Virgin Strawberry Bellinis

Nonalcoholic mocktails at top restaurants and bars are as inventive and delicious as cocktails. David Slape of Manhattan's Del Posto makes a Virgin Strawberry Bellini with strawberry puree and sparkling apple cider from Normandy.

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  • Servings: makes 5 drinks
KEY: Spring, Summer, Cocktail Party, Easter, Mother's Day, Nonalcoholic Drinks, Brunch

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Ingredients

  • 14 ounces fresh strawberries
  • 6 ounces water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ounces chilled sparkling apple cider

How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring to a boil 14 ounces of hulled fresh strawberries, 6 ounces of water and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool. Stir in 1 1/2 ounces of fresh lemon juice. Transfer the strawberry mixture to a food processor and blend until smooth; strain through a fine sieve. Pour 1 ounce of the strawberry puree into each of 5 flutes and top with 3 ounces of chilled sparkling apple cider.
Contributed By Published January 2007

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