Brian and I are working our way through Kim Haasarud’s wonderful 101 Champagne Cocktails. We’ve had good and great drinks so far, and then we had this one: superior in every sense. This is just an easy, delightful beverage. Champagne in a blender? Who has ever done that before? As the picture above shows, you get a little fizz with your buzz. The balance of this drink is very intriguing: the pineapple and berries simply merge with the sweetness of the syrup to create something that tastes great but that you can’t pinpoint. You can’t tell what berry, or that it is pineapple. It’s just good.
We’ve made this beverage both with and without the ice cubes that are suggested. You certainly more volume with the ice, Brian prefers to add just a couple of cubes. The resulting color and flavor are more intense. For a party, this is an interesting beverage choice. You can just scale it up, turn on the blender and you’re set to serve everyone!
Frozen Berry Bellini
Yield: drinks for 2
- ½ cup mixed berries [blackberries are excellent] plus more for garnish
- 3 ounces champagne
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Add 1 cup of ice cubes and process. Pour into small juice glasses and garnish with a few berries
Source: 101 Champagne Cocktails by Kim Haasarud.