Whether you’re looking to add some finesse to a night out or hoping to get in the beer garden for a solid session of sunny-season drinking, you can always count on a prosecco cocktail to set you right. Londoners are mad for cocktails topped up with fizz and the city’s top bars are well aware of it; continuing to push mixology boundaries in their bid to create beautiful bubbly signatures and twists on the classics. Here’s six places you must try for a prosecco cocktail in London this summer.
Porn Star Martini at The Escapologist
The newest kid on Covent Garden’s block, The Escapologist is a basement party den shrouded with scandal and intrigue. Head deep into the depths of Seven Dials to get comfortable with a Porn-Star Martini (£11.50) - vanilla infused Eristoff Vodka topped up with prosecco and passion fruit liqueur - and you’ll be uncovering the secrets of the infamous Baron von Took in no time at all.
Mango Italino at Ruby's Bar and Lounge
Head up to the bar at this subterranean lounge and sing Hey Mango, Mango Italiano - they’ll definitely understand. Famed across the city for bringing a refined cocktail bar ambience to Dalston, the aforementioned Mango Italiano (£8.50) at Ruby's provides a refreshing hit of mango puree, chinotto, campari, prosecco and soda that is basically the taste of summer in a glass.
Royal Rhubarb at Discount Suit Company
A treasure of an independent cocktail bar around the corner from Liverpool Street, Discount Suit Company offers sublime cocktails in personal and intimate speakeasy surrounds. Make your first of the night a Royal Rhubarb (£7.50) - an expertly made mix of rhubarb vodka, bold cherry aperitif, vanilla syrup, rhubarb bitters and a coating of prosecco - and you won’t look back from there.
Bellini at Grand Union Brixton
Equipped with one of the best outdoor spaces in London, there’s really nowhere finer to put away a few prosecco libations when the weather is fine than Grand Union. Head along at the first sight of bright sunshine and set up camp for the day in their Pleasure Garden; you can get two of the same fizz cocktail for just £10 inclusive of the minty fresh Gin Garden and the classic Bellini.
English Garden at Three Six Six
Flying the flag for South West London is Three Six Six, the duo of eclectic cocktail bars that bring a daring approach to their mixology. Everything from the syrups to the garnishes and the tinctures to the extracts are thoughtfully drawn up from scratch, and it's this careful attention to detail that makes their cocktails well worth seeking out. Enjoy a heady English Garden (SW4 gin, celery infused elderflower liquor, beer syrup, lemon juice, pink peppercorn and prosecco, £10) and embrace this drinking den's eccentric feel.
Bellini at London Cocktail Club
It makes sense to round off a guide to prosecco cocktails with a dose of pure, unadulterated debauchery courtesy of the almighty LCC. Offering all kinds of weird and wonderful drinks in a unique, party-orientated setting, the London Cocktail Club's prosecco-laced Bellinis (£9) are best enjoyed while up on the bar top, dancing the night away and belting out the words to Mark Ronson's Valerie.