Those of us who live in the Midwest know that spring weather is pretty elusive. It’s here for a few gorgeous 74-degree, sun-filled days in mid-March, and then Easter weekend you get snowed in at your parents house. However, it takes a lot more than a few (inches of) snowflakes to keep us down. It’s officially spring, and even if we can’t enjoy it outside, we’re going to pretend like it on the inside.
This Strawberry-Lemonade Champagne Spritzer was my contribution to our Easter menu, and it was an absolute hit. It’s refreshing, beautiful, and most importantly… super tasty. (Like you want to drink the whole bottle tasty.) A homemade strawberry sauce adds just the right amount of sweetness and color to the tart lemon flavor and the fizz of the champagne. I personally prefer a brut champagne which is a little on the drier side, but depending on your tastes this recipe would also be delicious with a sweeter champagne. I picked up a bottle of Limoncellino Soda at World Market to use for the spritzer. However, if you don’t have this available to you, regular lemonade is just as tasty.
What I really like about the Strawberry-Lemonade Champagne Spritzer is that it’s great for spring weather and casual get-togethers, but it’s also a great drink to share with a crowd for events like bridal showers or backyard parties.
*Cheers & bottoms up!*
Strawberry-Lemonade Champagne Spritzer Recipe
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, cored and chopped
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 2/3 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
- Limoncellino Soda or Lemonade
- In a small pot, cook strawberries and sugar on medium-high heat. Stir regularly.
- Once the strawberries have cooked down, add water. You may need to adjust the water based until you reach your desired consistency. The sauce should be thin enough to add into your drink, a little thicker than juice.
- Remove from heat, and pour sauce through a thin strainer. This will remove the chunks and seeds.
- Mix champagne and lemonade in the ratio of 2/3 champagne to 1/3 lemonade.
- Add a splash of strawberry sauce for color and sweetness.
- Top off and garnish with sliced strawberries.
- With one bottle of champagne, this recipe yields around 1 liter.