We once saw a show about people living like they were in the 1800s who had to make everything from scratch, hunt their own food, make their own soap and so on. The only thing that really appealed to us was the strawberry punch they made by straining strawberries through a sieve. Now that looked worth all the effort. Really ripe strawberries work best, but if yours are under ripe adjust the sugar as needed. Remember also that we tend to go easy on the sugar when we can. Don’t discard the mashed berries. Use them to make jam or stir them into muffin batter.
Any sparkling wine will do here, but the drier the better. We used a sparkling pinot noir.
Sparkling Strawberry Punch
- 8 cups strawberries, washed and hulled
- 6 oz pisco
- 4 oz simple syrup
- juice from half a lime
- 750 liters sparkling wine (preferably a rose)
Place a large fine-mesh strainer over a large bowl. Working in batches, mash the strawberries pushing the juice through the sieve. Depending on the ripeness of the strawberries this should yield two cups of juice. Stir in simple syrup, lime juice and pisco. Stir. Pour into a punch bowl. Top with sparkling wine. Taste and adjust sugar content as needed. Garnish with fresh mint or basil leaves.