Thursday, April 2, 2015

Strawberry-mint sparkler





The other day my talented, beautiful and amazing fellow blogger friend, Piper Chuthakeio (of the very stylish mommy/fashion/lifestyle blog Coconut & Bean) and I decided that we needed to get together for a little blog love-fest.  And what better way to collaborate than over a tasty, sparkly spring cocktail photo session, shot by our other talented, beautiful & amazing friend, Ashley Forchelli, of Ashley Forchelli Photography (definitely check out her work!).

We all think this super seasonal strawberry-mint simple syrup concoction with some bubbly Prosecco and a bit of extra oomph from  a little ice-cold vodka is the perfect alternative to regular mimosas for your Easter brunch.  It's also a great way to liven up a boring Tuesday morning like we did.

Here are a couple cute behind-the-scenes pics of me and Piper prepping the berries and having fun in the kitchen. Click on Piper's blog, Coconut & Bean for a great step-by-step photo guide of the recipe.

Berry slicing action.

                                
Cheers, my dears!

A stylish way to keep this yumminess chilled...
Quick tip: Make sure to allow enough time for the simple syrup to cool and chill, and Happy Easter!

Strawberry-mint simple syrup:
2 c. quartered strawberries
4 whole sprigs mint
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. water

1/3 c. fresh lime juice
1 c. ice-cold vodka
1 very chilled bottle of dry Prosecco or brut sparkling wine/champagne

Garnish:
fresh mint leaves
thinly sliced limes

Combine the strawberries, mint sprigs, sugar and water in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer.  After 5 minutes, coarsely mash the berries in the pot with a potato masher to release their juices.  Simmer 5 more minutes. 

Turn off heat and allow to cool to room temperature.  Strain liquid into a bowl, pressing berries with a spatula against the strainer to get all their strawberry deliciousness out.  Chill syrup in refrigerator (can be made up to a 5 days in advance - store in refrigerator).

When ready to serve, combine the fresh lime juice, cold vodka, Prosecco or sparkling wine and 1 cup of strawberry-mint simple syrup in a pitcher or bottle that you can keep on ice (you may have a little syrup left over - drizzle it on ice cream or pancakes!).

Pour into glasses and garnish with mint leaves and lime slices, if desired.  Keep chilled in the refrigerator or in an ice bucket & enjoy!

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