Strawberry Muddle

Champagne, or sparkling wine, is something I’d like in my life more often than at midnight on New Year’s Eve. I like the effervescence of sparkling wine and its celebratory nature.

So every now and then we pick up a (very reasonable) bottle of sparkling wine on an ordinary Tuesday to enjoy some time soon. For no reason. Except that we’re alive and feeling awesome, and we just want to celebrate now.

Cheers to Friday. Or Wednesday. Whenever feels right to you.

    

This particular sparkling cocktail caught my eye a while ago, and now strawberries are in season. And cheaper. And super sweet.

Strawberries and champagne remind me of “Pretty Woman”, but that’s not where we’re going with this. Julia Roberts is not in my home. The combination of strawberries and bubbly is classic and obvious, I’m sure, considering that Publix offered a discount for buying both items together.

This drink is fresh and oh-so-pretty. Muddled strawberries tint the cocktail in an ombré red, and the lemon slice seems to be there more for decoration than anything else. That’s cool with me. The drink is best as you start getting closer to the bottom of the glass and catch a few pieces of berry. The Strawberry Muddle won’t replace a good bourbon the rocks for me, but it’s a drink I’d look forward to serving again on a hot, hot day to thirsty friends.

strawberry muddle

serves 6, recipe from Bon Appétit

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries, tops removed
  • 6 thin lemon slices
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 750-ml bottle chilled sparkling wine/champagne (Prosecco)

Stir sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Then, bring it up to a boil before taking it off the heat and letting the simple syrup cool.

Divide strawberries among six short 6- to 8-ounce glasses. Add 1 tablespoon of the simple syrup to each glass. Use a muddler (or the handle of a wooden spoon) to mash the berries  Add a lemon slice to each and mash a couple of times to release flavor, then tuck the slice on the side of the glass. Add several ice cubes to each glass, and fill with sparkling wine/champagne.

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