Do you love the taste of fresh strawberries and basil? If so, then you will absolutely adore our Strawberry Basil Bellini recipe! This refreshing cocktail is made with champagne, strawberry puree, and fresh basil leaves. It can be served as a dessert drink or at a brunch party to celebrate the warm summer weather. We hope that this blog post about Strawberry Basil Bellini provides helpful information for your upcoming parties!
How to make this drink
Strawberry Basil Bellini is sweet and tangy, with a refreshing taste of fresh strawberries. The basil leaves give it enough flavor to make the whole drink not too sugary or bland. It’s also surprisingly easy to make at home! All you need are some champagne (or sparkling wine), strawberry puree, and lots of chopped fresh basil leaves.
2 cups of fresh strawberries
2 cups of sugar or 1 cup of agave
2 cups of water
10 fresh basil leaves
Step by step Cooking Instructions
Step One: In a pot, add the strawberries and sugar or agave. Let it cook on low-medium heat for about 15 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated and all you’re left with is a viscous mixture.
Strawberries have a lot of water inside them so they need to be cooked down before they can be used in any recipe. This step lets out some of their natural juices but also reduces the amount of sugar needed by making it sweeter naturally!
Step Two: Strain off this strawberry puree into another container using cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer (you may want to do this over your sink). You should end up having around one cup worth after doing this step.
Step Three: Onto the stove, add a pot of water and bring it to a boil. Once there’s enough in the pot for you to be able to later dissolve sugar or agave into without overflowing (around one quart), turn off heat. Add basil leaves and allow them to steep for about five minutes before removing with your tongs.
Make sure that when you’re using fresh ingredients like this that they are always added at the end because if cooked too long, their flavors can get lost!
Step Four: In your shaker fill two thirds with ice cubes then pour in white wine followed by strawberry puree from Step One until full. Shake well until cool and strain mixture over an ice-filled glass before topping with club soda.
The Strawberry Basil Bellini is easy to make and refreshing on hot summer days!
For a more adult version, add in your favorite vodka before shaking with ice cubes. You can also replace the strawberry puree from Step One with raspberry or blueberry – the combinations are endless!!
This recipe is simple to make and has a beautiful pink color. I recommend serving it at your next party or brunch! If you want more recipes, check out my blog for the latest updates on what we’re cooking up in the kitchen. Cucumber Cooler also could be your favorite summer drink?
I’m Jennifer, the writer, recipe developer and photographer behind this site. I love food! I dream in food! I started CGC in October of 2011 as a way to catalog the constant thoughts of food that float through my mind. The best part of my day is dancing around my kitchen to music, singing my lungs out, while creating and photographing dishes inspired from years of travel, mixed with good ole southern culture to share with you. Thanks for reading and I hope you keep coming back for more recipes, travel bits and a dash of this and that... Cheers!