Strawberry Bellini

Strawberry Bellini

Looking for the perfect way to continue celebrating into 2011? This is the a great ‘morning-after’ cocktail for January 1st. Simple and elegant, this bellini is both a crowd-pleaser for a large party or a romantic surprise for your significant other (I served it with Christmas breakfast for my husband and myself). I’m not a huge fan of strong alcoholic drinks, so my bellini had a lot of strawberry blend in it. My husband however is not a huge fan of overly-sweet drinks, so I only used one tablespoon of the blended strawberries in his and added more champagne to his.

Whether you’re counting down 3-2-1 watching the ball drop on New Years Eve or waking up on January 1st, 2011, this is a delicious celebratory drink. Happy New Year!

Strawberry Bellini

Ingredients

10 oz frozen strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
Bottle of champagne

Directions

Stir the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved (approximately 5 minutes). Cool completely.
In a blender puree the strawberries with 1/3 cup of the sugar syrup until smooth.Strain through a clean fine-meshed strainer and into a bowl. Discard the seeds.
For each serving, pour 2 to 4 tablespoons of the fruit puree into a champagne flute.
Slowly pour enough champagne into the flute to fill.
Gently stir to blend. Garnish with the whole berries, as desired, and serve.

Source: Giada De Laurentiis

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3 Comments to “Strawberry Bellini”

  1. Good way to start the new year! 🙂

  2. This looks delicious! How sweet were they? I am not a fan of overly sweet cocktails. Do you think the sugar could be cut?

    • They were fairly sweet, but I think you can definitely make them less sweet by decreasing the sugar to maybe 1/4 cup or less and using an extra dry champagne. I highly recommend them though, they were so good!

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