Ready to uncork the secrets to savoring your favorite sparkling wines in ways you never imagined? We’re sharing some out-of-the-box ideas for pairing Prosecco and Champagne with food, low-calorie and low-sugar cocktail recipes with bubbly as the main component, and even a few ways to have some fun and get creative with the corks you’ve saved from the bottles after finishing them.
Unique Food Pairings for Prosecco and Champagne
This is one of our favorite pairings with Mr SYLTBAR Premium Prosecco. The crisp and fruity notes of Prosecco pair beautifully with the delicate flavors of sushi. It’s a very refreshing and unexpected pairing that we often take part in. We are lucky to have an abundance of delicious sushi restaurants right at home in South Florida that have Mr on the menu! Some of those include Sushi Garage in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Paperfish in Miami, and Papa’s Raw Bar in Lighthouse Point. One of our absolute favorites, though, is Nobu Restaurants, which has locations all over the world.
This is an interesting one! The rich and toasty character of Champagne can cut through the savory and crispy goodness of fried chicken. This unexpected pairing brings together the indulgence of fried fare with the luxurious touch of Champagne, creating a delightful contrast. For a healthier indulgence, swap the Champagne for a glass of SYLTBAR Prosecco. With only 49 calories per 6 ounce glass and very low sugar content, you may feel a little less guilty about eating fried food!
Creative Cheese Boards
Expand your cheese and wine pairing repertoire by pairing Prosecco and Champagne with a variety of cheeses outside of the normal parmesans and cheddars. The bubbly's acidity and light effervescence work well with creamy goat cheese, tangy blue cheese, and aged gouda. Plus, there is something absolutely magical about a beautiful cheese board on display for friends and family when you are entertaining. Elevate the pairing even more by adding a variety of jams or preserves, crackers, charcuterie, dried and fresh fruit, olives, mixed nuts, and edible flowers to really make your platter feel special and sophisticated.
Low-Calorie and Low-Sugar Cocktail Recipes
People love to create cocktails using Prosecco and Champagne, but we cannot stress enough how important it is to avoid using sugar mixers and sodas that add unnecessary calories to your drinks. Instead, stick to fresh citrus or berries to enhance your bubbly and craft your beverages.
Here are a couple ideas:
- 4 fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon of agave
- 1 ounce white rum
- Fresh lime juice
- Chilled Prosecco
Muddle mint leaves and agave in a glass. Add rum and lime juice. Top with chilled Prosecco, stir gently, and garnish with a mint sprig.
Champagne Berry Sparkler
- Mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
- 1 teaspoon of agave syrup
- Chilled Champagne
Muddle mixed berries with agave syrup in a glass. Top with chilled Champagne and stir gently. Garnish with a few whole berries for a visually appealing and guilt-free cocktail.
Creative Ways to Use Wine Corks
Don't discard those Champagne and Prosecco corks! You can certainly get creative with these fun ideas:
DIY Cork Coasters
Collect corks to create stylish and eco-friendly coasters. Glue them together in a pattern of your choice, let them dry, and voila! You have unique cork coasters to showcase during your next gathering.
Cork Stamps for Crafting
Carve simple designs into the cork bottoms and use them as stamps for various crafts. They can add elegance to cards, gift wrapping, or even fabric.
At SYLTBAR, we love adding a personalized touch to gifts which is why we offer handwritten notes with our Lifestyle Gift Set. It also comes with a bottle of either Mr or Mrs, and one of our beautiful 100% soy candles, Hope (pine and musk scent) or Believe (lemon and verbena scent). If you create your own stamp with your leftover corks, you could add that to the handwritten note and make it even more personal.
If you create your own stamp with your leftover corks, you could add that to the handwritten note and make it even more personal.
Cork Plant Markers
Turn corks into plant markers for your garden. Simply write the names of your plants on the corks and place them in the soil. It's a practical and charming way to keep track of your greenery. Additionally, you could use this same idea and with party platters, using the corks to label certain items you are serving to your guests.
As you embark on your journey to enjoy Prosecco and Champagne in innovative ways, remember that the world of sparkling wines is full of surprises. Whether you're experimenting with food pairings, mixing up low-calorie cocktails, or finding new uses for corks, let your creativity flow and savor every effervescent moment. Cheers to a sparkling adventure!