These beautiful drinks come to life with just a few simple garnishes. Divide the prosecco cocktail among glasses or champagne flutes, then garnish with a lime slice, some fresh blackberries, a mint sprig – or all three! Of course, if you use lemon juice or orange juice in place of the lime juice or cherries in place of the blackberries, garnish accordingly with an orange slice, lemon twist, or single cherry. Enjoy while cold.
What Flavors pair well with prosecco?
Wondering what would be the perfect meal to serve with Prosecco Cocktails? Since Prosecco has subtle sweetness and bubbles, it pairs well with a lot of foods that you would serve with champagne. We think a cheese tray, complete with some aged meats, a couple types of cheese, nuts, and chilled cooked shrimp would be the perfect light meal or snack to serve with this prosecco cocktail recipe. Other recipes that would pair well with the flavors of this blackberry-lime cocktail are our cold and hot pasta dishes, our main dish salads, or a fish or seafood dish.
Customize It with Your Favorite Fruit
Make this Blackberry Lime Prosecco Cocktail your own by using your favorite fruit-and-herb combination. Here are some others to try:
- Try replacing the lime juice with lemon juice, and swap in raspberries for the blackberries
- Keep the lime juice and swap in fresh cherries or strawberries for the blackberries, then replace the fresh mint with basil or lavender
- Use watermelon in place of the blackberries and keep the lime juice and mint
- For a holiday version, use cranberries in place of the blackberries and garnish with some fresh cranberries for a classy presentation
Other Popular Prosecco Cocktails
Because of its light sweetness, bubbles, and refreshing taste, Prosecco is a popular type of wine used to make other types of cocktails. Here are other types of cocktails with Prosecco in them:
- Aperol Spritz made with or without the classic campari
- Hugo Spritz
- Gin Fizz
- French 75 Cocktail (or a Pink Gin 75)
- Negroni Sbagliato
You can also use Prosecco to make a margarita, sangria, or martini, or even prosecco mimosas, replacing the standard tequila, triple sec, grand marnier, vodka, vermouth, or red wine with Prosecco instead.
Occasions to Serve this Blackberry Prosecco Cocktail
We think a batch of these fresh berry Prosecco Cocktails would be the perfect thing to serve at:
- a spring or summer potluck, picnic, or BBQ
- as the “signature cocktail” at a party
- at a brunch or on Easter Sunday
- for birthdays, bridal showers, and baby showers (make mama-to-be a mocktail version by subbing in sparkling water for the Prosecco)
Can I make it a mocktail?
Of course you can? If you’d rather not have the alcohol, you can still enjoy this refreshing drink by swapping in ginger beer or plain sparkling water (such as San Pelligrino, Waterloo Water, or LaCroix) for the Prosecco.
- ½ cup fresh lime juice (about 6–8 limes)
- 6 ounces fresh blackberries (about 1 ½ cups), plus more for garnish
- 24 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1 tablespoon pure honey
- 1 (750 ml) bottle Prosecco
- 6 slices fresh lime, for garnish
- To a pint-sized jar or 2-cup measuring cup, combine the lime juice, blackberries, mint leaves, and honey. Using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon, mash the lime juice, berries, and mint into a jam-like consistency.
- Pour the berry mixture through a fine-mesh strainer set over a large pitcher to remove the seeds and mint leaves. Using the back of a spoon, press the mixture firmly to release all of the juices, then discard the berry mixture left behind in the strainer.
- Add the Prosecco to the berry juice in the pitcher; stir gently to settle any foam that arises. Add 3-4 cups ice to the pitcher and stir again. Serve pitcher-style or divide cocktails among 6 tall glasses filled with ice. Garnish each cocktail with a few blackberries, a slice of lime, and a few mint leaves. Serve immediately.
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Make ahead: You can complete Steps 1 and 2 (making the berry-lime simple syrup) up to two days in advance. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Prosecco is a light bodied, crisp, sparkling white wine. Use any brand that you like.
- Serving Size: 1/6 of the recipe
- Calories: 110
- Fat: 0 g
- (Sat Fat: 0 g)
- Sodium: 6 mg
- Carbohydrate: 6 g
- (Fiber: 1 g
- Sugar: 5 g)
- Protein: 1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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