Brighten up your brunch table with this easy strawberry bellini. It takes no time to make and is fresh, colorful and the perfect springtime sip.
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These days, I don’t tend to have a drink other than coffee if we go out for brunch, but that certainly wasn’t the case pre-kids. While far from always, I could definitely be tempted by a brunch cocktail now and then.
Drinks like mimosas and bellinis are also great when you want something with less alcohol but still a little fancy-feeling later in the day, and this strawberry bellini is a tasty spring/summer variation. So much so, I might have to try them more often.
What’s the difference between a mimosa and a bellini?
You might be looking at the ingredients and thinking this looks kind of like a mimosa. Well, that’s not surprising as they are very similar. Traditionally a mimosa is orange juice + champagne and a bellini is peach puree + prosecco.
Now once you get in to changing up the fruit (like my persimmon apple cider mimosa, too), you could argue that the specific sparkling wine is irrelevant. Technically, champagne and prosecco aren’t just sparkling wines from different countries, they are made from different grapes, so true connoisseurs may be able to tell the difference.
Personally, I’d say go with what you prefer, as well as considering your budget, with cava, prosecco and champagne all being good options. I would just recommend ‘brut’, the driest form whichever you choose.
As for the name, I tend to go with mimosa when it’s mainly juice-based, and bellini when it’s more of a fruit puree (like my lemon raspberry bellini).
Tips for a perfect strawberry bellini
When a drink has only two ingredients, there’s not much to it, of course, but a couple tips:
- make sure your strawberries are ripe, but not overripe – seems obvious, but you want the best flavor;
- strain the strawberries after you puree them – any seeds that get through become kind of gritty in the bottom of your glass;
- add the sparkling wine slowly – the puree seems to make it extra bubbly, I found;
- stir gently – they won’t naturally mix, but the puree will hold in suspension after mixing. You just don’t want to mix out the bubbles.
You’ll find this strawberry bellini a beautifully colored, as well as flavored, elegant drink that’s perfect for brunch or really anytime. Easy to make, and definitely easy to enjoy.
Like easy cocktails, perfect for brunch? Try these!
- St Germain gin and tonic
- Cava sangria
- Blueberry French 75
- Pineapple mimosa
- Pimm’s mojito
- Plus check out all the cocktail recipes for more inspiration.
- 8 oz strawberries 225g, gives 2/3 cup/160ml puree
- 2 tsp sugar approx, to taste (can exclude if strawberries are sweeter)
- 6 oz prosecco (1 glass, 180ml) approx
- Blend the strawberries until smooth then strain through a very fine sieve or cheesecloth to get as many of the seeds out as possible. Add the sugar, half at a time, tasting to see if it's roughly the sweetness you'd want then add more as needed.
- Divide the strawberry puree between two glasses, filling up to a little under halfway. Top the glasses with prosecco, a little at a time as it will bubble up a lot. Gently stir to mix and serve.
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