We're got a fruity drink recipe that is quick and refreshing! Summer brings an array of fresh fruits that are in season. Fruits like apples and oranges are typically seen all year round, but strawberries taste best during the hot months. Their season is generally April through June, so don't waste any time trying this strawberries in champagne recipe!
Fun and Nutritional Facts About Strawberries
- Strawberries are low in calories. One cup of unsweetened strawberries has 55 calories.
- Strawberries are low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
- Just one serving of about eight strawberries provides more vitamin C than an orange.
- Eat your strawberries fresh for better nutritional value. Berries won't ripen after they’re picked so eat them right away.
- There are many varieties of strawberries, such as Douglas, Pajaro, Chandler, Selva, Fraises de Bois (very tiny, red and white) and long-stem (any variety picked with a stem).
- California is the largest strawberry-producing state with 83 percent of the crop in the U.S. Florida is the second largest producing state. Other U.S. growing areas include Oregon, Louisiana, Michigan and North Carolina.
- Strawberries are actually a member of the rose family. They grow in the ground from cuttings and need to be protected from snails and slugs.
- There are "Pick Your Own" Strawberry farms across the U.S. and many Strawberry Festivals throughout the country.
- Strawberries are the first crop ready for harvest in most temperate regions, usually in May or June.
Strawberries in Champagne Ingredients
- 2 pints strawberries
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brandy
- Mint sprigs
- Wash strawberries, drain and place in a shallow bowl
- Sprinkle with sugar and brandy
- Cover and chill several hours
- Spoon berries into coupe champagne glasses (shallow, stemmed glass)
- Fill with champagne and garnish with mint.
This specific recipe makes 4 to 6 servings. Enjoy!
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