Memories of Peach Bellinis in Venice were the impetus to whip up these luscious, three-ingredient fresh Strawberry Bellinis. There’s no excuse not to make a batch!
Strawberry puree and Champagne combine to make the most elegant, tasty and irresistible cocktail you’ll ever sip!
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.
How to Make Simple Syrup
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.
To make these refreshing strawberry bellinis, 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. These would be delicious with regular simple syrup, too.
To make simple syrup at home, mix equal parts water and sugar and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a month.
- 1 pint ripe strawberries, stems removed (plus a couple for garnish)
- 2 tablespoons plain simple syrup (or strawberry simple syrup)
- 1 cupChampagne
- 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.
Recipe adapted from Food Network
Serving Size:1 glass
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g