Remember that gross neon-blue “prosecco” you saw floating around the internet earlier this summer? Turns out it’s not even really Prosecco at all. Given the ingredients in the cloyingly sweet Saraceni Blumond (sparkling wine, blue curaçao [an artificially dyed orange-flavored liqueur], and peach flavoring), it’s more of a bottled cocktail than anything, and it doesn’t even taste good. So on that note, let’s explore a few better bubbly alternatives to sip on throughout the rest of the season — after all, your drink shouldn’t really be the same color as the pool you’re lounging next to (unless, of course, it’s a professionally executed tiki cocktail employing proper use of blue curaçao). Here are some actually socially acceptable (and palatable) celeb-vetted sparkling drinks that won’t make you look like a huge douchebag.
THE OG FRENCH 75
D’USSÉ is a great cognac that also happens to be Jay’s spirit of choice. While some assume that dark spirits like this are more cold weather-appropriate, what most don’t know is that it happens to be the original spirit of the French 75, which most regard as a gin cocktail thanks to the English. Back in the day, it was made with cognac, sugar, lemon, and champagne, and it’s pretty damn delicious in its original form, so order one of these bad boys at an al fresco brunch or whip up a round at your next pool party.
Madonna recently posted an Instagram of what seems to be an Aperol Spritz, which is fitting given her Italian roots (in addition to the fact that a classic spritz is one of the most reliably perfect summer cocktails of all time). You can get it at pretty much any bar as most places are bound to have Aperol, a bright red bitter Italian liqueur, or you can make it at home with the incredibly easy classic recipe. It’s three parts (real) Prosecco, two parts Aperol, and one splash of soda; serve it in a globe or wine glass and garnish with an orange wedge.
In case you didn’t know, G-Eazy was just named Partner & Co-Creative Director of Stillhouse, an American clear corn whiskey brand based in Los Angeles. Out of curiosity, we checked out the goods and played around with the original unflavored expression — turns out it’s an awesome base for classic punches, which typically feature four core ingredients per this little ditty: “one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak,” though often in present day, a bubbly element is added. Punch gets a bad rap thanks to college-era “jungle juice” in its many offensive forms, but when made correctly, it’s an awesome cornerstone for a summer gathering thanks to its large format preparation and easy-to-serve nature. Try experimenting with one of these Stillhouse punch recipes and top each glass with a splash of champagne before serving.