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Santa Margherita Prosecco and Cocktail Recipes for Valentine's Day

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Showcasing Prosecco Cocktails for Valentine's Day

Today's post is a little different. I was sent samples of Sparkling ICE, Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer and a bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore, and asked to create some Valentine's Day themed Prosecco cocktail recipes.

Prosecco has become widely popular in the United States. Consumers have embraced these affordable and tasty sparkling wines. I often recommend bubbles to my customers, they are suitable for any occasion at home and compliment food well. For Mimosa fans, Prosecco is an excellent choice and works well as the base wine. But you don't have to stick to OJ for your Prosecco cocktails, for an added kick of flavor try the cocktail recipes below.

Prosecco is an Italian sparkling white wine made primarily from Glera grapes. Principally grown in the Prosecco region of Italy, which includes Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, north of Venice in the Veneto region. Under European law, only sparkling wines made with grapes grown in this region can have the name Prosecco.


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Tasting Notes Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG

This bottle of Prosecco was lovely on its own. Just add your loved one. 

Color: Straw, subtle green highlights.
Nose: Brioche with lemon curd, white pepper, medium intensity.
Palate: Lightly sweet, creamy, gentle bubbles, fresh tingle on tongue, lemon with vanilla cream, hint of mint, apple and spice into the pretty finish. Very good.

Thoughts: Excellent example of a premium Prosecco. Quite tasty alone and a good match to savory foods. Versatile wine. Let's see how the cocktails look and taste below.

Country: Italy
Region: Valdobbiadene, Prosecco Superiore DOCG
ABV: 11.5%
Sample received for review

Santa Margherita grows aromatic Glera grapes in the hills of Valdobbiadene, a town synonymous with the finest Prosecco Superiore, and DOCG status – the highest and most distinctive classification possible. Their investment in Conegliano-Valdobbiadene began in 1952. These early efforts established a benchmark of quality and provenance and led to the establishment of the actual DOCG classification in 1969.

Cocktail Recipes
Note: I should mention that I don't drink the Sparkling Ice zero calorie beverages. Looking in the refrigerator, I see that my wife has several bottles. She drinks them not me. This was my first exposure to these beverages. 

Note 2: If you have seen my previous cocktail recipes on this blog, then you know that I prefer simple recipes with few ingredients. The following recipes are no exception.


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1. The S & L

A light and refreshing drink. Not heavy or sweet. I liked the flavors, showed bright and crisp strawberry. The Maraschino cherries made for a tasty treat too. My speed.

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Ingredients:
Strawberry Lemonade Ice 1/2 oz.
Top with Santa Margherita Prosecco
Garnish with a Maraschino cherry


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2. Walking on Strawberry Watermelon Bubbles

This drank creamy with watermelon the prominent flavor. Looked pretty. Definitely for watermelon lovers. Not my favorite recipe. I do like how pretty the cocktail looks.

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Ingredients:
Strawberry Watermelon Ice 1/2 oz.
Top with Santa Margherita Prosecco
Garnish with a slice of pink grapefruit


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3. Fizzy Ginger Lover

This was a fun change of pace for me. Surprised by how much foaming action was created by the  crystallized ginger - almost called this drink "The Fervent Lover". Cool effect. A savory cocktail for those who love ginger and ginger ale. My speed.

Ingredients:
Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Lemon & Lime 1/2 oz.
Top with Santa Margherita Prosecco
Grate a little crystallized ginger over glass
Garnish with a slice of crystallized ginger

I encourage you to gently pop some corks for Valentine's Day. Put Santa Margherita Prosecco on your list and enjoy. Bubbles always put a smile on my face. 

* Related Post: RECIPE FOR REFUELING ROMANCE, SALMON FRITTATA AND MICHELLE SPARKLING BRUT ROSE' #WINEPW 9

Cheers!

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