Drinks

By Julia Burgi | April 22, 2011

Photo: Velo Steve

Today, strawberries and champagne are a luxurious treat, whether at brunch or after dinner. Yet, thoughout

the ages they have been appreciated for much more than thier gustatory value. In Ancient Rome and Greece, strawberries were considered to have medicinal properties. Later, medeival Europeans used strawberries mainly as a decorative plant in the garden. During the Renaissance, strawberries were recognized for their aesthetic properties and aroma by the wealthy, who used them to decorate their banquet tables. Since they are native to the North America, strawberries have always been popular here and aboud at grocery stores across the country.

So how can you still surprise your friends with this classic combination? Try making a reduction out of the strawberries to jazz up your champagne!

Recipe Adapted from food.com

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  • 1/2 oz Strawberry Reduction, recipe follows
  • Champagne
For Strawberry Reduction
  • 10 medium strawberries diced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup water

Directions

In a small saucepan, combine the strawberries with the sugar and water. Simmer the mixture, crushing the strawberries, until it becomes a syrup, which takes about 20-30 minutes. Pour the syrup into a Pyrex pitcher and plunge the pitcher into a cold bath.

Once cooled, pour the reduction into the bottom of your champagne glasses and then top off with champagne. Stir the mixture to infuse the flavors.

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