This drink was featured in the July ’09 issue of Bon Appetit magazine. I had just received the magazine and was having friends over for a cocktail and luckily had the fruit on hand and some of my favorite sparkling wine chilling in the fridge. One of the mainstays of my summer bar is Cristalano Spanish Cava. Cava is produced in Spain and Prosecco in Italy and they are just as good as…but can’t be called Champagne. That is legally only allowed by the sparkling wine producers in the area of Champagne, France.
The drink was created by Jon Hoeber, a mixologist at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA. It is such a terrific summer drink, involving little more than crushing berries at the bottom of the glass, adding a lemon slice and filling the glass with your choice of sparkling wine. Jon’s recipe called for Prosecco but I always substitute with the Spanish Cava. I get it at Costco by the case and I love it for mixing; it’s “recession fashionable” too so very affordable for a crowd.
The Strawberry Muddle
So light, refreshing and filled with the tastes of summer!
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups chopped hulled strawberries
- 6 thin lemon slices
- Ice Cubes
- 750ml chilled sparkling wine
- Stir sugar and 1/2 cup water in heavy small saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and bring to boil. Cool syrup
- Note: we were in a hurry and so mixed 1/4 cup water with 1/2 cup sugar, followed directions to dissolve sugar and then added 1/4 cup ice cubes to cool syrup.
- Divide strawberries among six 6-8 ounce glasses; add 1 tablespoon syrup to each and mash with muddler or handle of wooden spoon. Add lemon slice to each glass and mash to release flavor.
- Add a small amount of wine to this mixture and stir gently to blend flavors. Add several ice cubes to glass to hold down layered lemon and strawberries and fill glass with wine. Sparkling, beautiful and refreshing, a perfect summer drink!
Photo courtesy of Bon Appetit Magazine