Let’s face it… champagne and other sparkling wines are FUN! They are the quintessential celebration drink. Sparkling wines ring in the new year, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, mark promotions and retirements, help announce new babies and new marriages, and even christen new boats. Wherever there is fun and celebration, sparkling wines won’t be far away. So, let’s have some fun!
This recipe for jam bellinis comes from my friend and mixologist extraordinaire, Lottie Muir. As anyone knows who visited the Midnight Apothecary pop-up bar in London, England knows, Lottie is someone who knows a lot about fun and in this cocktail she’s bringing fun to everyone. Though it’s called a Jam Bellini, this cocktail doesn’t actually use jam, but a quick fruit purée that anyone can make. Purée your choice of berries (Lottie suggests blackberries) in a blender with some lemon juice and superfine sugar OR if you don’t have a blender, simmer them on the stovetop until they breakdown into a purée of sorts. Either way, strain out the seeds (no-one likes berry seeds in their teeth when they are trying to look sophisticated drinking a champagne cocktail) and get ready for the next step.