Sunday, June 9, 2013

How to make a Rossini cocktail

Today sharing the recipe of my favorite new summer drink, the Rossini. It is a variation of Harry's Bar's famous Bellini cocktail,


but made with strawberries instead of white peaches


The ingredients could not be simpler:

1 chilled bottle Prosecco (italian sparkling wine)
strawberries (500 gr punnet)
juice of one lemon
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp water

You can substitute the Prosecco with any good quality dry sparkling wine. I used a Cremant from the Loire Valley, which was lovely. You can of course use champagne too, but personally I would save it for another occasion as I could not tell the difference in the finished cocktail.


Place the sugar and water into a saucepan and bring to boil. Let boil until the sugar has completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Hull the strawberries, cut big ones in halves or quarters,  and press the lemon. Place the strawberries, lemon juice and sugar water into a blender, and blend until smooth.


From here, there are two ways to go. You can either refrigerate the blend immediately, or pass through a sieve. The first time I tried this, I did not bother with the sieve, and the result was excellent. The next time, I did the extra step and it was worth it. The sieved mixture is so much smoother and silkier, and does improve the (already) fantastic texture and taste.



Let the strawberry mix and prosecco chill in the fridge for a few hours. Once ice cold, pour about 2-3 tbsp of the strawberry mix into each wine or cocktail glass, and then fill up slowly (!) with the prosecco. If you pour too fast, the strawberry mix and prosecco won't blend, which leaves you with too much foam on the top.


Once the glasses are nearly filled,


add some more prosecco with a swift movement to create a small foam crown.

Chin Chin!


The only thing left to do, is to wait for the l'heure bleue to arrive..


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46 comments:

  1. This looks delicious...I can't wait to try it!!

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  2. Wow!!!!
    It looks delicious!!!! You never cease to amaze, my dearest MaiTai! You are just perfect <3
    What a wonderful drink for a hot Summer day! Can't wait to try it! Chin chin to you with a huge thank you for everything you teach us, M xx

    P.S. Do you think Crémant de Bourgogne can be used as well?

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    1. A Crémant de Bourgogne would be perfect, my dearest Manuela <3 Really any good quality and dry sparkling wine will do. Hope you’ll have much fun with la bella Rossini!xx

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  3. I have a problem with my I Paf it's 3 times i try to comment...
    I was saying that I run to have the Bellini to your fasion, it looks to die!
    But I dont remember if the Vouvray is sparkling?? We drink very good wines but here I have a "blanc" if I can say.....
    Amities
    Monica

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    1. Thank you for persevering with the comment despite the technical problems! The Vouvray I used was sparkling ( a Crémant), and it was perfect for the Rossini. Love the Loire for white wines too.. Amitiés

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  4. Thank you for the recipe this looks delicious!! SAx

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, dear SA!

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  5. Dear MaiTai,

    How refreshing, I can't wait to try this! The photo with the two glasses on the wall, is the second one for me?!

    Have a lovely week ahead.
    Simone

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    1. Of course it is! I’ll put a few more out, so the other girls can join in too :-)

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  6. Ah the local strawberries will be out here in a few weeks and this will be the perfect accompaniment to a hot summer evening! Many thanks!

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    1. Ahh...perfect timing then! Have fun with the recipe :-)

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  7. Oh, it looks delicious, and the strawberries are so good right now! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  8. Love that drink - thanks so much for sharing your way and the lovely pics to go with it. Chin, Chin!

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    1. Thought you would! Chin Chin to you dear Macs <3

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  9. Was für eine super Idee, liebe MaiTai!
    Prosecco ist einfach köstlich, und in Verbindung mit Erdbeeren - mmmh!
    Ein idealer Drink, nicht nur zur Blauen Stunde, sondern auch herrlich abends auf der Terrasse:-)
    Die Bilder - ein Gedicht, wie immer!
    Ein herzliches "Prost", Barbara

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    1. Ein ganz liebes und herzliches ‘Prost’ zurück, liebe Barbara! Viel Spass mit dem Rezept und viele schöne Sommer Abendstunden auf der Terasse :-)

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  10. Mmmh! What a great idea!
    And, strawberries have vitamins so it's not unhealthy, right? Will definitely try the sieved version and raise my glass to you.
    Have a great week,
    Béatrice, Switzerland

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    1. Oh yes, this is full of vitamins and goodness! It’s definitely a good idea to double the quantities ;-) Enjoy a great rest of the week!

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  11. Killing me softly with this post dear friend! I love these and will make haste to try your recipe...thanks for the recipe and encouragement;-) I think this would pair with your tampenade quite well...yum!
    Chin,chin to you and yours, T xx

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    1. Death by Rossini..there are worse ways to go,eh?

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    2. Haha... can’t think of a better way to go! Very clever and witty, my dear friend <3 Can’t walk past strawberries these days.. oh the temptation!

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  12. Merci ma chère pour cette recette qui a l air si fraiche !
    En plus elle a une couleur tellement magnifique
    Dans l espoir de pouvoir le boire ensemble
    Belle semaine
    Bises
    MYRIAM

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    1. J’espère qu’un jour on va prendre une verre ensemble, ma chère Myriam! Une très belle fin de la semaine à vous. Bises

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  13. Dear MaiTai,

    Thank you for sharing this wonderfull recipe, I bet it tastes as wonderfull as it lookes in the two glasses.

    chin chin to you
    Jane x

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    1. I promise that it tastes even better than it looks in the pictures! Chin Chin to you, dear Jane!

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  14. Ah summer in a glass, perfect for Wimbledon too.

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    1. Summer in a glass ~ perfectly said!

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  15. Besides your clothing & travel posts, I also adore your market posts, as markets in France are so rich and full of colours and shapes - I am so sorry there was no opportunity to experience it on my own. The presentation is also beautiful - in this post, I like the small wooden "basket" in which the strawberries are packaged. In my country, they are usually in plastic boxes - it takes so much charm away.
    Lea

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    1. Could not agree more with you on the markets, and hope you can indulge in them one day soon! I used to keep the little strawberry baskets for DS’s birthday parties... once they were decorated and filled with treats, they made lovely party favours for DS’s friends.. but these days are long gone now!

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  16. Unabhängig von dem köstliche Drink, die Korbtasche erinnert mich an die Zeit der Ibiza-Körbe, nur ist die auf dem Foto viel schöner!

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    1. Ja, an die kann ich mich auch noch gut erinnern! Die auf dem Photo liebe ich heiss und innig..

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  17. Perfectly timed to take advantage of our strawberry season, which is at full-bore right now. Off to buy the ingredients -- in my case, a lovely bottle of Cava will provide the bubbles.

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  18. Ooooo!!! I always have a case of Crémant on hand, so I'm definitely dancing a little jig of joy! Can't wait to try this one!
    As always, your posts are inspiring in every way~
    Barbara A

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    1. Perfect!! Hope you’ll love the recipe, have fun!

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  19. Dearest MaiTai, you are such the hostess of gracious living. Strawberries are plentiful here during this time of year, so I will try this very soon. Thanks for the tip on how to pour the wine into the glass, and how to top it off creating the crown. I would have made the mistake of pouring all of the wine into the glass.
    Warm hugs,
    CS

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    1. The only reason I know now, is because I’ve made the mistake myself! Trying to stir it up afterwards created an awful mess.. Hope you’ll love the drink!

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  20. That looks divine! I'll have to add it to my summer cocktail repertoire. I've been doing a lot of Aperol spritz cocktails, and I'm so happy to have another idea for all that leftover Prosecco. Many cheers! Laura from http://www.cocktailsandgelato.com

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    1. Aperol spritz is another fabulous summer drink, cheers to you!

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  21. I followed your recipe today and prepared this with fresh, local, self- picked strawberries and it was divine. Thanks so much for the idea for this scrumptious drink!
    Best,
    Tanja

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    1. Wonderful to hear, dear Tanja. Self-picked strawberries are the icing on the cake, how fresh and delicious they must have been!

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  22. Dear MaiTai,
    wirklich sehr lecker! Gestern abend habe ich den Rossini Cocktail bei unserem Gartenfest angeboten. Er kam sehr gut an und war eine echte Alternative. Ihre Fotos dazu sind auch wieder ganz toll...und die herrlichen Venedig Aufnahmen haben mein Interesse geweckt.
    Herzlichen Dank
    sonnige Grüße
    Gabriele

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