Since I hosted this particular Iron Chef I didn't want to choose something that might give me the chance to win. Sure, I would like to keep my own gifts, but what's the fun in that. I picked a drink, because the poor drink has yet to win. Strawberries provide a lot of recipes for drinks. However, I remember watching an episode of Barefoot Contessa and she talked about easy cocktails for parties. One of her favorite cocktails is a Bellini. A "strawberry" bellini wasn't one of her picks, but I thought it would work fabulously with champagne. And, boy, was I right. I "practiced" this drink on multiple occasions.;) Obviously, I enjoyed it very much, and I know you will too!!
1 bottle of your favorite champagne
1 cup Simple Syrup (or less if you don't like it sweet)
1 small bag of frozen Strawberries
Take out your blender, and add the frozen strawberries. Then, add the simple syrup. Remember, simple syrup is just equal parts water to sugar and boiled till the sugar is dissolved. So, in this case 1 cup water to 1 cup sugar, dissolved.
Next, add about a half cup of the champagne to the blender. Puree for about 30 seconds until the mixture is well blended. Take out your champagne glasses, and pour the puree to about 1/2 the way. Then, add champagne to the remaining half. Stir. It really is a pretty drink, and very simple to make. Enjoy!!
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