This is hands down one of the most delicious (and cleanest) cocktails out there and makes a wonderful apéritif and/or celebratory drink. Thankfully, we had a lot to celebrate this past week which means LOTS of strawberry Champagne cocktails! Or, to be more precise, we had a lot of sparkling wine cocktails and some Champagne cocktails. As a former neighbor of France, I feel obliged to point out the difference so if you are (like many people seem to be) still confused about the terminology, here is the low down: All Champagnes are sparkling wines but not all sparkling wines are Champagnes! Your bubbly only truly qualifies as “Champagne” if it comes from Champagne, a region in France.
For this Strawberry Champagne Cocktail, I like to use an extra-dry sparkling wine which is a dry wine with a hint of sweetness which would also be my recommendation for this mix drink; however, it is entirely up to you which wine you choose! Here is an overview of the sweetness levels in case you’re unsure which wine to pick:
- Extra Brut – extremely dry
- Brut – very dry
- Extra Dry – off-dry, a hint of sweetness
- Sec – lightly sweet
- Demi-sec – sweet
- Doux – very sweet
I enjoy “real wine” as much as I enjoy “real food” which means: I try to buy organic or even better, bio dynamic wines and/or from Estates that are known to follow traditional wine making principles.
Many big, commercial wines are heavily manipulated – there are 200 FDA approved additives (including genetically modified yeast) that can be used in wines and a number of wine making procedures, such as reverse osmosis (let’s just say, the result has not much in common with natural, traditionally produced wine) hence my preference for artisanal, clean wines, though, beware: there is a lot of fraud in wine labeling, too. Terms like “natural” and “artisanal” are used, abused and mislead consumers; make sure to do your own research or look for certifications, such as Demeter.
- 1 pint strawberries
- 1 mint leaf
- Mint for decoration
- Wash and hull strawberries and cut into smaller pieces
- Using a fork, mash strawberries and mint leaf in a sieve and collect juice in a bowl
- Divide juice into glasses and slowly add Champagne