I’ve worked on a trio of recipes to take full advantage of the short seasonal harvest of strawberries we have here in Western New York State. I’ve already shared with you my Smoked Strawberry Hand Pie and my Creamy Smoked Strawberry Semifreddo. Now, it’s time for a refreshing cocktail that also features smoked strawberry.
Just grab a couple of quarts of fresh strawberries or even store bought when they are out of season in your area and pick your smoke technique: we have three options – the charcoal grill which is how I did my strawberries, the gas grill or the handheld food smoker. Then prepare to make our version of the strawberry Bellini which has a trademark smoked strawberry to balance the sweetness of simple syrup and Prosecco.
After smoking the strawberries using either a handheld food smoker, stovetop smoker, gas grill or charcoal smoker – we have instructional videos on all these techniques – the next step for our Bellini is to make the simple syrup. Taking 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water, I add both to a saucepan set over medium heat and stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Then I remove it from heat and allow to cool. At this point, I like to pour the simple syrup into a liquid measuring cup to make adding to our cocktail easier.