How Sparkling Wine Can Effect A Cocktail

23rd April 2020

How Sparkling Wine Can Effect A Cocktail

1 Cocktail, 2 Sparkling Wines

I’ve made a lot of Cocktails here on Glass of Bubbly, but I’ve never tried the same Cocktail with two different Sparkling Wines.

Today I’ve created 1 cocktail twice, and in each contain a different Sparkling Wine, one from Italy and one from Slovenia.

To make this Cocktail, all you will need is:

  • Sparkling Wine
  • Gin
  • Cucumber
  • Simple Syrup

How To Make Simple Syrup

  1. Boil some water in your kettle, add 1 and a half spoonfuls of sugar into a cup and wait for the now simple syrup to cool down.

This isn’t an overly complicated Cocktail or very powerful one, I wanted there to be flavour, but not so much to overpower the Sparkling Wines.

Let’s Meet Our Sparkling Wines

Vipava 1894

Vipava 1894 Theodosius

Vipava 1894 Theodosius

Vipava 1894 is a Slovenian winery dating all the way back to 1894, and to help produce their sparkling wines, they have some 350 grape growers.

In the area of Vipava, where they are located, they have been cultivating grapevines dating all the way back to ancient Rome.

Vipava 1894 Theodosius Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Mushroom and green fruit aromas.”

Taste – “Green and yellow fruit flavours.”

This Slovenian Sparkling Wine Won a Highly Commended Medal in the Oaky & Toasty Category at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2019.

Valentino Butussi

Valentino Butussi Ribolla Gialla

Valentino Butussi Ribolla Gialla

 

Valentino Butussi Ribolla Gialla Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Love Heart sweets and green fruit aromas.”

Taste – “Zesty green fruit and honeydew melon flavours.”

This Italian Sparkling Wine Won a Highly Commended Medal in the Summer Days Category at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2019.

The Gin

Harrison Handcrafted Gin

Harrison Handcrafted Gin

I used Harrison Handcrafted Gin which is available at Aldi.

How To Make The Cocktail

  1. Grab a glass and pour in 30mls of Simple Syrup.
  2. Pour in 10mls of Gin.
  3. Top up your glass with Sparkling Wine.
  4. Garnish with cucumber, on the glass, in the glass or both.

The recipe is just for one cocktail, if you wanted to make two, then just double the ingredients.

Tasting Time

For the first Cocktail, I’ve poured in Valentino Butussi the Italian Sparkling Wine.

Vipava 1894 & Cucumber Cocktail Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Cucumber.”

Taste – “Cucumber and oaky.”

Now for the second Cocktail, I’ve poured in Vipava 1894 Theodosius, the Slovenian Sparkling Wine.

Valentino Butussi & Cucumber Cocktail Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Cucumber and tropical fruits.”

Taste – “Cucumber, honeydew melon and hints of pineapple.”

Oliver Walkey

Oliver Walkey

Journalist focused on sharing Champagne and Sparkling Wine reviews and cocktails to the world.