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May 29

Strawberry Lemon Bellini {with a kid-friendly version}

Thanks to Staples, I was able to try out a wine fridge and share a giveaway with my readers! I made you Strawberry Lemonade Bellinis as a celebration – the perfect summer twist on a traditional cocktail!

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I used to love going to Las Vegas. We used to go all the time B.K. (Before Kid). My favorite place to go for a drink was at the Mandalay Bay: The Red Square. You may have seen it on travel shows and stuff; the bar is ice and they have a room for the big spenders that’s like an igloo. You get to wear a fur coat and drink vodka out of ice glasses or something.

We never did that.

The drink I always got when we’d go to the The Red Square was a peach bellini.  Ya’ll know I don’t really like peach but I sort of do. In drinks, I love it. I loved those bellinis!

Since those B.K. days, I’ve realized how much I love champagne drinks. I love martinis and margaritas, sure. But I really, really love the champs. Probably because I love white wine so much!

I decided it was about time I made my own bellinis. But I was in the mood for something other than peach. As always nowadays, I was in the mood for strawberry. And lemon.

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May I introduce you to my favorite new cocktail? A strawberry lemon bellini. It’s SO good people! And it’s so easy to make! First, you have to start with chilled ingredients. Which leads me to a big problem in my house: cold beverages.

My pantry is tiny. It barely holds all my sprinkles, let alone my wine bottles. Normally my overflow ends up in the garage where the temperature is just slightly cooler then Phoenix on a mild summer day. If I forget to bring in a bottle and chill it I have to use ice cubes.

I’m sure those of you who really know wine shuddered at that last sentence, am I right?

Do any of you suffer from the problem of warm wine and champs? Well, then. You’re in luck. This post came at just the right time for you!

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I’ve never thought about how to chill wine properly before. I’ve always just kept it in the regular refrigerator. When I was offered this VinoVault to review from Staples, I didn’t know what to expect. (Staples has a whole line of mini fridges. Who knew?)

The Preservino VinoVault uses green cooling to chill up to 16 bottles of wine (depending on how you place them). Not only does it chill it at the exact right temperature for your wine (you can set the temp based on what you’re chilling) but the fridge is also able to lock in the freshness of your open bottles.

When I first placed one of the Preservino Professional Wine Stoppers in the bottle and used the funny looking oxygen container to preserve my open bottle, I was skeptical. What was the point?

When I tasted the wine the next day, I realized the point. It preserves the flavor of your wine at the perfect temperature! I drink Chardonnay almost exclusively and whenever we order a bottle the wine tastes better towards the end of the meal – because it’s finally at the perfect temperature. The Preservino VinoVault stores your wine at the perfect temp all the time – so it tastes amazing straight out of the bottle!

{Want your own wine fridge? I’m giving one away!! Scroll down to enter!}

Perfect when you want a perfectly chilled glass of wine or a Strawberry Lemon Bellini.

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This bellini is made with strawberry puree (strawberries + sugar + blender), champagne or sparkling wine, and limoncello.

I’ve never bought limoncello now and I kind of wish I hadn’t. It’s so good!

You mix all three together and you get a fabulous summertime bellini! It’s a new twist on a classic cocktail.

And, of course, if you’re like me and B.K. has become K, then you need an alcohol-free version. Jordan sees my pretty cocktails and demands her own, of course.

So I made sparkling strawberry lemonade. It’s really good. I bet it’d be good with vodka too…

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I’m really thirsty now, excuse me for a minute…

Strawberry Lemon Bellini and Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemon Bellini and Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Ingredients

    For the Strawberry Puree
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped in half
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • For each Bellini
  • 2 ounces chilled strawberry puree
  • 1 ounce chilled limoncello
  • Champagne, chilled
  • For Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
  • 1/4 cup chilled strawberry puree
  • 1/2 cup chilled lemonade (I used Crystal Light)
  • 1/2 cup chilled sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Make the strawberry puree: puree strawberries and sugar in a blender until smooth. You may need to add a dash of water or two, to make your blender work. Store in the fridge in a jar until ready to use.
  2. To make a bellini: place strawberry puree in a champagne glass. Add limoncello and fill the rest of the glass with champagne or sparkling wine. Stir gently if desired. Garnish with a half of a strawberry and/or some lemon rind.
  3. To make lemonade: add all ingredients to a glass and stir slightly to mix.
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Now for the giveaway!

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Do you want to win your own VinoVault? I know you do!!

One lucky Crazy for Crust reader will win a VinoVault (value of $299) from Staples! You must be a U.S. resident and be 21 years or older to enter. Please see full rules in the rafflecopter form. Giveaway runs until midnight on June 4, 2013. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Enter via the rafflecopter form below. (Sometimes it takes a second to load.)

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Full disclosure, Staples provided me with this Preservino VinoVault Wine refrigerator to review and giveaway. I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. To see their full line of mini refrigerators, visit Staples.com