The history of strawberries and Champagne
Strawberries and Champagne are so often served together that it could seem that this tasty pair has a bit of romantic history.
The humble strawberry often stood as a symbol for Venus, the Roman goddess of love, because of its heart shape, deep red colour and purported aphrodisiac qualities. Bubbly, of course, is also closely associated with all things romantic since it’s so often popped at weddings, proposals, and other loved-up occasions.
However, the true beauty of this pairing is that they just taste simply wonderful when enjoyed together. The effervescence of the Champagne teases out the sweetness and tart notes from the strawberry, which combines in the most delightful way.
Top tips & tricks
Make sure your ingredients are nice and cold
Take your time to shake up the vodka with the crushed ice to get it perfectly frosty. Also, ensure that your Champagne is chilled before you pop it to charge the glasses. This way you will be able to pour a delightfully refreshing drink.
If you want to make the bubbles last, use a flute
2 Ingredient Champagne cocktails like these can be served in martini glasses or flutes. Many Champagne purists will tell you that the bouquet of these wines is best enjoyed in a glass with more surface exposure such as the martini glass. However, if you want the bubbles to last to provide some visual spectacle, a flute is your best bet.
If you are wary of popping the bottle, use a kitchen towel
Opening a Champagne bottle can be something tricky and a little daunting if you aren’t used to doing so. To make things simpler, use a kitchen towel. Holding the bottle in your non-dominant hand, untwist the tie in the wire that keeps the cork in place. Without removing the wire, place the towel over the top of the bottle, grip it tightly with your dominant hand, and gently wiggle the cork and loose wire top from side to side until the cork pops out. Using the towel gives you a little more grip and control.
Perfect occasions to serve the Strawberry Champagne cocktail
- Weddings. The best Champagne cocktails tend to be served as welcome drinks at weddings.
- Garden parties. A summery garden party calls for a happy, sparkly drink like the Strawberry Champagne cocktail, which also happens to be super photogenic.
- Birthday celebrations. Every birthday needs some bubbly, and with this recipe, you can add a little something extra that makes it all the more special.
Strawberry Champagne variations
When you combine bubbly with infused vodka, you can add a fun easy twist to this recipe:
- Try Skyy Strawberry Infused Vodka for a strawberry boost.
- Add pineapple infused vodka mixed with strawberry slices for a tropical twist
- Swap out your strawberries with raspberries or blackberries for more berry fun