Prosecco is a sparkling wine from northern Italy. It is very similar to Champagne, with the key differences being where they are made and their flavor profiles. Champagne flavors tend to be influenced more by the yeast and Prosecco focuses more on the grape flavor. Weddings typically include a Champagne toast, but anything from Champagne to Prosecco to Rosé to sparkling grape juice can be used.
Mimosa or Champagne bars are becoming more and more popular at weddings, and for good reason. The colors of the mixers and fruit make for a stunning display that can contribute to the rest of the reception decorations, guests will have a lot of fun mixing their own drinks, and it’s cheaper than hiring a bartender! For those who prefer fruity flavors over bready flavors, serve Prosecco rather than Champagne. You get the same kind of bubbles in your drink with a much different taste. Check out our ideas below for how to set up a beautiful and delicious Prosecco bar at your bridal shower, wedding reception, or morning-after brunch!
What to serve
- Different types of Prosecco: brut, extra dry, dry, demi-sec
- Juice: cranberry, tangerine, pomegranate, watermelon, pineapple
- Mixers: ginger beer, fruity light-colored beer, elderflower cordial, limoncello, Triple Sec, sloe gin
- Garnish: plums, blood oranges, mango, guava, pineapple, dragon fruit, cucumber, rosemary, thyme, basil, lavender, hibiscus, mint
- Fresh or frozen fruit is fine, but keep in mind frozen fruit will get mushy as it thaws
- Other ingredients: bitters, other fresh herbs, sugar cubes
You can prep these cocktails ahead of time for beautiful, delicious drinks, or you can set out the ingredients and recipe cards and let your guests mix their own.
Blackberry Sparkling Mojitos
Blackberry syrup (1 cup blackberries, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 2 tbsp water)
¼ cup blackberries
3oz blackberry syrup
10 mint leaves
4oz light rum
In a cocktail shaker, add blackberries, blackberry syrup, limes, and mint leaves. Muddle well. Add rum and ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into glasses, top with Prosecco.
Limoncello Prosecco with Blueberries and Thyme
750ml bottle Prosecco, chilled
1 cup limoncello, chilled
Garnish: blueberries, thyme, lemon slices
Put Prosecco and limoncello in a pitcher, stir. Garnish each glass, drop blueberries inside, and then top with the cocktail mix.
Elderflower French 75
1oz elderflower liqueur
1oz lemon juice
Pour gin, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice in a shaker and combine. Pour into flutes and top with chilled Prosecco. Garnish with mint.
Raspberry Mint Prosecco
3 fresh raspberries
3 mint leaves
3-4 dashes bitters
¼ oz simple syrup
Tear mint leaves and drop them into a Champagne flute. Add raspberries and bitters. Muddle until raspberries are broken up. Add simple syrup and then fill with Prosecco.
2 cups pure pomegranate juice
3-inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced
20 green cardamom pods, crushed
750ml extra-dry Prosecco
750ml sparkling pear juice
1/2 cup elderflower liqueur
2 cups club soda or sparkling water
In a saucepan, combine pomegranate juice, ginger, and cardamom/ Bring to a boil then simmer briskly until reduced to 1-1/4 cups (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours (can stay refrigerated up to 2 weeks). In a pitcher, combine the syrup, Prosecco, pear juice, elderflower liqueur, and club soda. Serve over ice.
Blackberry syrup (1/3 cup blackberries, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup sugar)
4 sprigs of thyme
8 fresh blackberries
In a saucepan, bring blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil, then let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and let syrup cool. Put 2 tablespoons of syrup in each glass. Top with champagne and garnish with thyme and blackberries.
Grapefruit Rosemary Sparkler
4 cups fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
2-1/2 cups sugar (more or less to taste)
Pinch of salt
1tsp lemon juice
2 rosemary sprigs, plus more for garnish
Mix grapefruit juice, sugar, and salt over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil then let simmer 20-30 minutes, until reduced to 2-1/2 cups. Strain syrup, then add lemon juice and vanilla and stir to combine. Add 2 rosemary sprigs. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate 2 hours. Pour the syrup into glasses, about ¼ full. Fill with Prosecco and garnish with rosemary.
Strawberry Thyme Lillet Spritzers
3oz Lillet Blanc
1 lemon wedge
2 strawberries, thinly sliced
Few sprigs thyme
In a glass, add Lillet Blanc, lemon juice from the wedge, strawberries, and thyme. Add 1/3cup crushed ice and top with Prosecco.
3oz light tequila (or to taste)
4oz chilled simple syrup (or to taste)
8oz freshly-squeezed lime juice (or to taste)
750ml Prosecco (semi-sweet)
Fresh lime wedges
In a pitcher, mix tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, fresh lime juice. Chill for a few hours. Salt rims of glasses. Add ice before dividing the tequila mixture amongst the glasses, then top with Prosecco. Garnish with a lime wedge.
You’ll want plenty of signage and recipe cards to help your guests. One large sign telling your guests it’s a Prosecco bar, labels for each ingredient you have on the table, and recipes or pairing suggestions. Set out bouquets with flowers that complement the colors of the juices and mixers.
Don’t forget fruit skewers, personalized napkins, cups, and flutes. You may want to include spoons for stirring as well. For some extra fun, consider having a drink contest. Guests can mix their own cocktails and bring it to the bride and groom to judge. Make up scorecards and fill one out for each drink. At the end of the night, the guest with the highest score wins!
You can even rent a Prosecco van, if you don’t want to set up a table!