This Italian cocktail recipe is both a dessert and cocktail. Think of Sgroppino as a Prosecco slushy with a little vodka and a lot of frozen lemon sorbet. Serve it in champagne flutes or other pretty glassware.
Make just before serving, or make a Sgroppino cocktail ahead of time, and keep in the freezer until ready to serve. Always serve cold.
Updated June 2, 2022.
One of my favorite things about travel is discovering new dishes, and bringing them into my own kitchen. Dishes well-known within a particular culture or region. Dishes with a past that can claim lineage. A perfect example is this Italian cocktail called Sgroppino.
It's refreshing, only need 3 ingredients and about 5 minutes to make. It's perfect for dinner parties, and around the holidays, and is often served as a dessert drink in Italy.
What is a Sgroppino?
I've been to Venice a few times, and found this cocktail in a restaurant in Treviso, a nearby town.
A Sgroppino is an Italian cocktail originating in Venice, that's equal parts cocktail and dessert. It's only 3 ingredients, and takes about 5 minutes to make.
The amounts of all of the ingredients differ from recipe to recipe. Some are heavy on the alcohol, others like this one are more sorbet and less wine.
In Italy, although I'm sure you can order it anytime of day and evening, it's traditionally served after dinner, and is the ultimate summer refresher.
It's also the perfect cocktail during the holidays!!
- Frozen lemon sorbet - not sherbet, and not ice cream. It needs to be sorbet to be authentic.
- Prosecco - champagne is fine, but there's no reason to use your best stuff.
- Vodka - you don't need much, so leave the top shelf vodka for something on the rocks.
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Step 1 (5 minutes)
Scoop and whisk. Scoop the frozen sorbet into a bowl. Pour in half of the Prosecco and whisk until you have a smooth icy mixture.
Whisk in the vodka and remaining Prosecco.
Serve. Pour into champagne flutes or other pretty glasses, and garnish with fresh mint and a couple blueberries.
Can I make Sgroppino ahead of time?
Yes. Just pour the Sgroppino into jars, and tuck into the freezer.
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Sgroppino (an Italian Dessert Cocktail)
- 12 ounces frozen lemon sorbet
- 8 ounces Prosecco
- 2 ounces vodka
- Mint leaves for garnish
- Scoop the sorbet into a large metal bowl. Add one-half of the Prosecco and whisk it around until you have a smooth icy mixture.
- Whisk in the vodka and remaining Prosecco. The cocktail should be very slushy.
- Pour into champagne flutes or other pretty glasses. Garnish with fresh mint and a few blueberries.