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Strawberry Basil Champagne Sparklers

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My mother raised me to never leave the house in sweatpants, which is amusing considering that I spend 89% of my off-work hours in ill-fitting collegiate apparel.

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My at-home wardrobe rotation goes something like this:

  • On the bottom: Decent Notre Dame men’s sweatpants; butter-stained Notre Dame men’s sweatpants; Target junior-brand leggings that I wouldn’t even wear to the mailbox; KU Jayhawk sweatpants.
  • On the top: Old Notre Dame T-shirt #1, #2, or #3-37; old race T-shirt to remind myself that I am athletic; whatever Ben has in his clean laundry pile.

Yes, I am a picture of class.

Despite my “cozy” at-home style, I do still change into a pair of jeans to go to the grocery store. I can’t help it. Mom, your work has paid off.

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Ben does not understand this personal commitment to keeping my public appearances sweatpants-free (note: leggings and yoga pants do not count), which causes its own series of marital discord, particularly when we’re leaving the apartment for errands and he walks out in what he insists are not sweatpants, but “track” pants. I see no difference and would appreciate a pair of (reasonably clean) cords—but then again, I did give myself a pass in the yoga-pant category, so maybe I shouldn’t judge.

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Whatever your personal feelings regarding sporting sweats (or track or yoga pants) in public, sometimes a girl just needs a reminder that she’s a lady. Yes, I do occasionally style my hair in something besides a middle-school-esque messy bun. Yes, I do own pants that fit me. Yes, I sip Strawberry Basil Champagne Sparklers.

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Strawberry Basil Champagne Sparklers: Don’t you feel classy and bubbly just reading that name? Try saying it out loud—it feels even better!

Whether your are looking for a cocktail for your Mother’s Day brunch, a fun girls night kick-starter, or a light summer sipper, Strawberry Basil Champagne Sparklers are an ideal choice. If you’ve never tried strawberry and basil together, get ready to go bonkers. These two lovers are flavor-pair perfection.

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To create our pretty-in-pink-drink: We whip up a quick simple syrup (sugar and water get friendly on the stove), steep with fresh basil leaves, then muddle with fresh strawberries. Next, we let our concoction hang out in the fridge for a few hours, until the flavors are well mixed and everyone’s feeling groovy.

A quick trip through the strainer and we are left with an outrageously summery, sweet, succulent, strawberry-basil syrup that I’ve been mixing with just about every liquid in my house (hello, strawberry basil lemonade, strawberry basil iced tea, and strawberry basil ice cream float!). Place a few tablespoons of our beautiful strawberry basil syrup in a champagne glass (or wine glass if you are me and don’t own a champagne glass), top with bubbly, and ta-dah! Class in a glass: Strawberry Basil Champagne Sparklers.

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Mom, thank you for inspiring me to keep in classy, even if I am sipping my Strawberry Basil Champagne Sparkler out of a wine glass, while wearing men’s sweatpants. At least I made my bed this morning.

Strawberry Basil Champagne Sparklers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours, 40 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 50 minutes

Yield: about 6 glasses, depending upon size of pour

Strawberry Basil Champagne Sparklers

Fresh strawberry basil syrup topped with bubbly champagne or sparkling wine makes a light, fruity champagne cocktail that is perfect for a brunch, girls night, or anytime you care to feel classy.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 pint fresh (or frozen and thawed) strawberries, hulled and sliced into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1/2 large lemon)
  • 1 bottle dry white sparkling wine (champagne, prosecco or cava will all work nicely), chilled

Directions

  1. In a medium sauce -an, bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Stir in fresh basil leaves, remove pan from heat, and allow mixture to sit for 35 minutes while basil steeps.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash the strawberries with the lemon juice, until strawberries well crushed. Pour basil syrup into the bowl, then mix thoughly to combine. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, then place in the refrigerator to allow flavors to infuse for at least 4 hours. Strain mixture into a sealable jar or container, then return to fridge until ready to use.
  3. To serve: place 2 tablespoons of strawberry-basil syrup in the bottom of a champagne glass. Top with sparkling wine. Sip and enjoy.
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Author: Erin Clarke

I'm Erin, and I'm on a mission to cook everything that's tasty, {mostly} healthy, and budget-friendly—all while Mr. Right is in the library. I'm convinced that cheese and chocolate are the answer, that you can love sweets and veggies equally, and that delicious, satisfying food should be accessible to everyone. The recipes here are affordable, approachable, and delectable, and I can't wait to share them with you!

43 Comments

  1. I’m a huge piper Sonoma fan.

    It sounds like your mama raised you right. In the South, we’re taught to always look presentable because you never know who will stop by.
    When we toured colleges together, my Mom saw kids walking to class in pajama pants. She begged me never to do the same. And she won. I always present myself well! :)

    • Ben’s parents gave us that bottle for our anniversary and it was fabulous! They know a thing or two about wine/champagne, so you clearly have great taste :)
      Oh, I am having such a flashback to college visits with my mom. She said the exact same thing! I think the 4 of us should go to lunch sometime, lol. Thanks Christina! Have a great day.

  2. Sounds perfect and they are so pretty!

  3. OMG I love these! I’ll take 5 glasses, pronto :)

  4. Gorgeous! Anything with bubbly is good in my book. Cheers!

    Also, did you go to KU? Just curious. I graduated from Kansas State.

    • Ah no way!! Such a small world. My entire family graduated from KU except for little ol’ me (ND Irish grad), but I was raised on Jayhawk bball. I have a lot of pals that went to KState and have spent NYE in the “Little Apple.” Are you still a KSU football fan? I was definitely cheering for them this fall!

      • Ha! My entire family went to KU too! I was the only one that didn’t:) I’m also a huge ND fan at heart. Play like a champion! I’m still a KSU football fan. I’m hoping for another good year! Do you still have family KS? My parents live in KC.

        • We officially hung out in another life Lauren. I grew up in Wichita, both of my younger sisters live in KC, and one is about to graduate from KU as a nurse (*sniff** tears of pride). Maybe ND will play KSU in the national championship! Can you tell I’m a delusional Irish fan? Play like a champion indeed!

          • SHUT THE FRONT DOOR??!! I actually grew up in Wichita!! I went to high school in Andover. So weird. Actually, Ali from Gimme Some Oven is from the ta too. She went to North High. And that would be the greatest match up of all time!

          • The ‘ta is stacked!! Further, you used the word ‘ta’ and that makes my life. KMC grad here but get this–I lived in Andover. We’re having a party!

  5. Sometimes I decide not to go out because it means having to change out of my sweatpants. And that’s my classy life. :) Good thing I don’t need to change to make these pretty little sparklers!

  6. I love being right sometimes! Looks like a very refreshing cocktail! Love, Mom

  7. What a great idea! Light and refreshing drink for summer :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  8. I’m a nut for adding fruit to my Prosecco, so I know I’d love these gorgeous, summery sparkling cocktails!

  9. don’t be ashamed by your attire – i wear my JMU athletic shirt plus yoga pants pretty much every single day except when i switch to my kickball shirt cause the JMU shirt is in the wash. seriously, i think we all just end up not caring about what we wear after college anymore b/c you’re just exhausted from work and trying to figure out what’s “cute” and you don’t have the TIME to go shop anymore. or at least that’s the case with me!

    can i please pour myself a large wine glass of this drink? we literally have cases of prosecco leftover from our wedding AND i just bought strawberries! perfection! :)

    • WELCOME BACK Julie! So happy to see your smiling face in my comment inbox, though I think you should get off your lap top and onto that prosecco, stat ;-) Totally feel you on the no time to shop/no idea what’s “cute.” I send online links to my little sister and have her pick, hahaha

      And pour yourself as much of this drink as you like! Let’s stick with the wine glasses–I think they’d hold more! :)

  10. Seriously, my mouth started watering at that first picture. I need a cocktail, stat.

    I’ve lived in sweatpants this week. I’m telling myself yoga pants are the new black.

  11. You KNOW I love this!!! When are we drinking these? xx

  12. ha ha I love it!!! I can’t resist wearing yoga pants in public! this champagne drink looks mighty tasty!

  13. Too funny!! I can’t leave the house in sweats either. Actually, I don’t wear them much, but when I do, I don’t even get the mail with them on. I’ve recently learned just how much I love leggings though! Thought I was a bit too old for them, but I found some that fit fabulously, and I’m practically living in them. Actually wore them out the other day and the kids even said, “MOm… you look good!”. Guess that’s the stamp of approval.
    And… I am certain that I can wholeheartedly stamp my approval on these Strawberry Sippers!! Positively perfect!

  14. I have been looking for something to make for an upcoming girl’s weekend. I love bubbly and the addition of strawberries is PERFECT!

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