I always assumed that I would grow up to develop a taste for wine. That I would wake up, somewhere around the region of my 30th birthday, and be able to tell the difference between a Merlot and a Malbec (if not which one would go better with that steak); or to enjoy a glass of the sparkling stuff that always seems to be the only thing on offer at weddings or events.
Now, on the eve of my 35th birthday, I’m proud to say that I’m past caring. However parties or nice dinners I have left in me, I’m not going to waste them drinking something I know I dislike.
Not being a wine or a beer drinker has its advantages, as my dad discovered recently at a family wedding when I asked for a top-up every time the waiter came around then passed my glass onto him. It does, however, have its downsides too: I’ve found myself on the soft drinks at one too many work events because I have just about enough social awareness not to be the one who asks where the hard liquor is.
And I do feel the loss a little in the summer, on those balmy weeknights when a friend comes round but it doesn’t feel quite right cracking open the spirits when you’ve both got work the next day.
When Premier Estates, the award-winning online wine retailer, got in touch to ask if I fancied writing about their sparkling wine selection, it would have been easy to tell them that it wasn’t for me. But, frankly, the temptation of telling my sister that somebody was posting me out some Prosecco proved too much (you’ll remember that she lives in Dubai, where it’s not quite so easy to obtain) and I came up with an idea: what about coming up with a Prosecco-based cocktail? “Prosecco for people who don’t like Prosecco”, if you will?
Armed with a backpack full of greengrocery and the recently-released Trainspotting sequel, I showed up at Sarah’s one Saturday night to see what I could come up with. And this was the result.
To make my Blueberry Lemonade Prosecco Punch, you will need:
1x bottle of Prosecco (I used the Premier Estates Prosecco DOC)
1x bottle of lemonade
1x punnet blueberries
1x lemon, sliced
bunch of fresh mint
a hefty measure of citrus vodka (optional)
I say “cocktail”, but this is super simple to make: just chuck the fruit and fresh mint in a decent-sized jug (I advise freezing the blueberries first, as that way they’ll keep the drink cold without the need for tonnes of ice) before pouring over equal amounts of Prosecco and lemonade. Add in a few glugs of vodka (a citrus-flavoured vodka would work even better) if you fancy something a little stronger. Stir gently, so as not to upset the bubbles too much, then pour into glasses and serve. The fruit and mint will muddle into what’s left in the jug, making subsequent servings even tastier.
I used bog standard lemonade for this recipe, which resulted in a really light and refreshing drink – but I think, next time I make it, I’ll swap that out for bitter lemon and make something a little bolder.
Quick and easy, there’s no reason you shouldn’t try this for yourself this weekend – particularly if it’s another sunny one. And especially if it happens to be your birthday…
If you’re looking for more inspiration, Premier Estates also have a bunch of tasty-looking Prosecco cocktail recipes on their website – complete with instruction videos!
This post contains a PR sample, but all views are my own and unbiased.