Venice. The tide was out…and Piazza San Marco was abuzz with tourists. Some friends from Indy were also in the city of love for the day, so we gathered with them at a cafe on the square, where a self dubbed professional waiter catered to our every need. Karen and I sipped on our peach bellinis near where they were first served, at the famous Harry’s Bar. Made of white peach puree and Prosecco, a sparkling Italian wine, the classic Bellini is elegant and oh, so tasty. And I wanted to create a strawberry version while I had some ripe, fragrant berries in my fridge. That’s how these Strawberry Bellinis came about.
My friend, Heidi, a mixologist extraordinaire, sent me some samples of her new product, Not So Simple Syrup. Made of completely natural ingredients and FDA approved, I used her strawberry version to make these lovely cocktails. I tossed 2 cups of berries and 2 tablespoons of Strawberry Not So Simple Syrup into my blender, pureed, then strained. This flavor packed puree was divided between martini glasses, topped with champagne and garnished with a luscious strawberry. Easy as can be…and just as delicious.
- 1 pint ripe strawberries, stems removed (plus a couple for garnish)
- 2 tablespoons Strawberry Not So Simple Syrup
- Puree strawberries and simple syrup in blender. Strain mixture and divide between two glasses. Top with champagne and garnish each with a strawberry to serve.
Heidi has offered to sponsor a giveaway to one of my lucky readers. She will send a gift basket including two large swingtop bottles of Not So Simple Syrup, 2 stemless “glasses”, a muddler and a bar towel to a randomly selected entrant…so please use the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win! This giveaway is only open to US residents.
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