Strawberry Champagne Soup, served hot or cold, is the perfect side dish or appetizer for Valentine’s Day, baby showers, bridal showers, or breakfast in bed!
I have just loved brainstorming Valentine’s Day recipes this year. I feel so lucky that I get to stay home and brainstorm pretty things all day. What is this life? My last VDay themed recipe of 2016 is also the simplest. And you guys know I love simple, so it’s also one of my favorites. Strawberry Champagne is as tasty as it is pretty, and can be served hot or cold depending on the situation! It’s the perfect first course for baby and bridal showers, and I think it’s just lovely for brunch in bed on Valentine’s Day!
I found a similar recipe in one of my favorite new cookbooks, Saveur Soups and Stews. I have a serious cookbook addiction and this one is just full of SO MUCH BEAUTY. Every style of comforting soup or stew is in this awesome book. When I saw they had included a Strawberry Soup with Balsamic Reduction I knew I had to try it, tweak it, and post it. I just had to.
Strawberries are the perfect pairing with champagne, and both make me think of Valentine’s Day. Whether you sip this soup or eat it with a spoon, serve it hot or serve it cold; I think you’re going to love it.
With this Strawberry and Champagne Soup, I sign off from Valentine’s 2016! Click HERE to see all of my VDay recipes and be sure to check out my very favorites after the recipe card. XOXO!
- 1 cup champagne or prosecco
- 1 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
- 1 1/2 cup water
- pinch salt
- 16 large strawberries, hulled
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- fresh basil for garnish
- Combine champagne, 1 cup sugar, and 1 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and heat over medium high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Once bubbling, reduce to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and pour into a high powered blender.
- Add the strawberries and salt and blend on high until fully pureed and smooth.
- Pour mixture though a fine mesh strainer and back into the small saucepan.
- Meanwhile, cook the balsamic and 1/4 cup sugar over medium heat for about 8 minutes until it has reduced slightly and become syrupy.
- If serving hot, serve the soup right away garnished with fresh basil, drizzled with 1 tablespoon of the balsamic reduction, and sliced strawberries. If serving cold, chill for 1 hour and then serve garnished the same way.
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