For a romantic drink idea, or a fruity cocktail that is a tasty beach drink, Strawberry Bellini Champagne Cocktail recipe blends our easy DIY strawberry syrup with sparkling wine for a colorful and fruity drink. When we host a summer brunch, this is what we serve.
We get asked all the time: What is the difference between a bellini and a mimosa? While both are made with champagne or prosecco or some other sparkling wine, mimosas are also made with juice. A bellini, however, is traditionally made without the juice – and made instead with a fruit puree or a thick, fruity syrup.
Want to learn how to rim a glass with cocktail sugar for your Strawberry Bellini champagne cocktail, a different fruit and champagne drink recipe, or even just a glass of Prosecco? Check out our easy to follow recipe tutorial here.
We also make this Champagne Strawberry Bellini cocktail recipe in a non-alcoholic drink or mocktail option. It’s easy to do: Follow the directions for this Strawberry Bellini with Prosecco recipe, but substitute the sparkling wine with sparkling water and a splash of lemon-lime soda.Print
8 oz Prosecco
4 oz strawberry syrup (see recipe below)
Strawberries for garnish
Strawberry flavored sugar (we like this one by Gustus Vitae) for garnish
1 pound of strawberries (fresh is better, but frozen will work in a pinch)
Water (about 1 cup)
Extra fine or fine sugar (about 1 cup)
FIRST, MAKE YOUR STRAWBERRY SYRUP
Hull and chop your strawberries, then add them into a medium-sized saucepan along with the water and sugar. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring your mixture to a low boil and let the mix cook until the fruit begins to break down (about 8 to 10 minutes). Stir, stir, stir the whole time!
Remove the saucepan from the heat. Place a mesh sieve over a large measuring cup. Strain your syrup through the sieve (to get rid of the fruit solids). Discard the berries or use the berries for another dish (we love adding them to plain yogurt!)
Now carefully pour the syrup back into the saucepan. Bring this mixture back to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and bring the mix to a simmer. You will want to simmer your syrup until it reduces and thickens up a bit (about 5 to 10 more minutes).
Once you’ve hit that stage, remove the pan from the heat and let your syrup cool. Store your syrup in a glass container and keep chilled in the refrigerator.
NEXT, GARNISH YOUR GLASSES
Moisten the glass rim of your chilled champagne glasses with the strawberry syrup. (We brush this on so it doesn’t get gloppy and so we can get a thin, even layer of moisture.) Place a little of the strawberry flavored sugar into a bowl.
Dip the rim of your glass into the flavored sugar. Gently move the glass around the sugar, rotating the glass as you go. Hold upside down and shake off excess sugar. Set aside and repeat.
FINALLY, MAKE YOUR BELLINI
Once your glasses are rimmed with the sugar, add about 1 oz of strawberry syrup into each glass. Top off glass with Prosecco. Garnish with strawberries, if desired.