The Sgroppino Cocktail With a Cascadia Twist

Posted by Jay Jordan on

Brace yourself for a refreshing and exciting addition to your sparkling wine cocktail repertoire!

When it comes to Champagne cocktails, or cocktails made with other varieties of sparkling wine, there are a lot to choose from. Mimosas and Kir Royals are perennial favourites. You can’t go wrong with a French 75 if you’re feeling like something classic. A Bellini is always refreshing if you are in the mood for something Italian. Speaking of Italian – how can we overlook the Sbagliato – basically a negroni topped with prosecco.

For our selected cocktails, we too, are going to look to Italy. But, to one of their lesser-known cocktails made with Prosecco. The Sgroppino. It’s a shame it’s not better known, because it is both delicious and refreshing which are important qualities of a great drink.

The Sgroppino is the other great Venetian cocktail made with Prosecco (the first would be the Bellini) the Sgroppino is a refreshing and light. It is made with lemon sorbet, vodka, and Prosecco. The tangy lemon sorbet is balanced by the sweetness of the Prosecco, creating a perfect harmony of flavors. The addition of vodka gives the flavors and texture a slight boost, making it a perfect after-dinner drink.

To make a Sgroppino, start by scooping out lemon sorbet into a blender. Add a splash of vodka and blend until the sorbet is smooth. Pour the mixture into champagne flutes and top it off with chilled Prosecco. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel or a sprig of mint for a refreshing and elegant touch.

picture of the Sgroppino cocktail 


This basic recipe is a great place to start and mix and match elements to your heart’s content. You can play with different sparkling wines. You can substitute different spirits for the vodka. One of my favourite substitutes is gin. That takes the drink into a slightly slushy French 75 territory which is kind of fun.

To give our Sgroppino a Cascadia twist, we are going to use a passion fruit sorbet. We pair that with the new Contact Gin from Driftwood . Contact Gin has lovely tangerine, citrus flavor that works well with passion fruit. Then we are topping it with Mionetto Prosecco.

If you're a fan of light and refreshing cocktails, the sgroppino is a must-try. Its delicate balance of flavors and gorgeous presentation make it a stylish addition to any gathering. Indulge in the flavors of Italy with the sgroppino and impress your guests with your impeccable taste.


  • 1 scoop of passion fruit or lemon sorbet
  • 1.5 oz of Driftwood Contact Gin
  • Top with Prosseco
  • a twist of lemon peel or a sprig of mint for garnish


      1. Scoop out passion fruit or lemon sorbet into a blender.
      2. Add a splash of Driftwood Contact Gin or Vodka and blend until the sorbet is smooth.
      3. Pour the mixture into champagne flutes.
      4. Top the drink with chilled Prosecco. 
      5. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel or a sprig of mint. Enjoy! 


    picture of Driftwood Contact Gin

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