Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Weekly Inspiration: Seasonal Cocktails

No matter the time of year, I love taking advantage seasonal fresh fruit when serving signature cocktails at my clients' weddings. These refreshing Rossini's combine champagne with strawberry puree for a perfect summer sip at a sunny July wedding.

Let the season of your wedding inspire some creative mixology - pumpkin and ginger make marvelous martinis in fall, cranberries warm any chilly day in winter, and citrus and mint in the spring are fresh and bright like the season itself.

Photography by Gertrude + Mabel.


  1. These look amazing - and I just so happen to have strawberries and a cold bottle of champagne in the fridge. Who needs a wedding? How about a Saturday afternoon!

    1. They do look yummy! Too bad we are having an alcohol free wedding!

  2. Would love the directions to making this if you are willing to share! Thanks

  3. I would also love the directions!

  4. This recipe for the Rossinii Cocktail is from the Cavalli Club in Florence:
    Combine the fresh strawberry puree with with prosecco and some ice in the shaker, shake it well with the ice then pour it in the martini glass or the flute.

  5. well ladies, here we do not have strawberries, so i would use daily's strawberry strawberry daiquiri and add the champagne to the frozen mix and shake shake shake it

  6. please stop and think before you shake, shake, shake and stir, stir, stir instead. You are going to end up with strawberry and champaign on your ceiling.

  7. I would love the directions for this if your willing to share

  8. here is one way I found ....Keep the city of L’Aquila in your thoughts and prayers, I will be posting more info
    on how you can help and the rebuilding of this art filled city in near future posts)
    The Rossini is another version of the Bellini cocktail. It began to become popular
    in the last century. Prepared with puree of fresh strawberries and Prosecco or
    Champagne. Serve this cocktail in a fluted glass and you will have an elegant and
    refreshing drink.

    Recipe for the cocktail is 1/3 fresh strawberry puree to 2/3 cold Prosecco or
    Champagne. The preparation consists of the simple union of the ingredients in a
    glass with some ice.

    The most complicated part of this (if you can call it that) is making the strawberry
    puree. The only way to do this is to put in a blender or small food processor. Once
    pureed, mix with a few drops of lemon juice and some sugar syrup (made by mixing
    water and sugar over low heat till sugar is melted)

  9. What if u topped the drinks with whipped cream?

  10. No shaking, please, you'll lose all the wonderful bubbles! Just strawberry puree (strain through a fine sieve if you don't want the little strawberry "grains" in your glass), 1/3 as Anonymous said, and the 2/3 Prosecco. A little (little!) stirring is allowed. ;) Champagne makes it "just" a Champagne-strawberry cocktail, not a Rossini, I'm afraid. For a Rossini you'll have to use Prosecco. ;) Ciao!

  11. Why would anyone post this "without" the recipe? I don't want to just look at it lol!
    Share :)

  12. I am not the person who put this on pinterest but If I was going to make this I would do as follows: Place strawberries in a blender and blend till your consistency. Place half of the strawberry in glass and top with the champagne. Make sure the Champagne is real cold.
    Try this and see if you like. Place a half cut strawberry on the glass to make it look pretty.
    Another great drink for any occasion is cranberry and champagne. Place half cranberry juice in glass top with champagne.
    Peach juice and champagne. Directions the same. You can use fresh fruits for any champagne drinks. Enjoy!!

  13. Thank You. Looks wonderful.

  14. I'm definitely trying this - it looks absolutely delicious!
    Many thanks

  15. why not include the recipe....kinda silly if you ask me

  16. As she stated above, the recipe IS Champagne and Strawberry puree, so simple, so delicious!

  17. You don't need a recipe, you just mix it to your tast! When I made them, I found that if you pour the champagne in first, then just slowly drizzle the the strawberry puree in, so it doesn't bubble up so much, it still does, but not as much. Also, if fresh strawberries are not available, the frozen ones already have the sweetener in it, all you have to do is puree them.


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