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Fizzy Berry Pick-Me-Up

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

 

Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 40 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
"Mother's Day is all about a celebration, so I like to start things out with a festive cocktail to keep Mama feeling relaxed and light on her feet," says Matt.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup fresh blueberries
  • 12 fresh strawberries, halved
  • 4 large fresh basil leaves
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 750-milliliter bottle sparkling wine, such as Prosecco, chlled
  • Garnishes: lemon slices, strawberries

How to Make It

  1. Stir together blueberries, halved strawberries*, basil leaves, and sugar in a medium bowl; crush berries and leaves with a wooden spoon. Chill 30 minutes (to release juice from berries). Stir 1 cup chilled sparkling wine into fruit mixture, and pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a pitcher, discarding solids. Add remaining wine to pitcher. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately, or chill up to 24 hours.

  2. *Frozen, thawed strawberries and frozen blueberries may be substituted.