Zonin Prosecco’s pear, apple, and soft citrus flavor profile makes it a perfect base in any classic or modern easy-to-make cocktail.
We sat with Matteo Pizziol, Ambassador of Wine for Zonin to tell us more. Here’s what Pizziol had to say about zoning in on the magic of Prosecco
What do bartenders need to know about Zonin to suggest with expertise.
Zonin Prosecco is made from the Glera grape, which comes from the Veneto region in northeast Italy. The bubbles are created using the ‘Charmat’ process, which, unlike Champagne, involves creating bubbles en masse. The bubbles are lighter than those in Champagne. The process has remained largely unchanged since early Roman times.
Zonin features fresh flavors of pear, apple, and soft citrus and is perfect for any special occasion. Even more celebratory is a Zonin Prosecco cocktail, but there is no reason that you can’t enjoy it anytime you want.
What should bartenders know about mixing with Prosecco?
Prosecco can be used in almost every cocktail, making it “Royale.” For example, you can add it to a Negroni to get a smoother version of this Italian aperitivo, known as the Negroni Royale.
You can also swap traditional soda water or sparkling water with Prosecco to elevate your favorite cocktail. An example of this is the Old Cuban, which is a Mojito with black rum and Prosecco instead of soda and, quite frankly, you need to try it!
What are some tips to mixing with Prosecco?
The magic behind the bubbles is to pay attention to the timing: always add the Prosecco last.
To retain carbonation, when pouring the wine into the drink, it’s better to pour over the rounded side of a bar spoon.
Added note for new bartenders, Prosecco is THE popular aperitif base when creating “Spritz” cocktails in Italy, now trending worldwide. Spritz originated from the German verb “spritzen,” which means “to splash.”
Tell us about mixing with Zonin Prosecco in cocktails.
It’s no surprise that Zonin approached cocktail culture with the Italian classics, known by the world as Bellini and Rossini. These fruity cocktails go well with the fresh flavor of Zonin Prosecco and with our Italian history, dating back to 1821 (created by an Italian in Venice). Another Italian drink added to the mix was the Hugo, a spritz cocktail made with Prosecco, elderflower syrup, and soda water.
The next step for us was a collaboration with an awarded Italian bartender, Giacomo Diamante, who created some tailor-made drinks for our Prosecco.
No matter what kind of bubbly you are looking for, Zonin encourages you to zone in on what matters most—the flavor, the texture, the aroma, and the perfect cocktail fizz!
Here’s a creative cocktail that bartenders are making with Zonin Prosecco. Use this recipe as a base and switch around the juice and fruit garnishes to make your favorite version.
- Zonin Prosecco
- 60ml muddled strawberries
- 15ml orange juice
- 15ml vodka
Preparation: Add the muddled strawberries into a champagne flute and then add the orange juice and vodka. Tilting the glass, slowly add the Zonin Prosecco. Stir gently, garnish with strawberries, and serve