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What Can You Mix with Vegan Prosecco?

What Can You Mix with Vegan Prosecco?

The number of vegans in the world is increasing, so naturally, the number of vegan products is increasing. Prosecco is no exception, with many quality vegan Prosecco’s on the market in 2022.

In 2014, there were only around 150,000 vegans in the UK, but this number rose dramatically to 600,000 in 2019 - and in 2022, over 7.2 million people in the UK follow a meat-free diet.

Vegan Prosecco is delicious on its own, but it can be mixed with a variety of beverages to make cocktails, whether you mix it with fruit juice, vodka, gin, or even Aperol.

Keep reading to find out some of the best drinks that you can mix with your favourite vegan Prosecco.

 

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What Is Vegan Prosecco?

Before we talk about what you can mix with vegan Prosecco, let’s talk about what vegan Prosecco is and how it’s different from regular Prosecco.

You may be surprised to hear that not all Prosecco is vegan - after all, it’s just grapes and yeast, right? Although this is correct, fining agents are used to give Prosecco the clear and crisp appearance we know and love, and unfortunately, some of these fining agents are made of animal products.

During the winemaking process, yeast is added to the grapes which consume the naturally occurring sugars in the grapes, fermenting to create alcohol, fizz, and heat.

However, after the fermentation process, the resulting Prosecco can appear cloudy and have protein sediment floating within the body.

Although filtering the wine can be somewhat effective, many vintners will use fining agents to clear any sediment and to clear the wine. However, some fining agents contain animal products, such as gelatin, fish bladder gelatin, fish oil, blood, bone marrow, chitin, egg whites and milk protein.

If you follow a vegan diet, then wine that has come into contact with these fining agents won’t be suitable, as the resulting Prosecco is non-vegan. The animal ingredients are used in minuscule amounts and get removed via filtration or evaporation, but if you're a vegan, you’ll probably want to find a Prosecco that hasn’t used animal products in the fining process.

Vegan Prosecco is Prosecco that hasn’t come into contact with any animal products. Instead of using animal products as fining agents, vegan vintners will either use vegan fining agents such as pea gelatine, silica gel, silica clay, kaolin or charcoal - or they won’t use fining agents at all. Organic wine doesn’t use fining agents.

 

What Can I Mix With Vegan Prosecco?

Prosecco is a delicious sparkling wine that can be enjoyed by itself, typically in a Champagne flute or a tulip glass. However, if you want to mix things up a bit, you can add a variety of drinks to your Prosecco, whether it be fruit juices, or spirits to make a Prosecco cocktail.

 

Fruit Juice

Fruit juices can be added to your vegan Prosecco to make the classic Mimosa, Bellini, or Bucks Fizz.

A Bellini is a delicious fruity beverage that you can enjoy any time of the day. In fact, it’s one of the only alcoholic beverages that’s acceptable to drink in the morning or early afternoon, whether it be at bottomless brunch with the girls or with your avocado on toast on a Saturday morning.

To make a Bellini, you simply need to combine peach purée with your Prosecco - this makes a refreshing and fizzy drink with more body with a delicious sweetness. The Bellini originated in Northern Italy and is quick and easy to make, making it the perfect breakfast beverage for holidays, weekends, and birthdays.

A Mimosa is another delicious beverage you can make by combining fruit juice with your vegan Prosecco. Although Mimosa’s are typically made with Champagne and orange juice, you can substitute Champagne for your favourite vegan Prosecco.

You can also make a Bucks Fizz with the same ingredients - the only real difference is the proportions. With a Mimosa, you add 1 part Prosecco with 1 part orange juice (usually around 2.5 oz Champagne and 2.5 oz OJ. Bucks Fizz usually involves around 1.75 oz Champagne and 4.5 oz OJ.

 

Vodka

By adding vodka to your Prosecco, you can make a wide variety of cocktails. Why not try a Prosecco Raspberry Martini? It’s a delicious fruity cocktail that you can enjoy at home, when you’re out for dinner, or on date night!

To make a Raspberry Martini using Prosecco and vodka, you’ll need a handful of raspberries, 2 oz of raspberry vodka, 10 oz of vegan Prosecco, and a couple of drops of raspberry syrup. It’s super easy to make - crush the raspberries and combine in a cocktail shaker with ice and raspberry vodka and shake. Then, add the Prosecco, strain, and add to your favourite martini glass - and enjoy!

Another great cocktail that mixes Vodka with Prosecco is the Prosecco Mule. This is a variation of the classic Moscow Mule, allowing you to use your favourite vegan Prosecco - and the best part is that it’s super easy to make. You’ll need around 75cl of Prosecco, 350ml of ginger beer, 70ml of vodka, and a couple of juiced limes. You can garnish with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.

Simply pour the ingredients into a large jug with ice and mix thoroughly, and then divide into around 10 glasses.

 

Gin

Gin is another alcoholic drink that you can mix with your vegan Prosecco to create numerous delicious cocktails, including the Bakewell Flute and Elderflower Gin Fizz.

To make a Bakewell Flute, you’ll need a handful of raspberries, 25ml of maraschino liqueur, a drop of almond syrup, 50ml of gin, and Prosecco.

The first step is squashing your raspberries - then you pour the gin, syrup, and maraschino liqueur as well as a few ice cubes. Stir until mixed thoroughly, and strain into a Champagne flute. Then, top up with vegan Prosecco and garnish with the leftover raspberries.

If you’re in the mood for a delicious and refreshing Elderflower Gin Fizz, you’ll be glad to know that it’s simple to make and doesn’t need too many ingredients. You’ll need Prosecco, 55ml of gin, 30ml of lemon juice, 30ml of elderflower liqueur, and lemon peel to garnish.

Pour the gin, lemon juice and elderflower liqueur into a shaker and shake until thoroughly mixed - then, pour into a Champagne flute and top up with vegan Prosecco - and garnish with your lemon peels.

 

Aperol

If you’ve never tried an Aperol Spritz before, you’re missing out. It’s a delicious Prosecco-based cocktail that originated in Padua, Italy.

This popular beverage is characterised by its crisp, citrus flavour and bright orange appearance - and it doesn’t use too many ingredients which is always a bonus.

The two main ingredients are Aperol and Prosecco - but you’ll also need soda, ice, and a slice of orange to garnish. Aperol is a bitter liquor from Italy with fruity flavours - and is perfect for the spring and summer seasons.

To make an Aperol Spritz, add some ice to a glass, and add around 50ml of Aperol. Then, add 75ml of Prosecco and top up with a little more ice and a drop of soda. Then, you can garnish your glass however you like, but most people add a slice of orange.

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