April 25, 2011

Cocktail Corner: Strawberry Basil Bellini

Easter Sunday at our house is an Italian festival all its own. Copious amounts of baskets for adults and kids alike, and a smorgasbord of antipastas, meal selections and, naturally, wine pave the way for a fun and tummy-filling day.

Its become a tradition to serve up a speciality cocktail following Easter mass and prior to dinner hitting the table, and this year, your truly took the reigns with a spontaneous creation... a Strawberry Basil Bellini.

Strawberry Basil Bellini
  • 1 pack of Driscoll's strawberries, fresh
  • 7 leafs of basil, large
  • 1 bottle Prosecco (or other sparkling white wine)
  • Vodka (optional)
In a food processor or blender, add strawberries and basil. Puree for 1 minute. Add mixture into champagne flute about 1/4 of the way to the top. Finish off with prosecco or other sparkling white wine. If you're feeling edgy, add a splash of vodka to each glass.