The best prosecco cocktails in London for when you’re feeling fancy

Hear that popping noise? It’s the sound of London’s best prosecco cocktails – from classic bellinis to original spritzes
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Andy Parsons
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Londoners‘ thirst for prosecco shows no signs of being quenched, and with another Prosecco Springs Festival approaching, the capital is about to spill over yet again with excitement for the Italian sparkling wine. Tired of drinking it straight up? Add a bit of extra oomph to your order with one of London’s most enticing prosecco cocktails – from classic bellinis and negroni sbagliatos to original, mouth-watering spritzes. Time to charge those glasses.

Photography by Andy Parsons

London’s best prosecco cocktails

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Andy Parsons
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

The Pinwheel at Swift

icon-location-pin Soho

£10

Lemon, mandarin sherbet, Amaro Montenegro, prosecco

Despite the name of the beloved Soho aperitivo bar it’s served at, the Pinwheel is a prosecco spritz to savour rather than knock back at speed. It’s a disco-looking drink, topped with an icing-sugar-dusted mint garnish, plus a couple of chunks of the most retro fruit going: physalis (the one that looks like a kumquat in a leafy cape). Once you get past the herbaceous bush, the throwback vibes continue. You’re rewarded with a lapping pool of mandarin flavours, sherbet and peel included. Dive right in: it’s zesty, bitter and bubbly – and wheely, wheely good.

duck & waffle, pine cone lemonade, prosecco cocktails
Andy Parsons
Restaurants, Contemporary European

Pine Cone Lemonade at Duck & Waffle

icon-location-pin Moorgate

£14

Bombay Sapphire gin, pine infusion, elderflower, prosecco

You’ll be able to get a good whiff of the woods up on the fortieth floor of the City’s Heron Tower if you order this translucent, bubbly bevvy. The Pine Cone Lemonade has a neat little sprig of pine needles for its garnish and those heavenly, Scandinavian-forest aromas are just a teaser of the flavours you’ll get lost in once you take a sip. The gin is infused with pine, which adds a surprising bitter depth to the drink. Elderflower cordial, sugar syrup and lemon bitters balance things out, and once a splash of prosecco has made it into the glass, you’ve got yourself a faux lemonade that lives up to its name. Just watch out for the Gruffalo on your way home.

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Andy Parsons
Restaurants, Italian

Polpo Bellini at Polpo Smithfield

icon-location-pin Farringdon

£7.50 (£5 during aperitivo hour)

Polpo prosecco, peach purée, crème de pêche

Sure, XXL spritzes are cool, but you’ve not done prosecco properly until you’ve headed to one of our city’s aperitivo pioneers. Polpo, a restaurant and bar group inspired by Venice’s wine bars (or bacàri), is to thank for sorting Londoners out with one-way tickets to prosecco town. Its happy hour sees aperitivi (bitter drinks, usually served before meals) flogged for a fiver. Snap up a bellini, made with peach purée and lashings of Polpo prosecco, sourced from northern Italy. Its fizz of choice is spumante, so expect those bubbles to seriously pop. This one is peachy keen.

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Andy Parsons
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Negroni Sbagliato at Frank’s Cafe

icon-location-pin Peckham

£6.50

Campari, Martini Rosso, prosecco

Every summer evening, up to 1,500 punters fight for a spot at Frank’s to catch sight of London’s sunset skyline. Drinking on the roof of that multi-storey car park has become as iconic an experience as drinking a Sbagliato at Milan’s Bar Basso, where a bartender is said to have first mixed this prosecco negroni. (The story goes that they confused gin for fizz: ‘Sbagliato’ translates as ‘Oops, my mistake.’) At this legendary Peckham hotspot, the drink sells as steadily as a classic negroni. Especially since adding a bit of sparkle to the deep-red drink is a simple way to usher in the summer. Wonder what ‘Oops, I’m drunk on negronis’ is in Italian?

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Andy Parsons
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Spritz Termini at Bar Termini Centrale

icon-location-pin Marylebone

£10.50

Beefeater gin, rhubarb cordial, Aperol, prosecco

Just one sip of this souped-up Aperol Spritz will leave you with a warm, fuzzy glow like you’re sunbathing on a terrace in Padua (the Italian city where the orange aperitivo was first created). Rhubarb cordial, made in-house at Bar Termini, makes the Spritz Termini extra special, adding a layer of fruity, bitter flavour. But the best thing about the concoction? Most of its components are pre-batched – bar staff add ice and a slice then top up with extra-dry prosecco. That means you can have a spritz at your terrace table in 30 seconds flat. No, wait, 30 seconds fizzy!

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Andy Parsons
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Alright Blossom at Nine Lives

icon-location-pin London Bridge

£7.50

Raspberry, hibiscus, rose, prosecco

Sparkling cocktails can have you feeling pretty giddy, but if you’re looking for a less dizzying night on the fizz, you can bank on Nine Lives. The tropical-tinged bar in London Bridge has a menu of ‘Lowriders’, championing cocktails on the lighter side of life. The Alright Blossom doesn’t compromise on flavour despite its lower alcohol percentage, tasting like a fizzy Turkish delight thanks to rose water, raspberry purée and hibiscus syrup. It’s bloomin’ delicious.

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