Pop some prosecco to make strawberry bellinis, a party perfect, seasonal sipper for your spring and summer celebrations!
Pardon the cliché, but spring has definitely sprung in Charlotte. (With that statement we will get something crazy like snow next week, but that would be a good excuse to make my mom’s award winning chili and update my photos!)
The trees are blooming. The birds are chirping. Neighbors are mowing their lawns, filling our neighborhood with the smells and sounds of spring (fresh cut grass is the best). We’ve been enjoying sunny days at the dog park and warm evenings on our balcony sipping on a glass of wine as the sun lingers a little bit longer.
When spring makes her debut she brings with her the kickoff to a very important (and fun!) celebration season. If you think I’m talking about patio drinking season, I like where you’re head’s at because patio drinking season is probably my favorite season of all and I consider it to be very important (I’m not actually talking about patio drinking season but you should go read about my favorite patios in Charlotte). I’m talking about that period of time from about April through October that many of us observe and have fondly named wedding season.
Wedding season is something starts popping up on your springtime schedule (but also then extends into summer and likely picks back up again in the fall) when you hit your mid to late twenties and move into your early thirties and all of your friends start falling in love with their life partners and get married. It’s full of soirees and showers, brunches and bachelorettes, and ultimately culminates with a big celebration where your friend ties the knot (or says “I do” or commits to another person for the rest of their lives, however you’d like to phrase it) and you get all dressed up and show off your Patrick Swayze dance moves and maybe have one too many “small drinks.” (if you’re interested in my own personal experience with small drinks, please feel free to shoot me an email, it was a really fun wedding and I felt terrible the next day).
I love wedding season (I love the celebrating and the dancing and the drinking and also love in general) so as a seasoned veteran (we were invited to 11 weddings between Fall 2016 and Fall 2017), I’m here to remind you that wedding season is a marathon and not a sprint, and that you need certain things in your arsenal to make it all the way through.
Among those things is a black dress (makes you immediately put together for a bachelorette night out), a variety of Gatorade flavors (helps with side effects of small drinks the next morning) and an easy, yet elevated, sparkling fruit beverage to serve at a bridal shower or bachelorette bash.
And these strawberry bellinis should not only be saved for wedding season. Planning a birthday party? Pop some prosecco and add some strawberry puree. Hosting Easter brunch? Strawberry bellinis would be a fun and festive brunch beverage. Want to drink something fruity and a little fancy just because? Pour yourself a glass and head out to your balcony or backyard to soak up the spring weather. No judgment here.
Or, maybe you’re like me, there’s fewer nights of “I’ve Had the Time of My Life,”and your swapping the small drinks for super cute onesies. (2018 has brought with it the blessings of several of my close friends welcoming new little bundles of joys into their lives, and if family additions aren’t a reason to celebrate, I don’t know what is!) So as I navigate this new springtime season of baby showers, strawberry bellinis will totally be making an appearance, especially because they make great mocktails (just swap Sprite, Ginger Ale or soda water) for the mama to be!
And speaking of baby showers, I’ve joined with a few of my blogging buddies to virtually celebrate our friend, Madison, who should be welcoming baby number two really soon! So since you’ll be adding strawberry bellinis to your arsenal, raspberry shortcake biscuits, lavender curd filled doughnuts, chocolate chip snack cake and baked lemon hand pies really all need to be in your shower/brunch/sunday morning at home arsenal too.
- 1 quart strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced (plus more for garnish)
- 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon sugar (1 tablespoon was a little too sweet for us)
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Bottle of prosecco or champagne
- Slice strawberries in half and place in sauce pan with sugar and squeeze of lemon juice.
- Simmer mixture on low for 20-30 minutes (I added a little bit of water at the beginning before the strawberries started releasing their own juices to start the simmer).
- Let strawberry puree cool. Can be stored in the fridge up to 1 week.
- Pour a small amount (about 1 tablespoon give or take) into the bottom of champagne flute. Top with prosecco or champagne. Amounts can be adjusted to taste.