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15 Best Sparkling Wines Under $20 to Use in Cocktails

Bubbly doesn’t have to break the bank—especially if you’re planning on mixing it into a cocktail like a French 75 or a Mimosa. If you’re willing to skip the real deal Champagne, there are plenty of quality sparkling wines out there for much less. Here, our favorite bottles for under $20.

France

Bouvet-Ladubay Saphir Saumur Brut ($13)

Pale yellow and full-bodied, this wine combines Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay for a rich flavor with strong notes of peach and pear, making it ideal for stone fruit cocktails like the Bellini (don’t tell the Italians).

Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé ($19)

A gorgeous orangey-pink, this sparkling rosé is not too sweet, but still pleases with delicate notes of strawberries. It would be a wonderful gift for a host with a taste for pink drinks.  

Marquis de la Tour Brut ($10)

This bottling from the Loire Valley has an herbal, almost smoky flavor. It pairs especially well with food, so try serving it at your next dinner party in a sparkling herbal cocktail, like the Harry Rico.

Italy

Umberto Bortolotti Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut ($17)

This Prosecco is very bubbly with a fragrant, flowery aroma and delicate, clean flavors. Lean into the floral notes by spiking it with a little St-Germain elderflower liqueur for the ultimate aperitif.

Le Colture Fagher Brut Spumante ($15)

This golden sparkler offers strong citrus flavors and savory aromas, with subtle notes of honey and tropical fruits. Use it in a similarly citrus-forward sparkling cocktail, like a Mimosa or an Airmail.

La Marca Prosecco ($14)

You’ve probably seen this bottle in the bargain bin of every liquor store, but trust us: This is a solid go-to bubbly. Its widespread availability isn’t its only attractive quality; it’s citrusy and bready with notes of apple, and it can be used in a wide variety of sparkling cocktails.

Spain

Parxet NV Cuveé 21 Brut Cava ($12)

This Cava has a unique spiciness with zesty notes of white pepper, herbs and a slight nuttiness. Use it in a spicy, savory, sparkling cocktail, like our effervescent take on the Bloody, the Bubbly Mary.

Oriol Rossell Brut Rosé ($10)

Another one of our favorite budget-friendly sparkling rosés, or rosados, as the Spanish would say, Oriol Rossell is a delicious find. Hot pink with strong strawberry notes and a hint of spice, this is a rosé for those who like their wine tart and fruity. Use it in this rosé, Aperol and strawberry ice cream float or another dessert-friendly cocktail.

Segura Viudas Aria Estate Brut Cava ($13)

This dry sparkling has a strong nutty aroma and a tangy, pineapple taste. Crisp and versatile, it’s a great option for balanced, not-too-boozy cocktails like this White Sherry Sangria, which calls for Manzanilla sherry, orange liqueur and a bounty of fresh fruit.

United States

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige ($18)

This Napa Valley wine has taken home several silver medals at various wine competitions over the years, and it’s easy to see why. A blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, it has gorgeous notes of sweet vanilla and melon, with acidic citrus and berry flavors. It would be a welcome addition to any sparkling take on a classic Sangria.

Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut ($13)

This medalist from the Columbia Valley of Washington state is made “méthode Champenoise,” which means it is made in the style of a Champagne, resulting in a toasty, yeasty flavor. Take advantage of its rich flavors by using it in a deeply fruity Kir Royale.

Chandon Blanc de Noirs ($18)

This sparkling from Carneros, California, has a rounded, inviting flavor, with notes of cocoa, fresh bread, berries and orange. Made primarily from pinot noir, with a little bit of chardonnay, it has a bold enough flavor to stand up to more powerfully flavored sparkling cocktails, like the Bellini Royale. 

Gruet Brut ($15)

This Albuquerque, New Mexico-based winery specializes in a wide variety of vintage and non-vintage sparkling wines, all made méthode Champenoise. You can find something for everyone within their portfolio, which includes everything from sparkling rosé to Blanc de Noirs to Demi Sec, but you can’t go wrong with their classic Brut offering. Citrusy, toasty and crisp, it will suit just about all of your sparkling wine needs, and it makes for a wonderful Champagne Cocktail.

Roederer Estate Brut ($20)

Easy to find and critically acclaimed, this is one of our favorite California sparkling wines, produced in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino county. Biscuity, with a refreshing citrusy aroma, it’s a wonderful choice for most sparkling cocktails and, at the higher end of the budget spectrum, a great splurge (without no actual splurging required).

Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs ($20 for a 4-Pack)

Don’t knock this canned sparkling wine until you try it. Inside the rosy can is a single serving of the winery’s Blanc de Blancs, a delicious sparkling that tastes of summer fruit and honeysuckle. The small size means you won’t have any leftover bubbly to go flat, and its convenient container is perfect for on-the-go, outdoor drinking.

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