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Strawberry Basil Sorbet Bellini

A simple cocktail, perfect for summer – this Strawberry Basil Sorbet Bellini is a twist on a classic peach belini with champagne poured over homemade strawberry basil sorbet.

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You get bubbles! You get bubbles! EVERYBODY gets BUBBLES!! Just call me the Oprah of Bubbles, I don’t mind, because it’s summer and all of you need a respite from this heat and dang it I have a respite for you!! It might be the three glasses of this in me while I type – but I’m pretty sure bubbles are the new black. And red. And green. This beaut has summer strawberry and basil sorbet playing the role of fruit puree in the traditional bellini.

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Strawberry +Basil = Sorbet + Bubbles = Sorbellini

Or would that be Sorbetellini?

That rogue “t” trips me up every time I type it. And the same thing goes for Sherbet! How many of you pronounce your sherbet with an “R”? I never even realized that sherbet didn’t have an “r” in it until one of my midwest blogging buddy told me about it! Naturally I had to investigate the next time I went down the ice cream aisle – and there is no R in sherbet!! I feel like my whole ice cream filled life has been a lie. I just chose to ignore the missing “r” much like I chose to ignore that Matthew Crawley is dead. (He can’t be dead! It’s a cruel joke! Damn you, Downton!!) What is this all about? Rachel said that we all say it right, but it’s the ice cream people who have been misprinting their labels for years. I happen to agree.

So is it Sor-bayyy or Sor-Bet? Rogue letter everywhere…

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But we Washingtonians are rather apt at putting rogue r’s into places they don’t belong. Anyone ever hear their grandparents drop an “r” into “wash”… You going to go warsh that darn car? It makes me cringe! And as G-ma would say, we’re “Warshingtonians”.

Okay, I could go far too down that rogue letter path and never recover – so let’s move on.

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If you are tardy to the party – it’s BERRY WEEK! The usual suspects and I are teaming up to celebrate summer in every berry filled way we could imagine. And trust me, there are some doozies of recipes in this line up. These women are inspired, each and every one of them.

Now go get cho’ berry awwnnn!! It’s awwn. Like donkeh Kawwng!!

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Get the rest of the Berry Week Lineup from these fabulous ladies!

Monday: Comfortably Domestic-Fresh Strawberry Pie / La Petite Pancake-Berry Sangria

Tuesday: Inside NanaBread’s Head-Annie’s Blackberry Cake / From My Sweet Heart-Summer Berry Terrine with Mascarpone Whipped Cream

Wednesday: Climbing Grier Mountain-Vanilla Gelato with Peach-Blueberry Compote & Honey Whipped Cream / Tenaciously Yours-Strawberry Smash

Thursday: Country Cleaver-Berry Sorbet Bellini:: ME! / The Girly Girl Cooks-Strawberry-Rhubarb Stuffed French Toast / The Grommom-A Lightened-Up Berry Crisp

Friday: Buffy and George-Black Raspberry & Cherry Pie with a Gluten-Free Crust / My Kvetchin’ Kitchen-Berry Earl Grey Cocktail

Saturday: Munchin’ in the Mitten-Cherry Clafoutis / Decadent Philistines Save the World-Raspberry Marshmallows

Strawberry Basil Sorbet Bellini

Yield: 5 glasses

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes +1 Hour Chill Time

Total Time: 2 Hours 15 Minutes + 10 Minutes Rest Time

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6 cups Fresh Strawberries, hulled and chopped
10 leaves Basil, minced
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Water

1 Bottle Sparkling Wine or Champagne, chilled


In a large food processor, add in strawberries and pulse until smooth. Over a large bowl, pour the strawberry puree into a fine mesh strainer. With a rubber scraper, push the strawberry puree through the strainer to remove most of the seeds and fiber from the berries. Stir in the minced basil leaves. Discard the pith and seeds in the strainer. Set puree aside.

In a small sauce pan, stir the water and sugar together until the sugar dissolves. Over medium high heat, bring the sugar syrup to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Stir the syrup into the strawberry basil puree. Place into the fridge for 1-2 hours to chill the mixture.

Prepare the sorbet using an ice cream maker according to the ice cream maker's instructions. Use immediately or place in a freezer safe container.

To prepare bellinis, dollop 1 heaping spoonful of frozen sorbet into a champagne glass and pour chilled champagne over the top. Sip immediately.

Megan Keno - Country Cleaver


46 Responses to “Strawberry Basil Sorbet Bellini”

  1. #
    Carrie @Bakeaholic Mama — July 18, 2013 @ 3:57 am

    Yes. Yes. Yes. I am obsessed with herbs and fruit together. These are gorgeous Megan.

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 18, 2013 @ 4:02 am

    Love Bellinis, love the strawberry and basil flavor combo and love sorbet! Love, love, love this perfectly refreshing summer sip, girl! xo

  3. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 18, 2013 @ 5:13 am

    This is such a fabulous idea! Love it!

  4. #
    Kathryn — July 18, 2013 @ 5:16 am

    This drink! Love everything about it.

  5. #
    Julia — July 18, 2013 @ 5:28 am

    Lookit you ladies and your fabulous fancy berry recipes! Everything looks marvelous and I love your strwberry basil bellini! So refreshing!

  6. #
    Jeanne (NanaBread) — July 18, 2013 @ 5:46 am

    What do you mean ‘there’s no R in sherbert’? I simply don’t believe it. Luckily, it won’t keep me from adding this sherbert/sherbet to my summer To Do List. It’s lovely, Megan! (PS – The Complete Package says warsh, too. Gah!)

  7. #
    Tieghan — July 18, 2013 @ 5:51 am

    So gorgeous Megan!

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    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — July 18, 2013 @ 5:57 am

    Even though I’m pregnant, I’ve been searching for a fun cocktail to be served during my baby shower brunch – this would be a fabulous idea!

  9. #
    Sheila — July 18, 2013 @ 6:24 am

    OH MY GOO-ness! Strawberries and Basil two of my favorite things!! Love this can’t wait to make… PINNING NOW!

  10. #
    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — July 18, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    Your photos are stunning!!! For mother’s day brunch I had a drink that was muddle strawberries and basil, rum and prosecco. It was so good – but upping the ante with sorbet? I’m sold.

  11. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — July 18, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    My dad and MIL here in the Midwest “warsh” the laundry and car, too! 😉 Such a lovely bellini. Pour me one, please!

  12. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — July 18, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    Oh this drink is right up my alley!!

  13. #
    bridget {bakeat350} — July 18, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    totally sherbeRt! and it drives my husband CRAZY!!!! Cheers!

  14. #
    Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knife — July 18, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    Goodness gracious this is a gorgeous drink! I see a grocery store stop on my way home from work in my future tonight….

  15. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — July 18, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    Oh I am in. Prosecco laden sherbert, yes. And since I’ve yet to make a sherbert from home, it will be good practice, albeit a bit tipsy. Happy berry week.

  16. #
    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — July 18, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    I need to get my ice cream maker out and make this! LOVE!

  17. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 18, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    Gorgeous, friend! You knocked this one of the park. Or should I say flute? 🙂

  18. #
    cassie — July 18, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    Totally stunning, Megan! I am a huge fan of strawberry sorbet. I love the basil added! And bubbles, of course.

  19. #
    monica — July 18, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    Oh my–I want to drink this now! Looks amazing.
    And yes, as you know I grew up in WaRshington too.
    Where DID that come from I really don’t know…But it might beat some of the pidgin I hear around these parts! 🙂

  20. #
    Laura — July 18, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    Everything about this looks sweet and refreshing! Love adding the sorbet to the bubbles!

  21. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — July 18, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    These look so delicious I would drink five without realizing how drunk I was.

  22. #
    Erika — July 19, 2013 @ 5:35 am

    Oh YES Ma’am!! This drink is where it’s at! Bravo..

  23. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — July 19, 2013 @ 6:01 am

    Megan these are most definitely the pretties drink I ever did see!

  24. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — July 19, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    Love bellinis! I am so down with this recipe & it’s so pretty, too!

  25. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — July 19, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    I adore you for that Oprah reference. We try to work in that crazy pointing maniac giveaway moment as much as possible in everyday conversation. I am almost as excited for these bellinis as I would be for a new car…okay, not really, but they look darn good!

  26. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 19, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    SherbeRt totally 😉 and holy jeez…. I need a drink and a spoon asap.

  27. #
    Jackie {The Beeroness} — July 19, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Dear Megan,
    I heart you.
    Love, everybody

  28. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — July 19, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    I need this in my face NOW

  29. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — July 19, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    Bubbles, Bubbles everywhere! I’ll take one!

  30. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 19, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    Prosecco + anything, and you’ve got my full attention. This looks so sparkle-licious, Megan! Love it!

  31. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 19, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    How did you know that bellinis are my favorite?!!

  32. #
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — July 20, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    BUBBLES!! BUBBLES!! BUBBLES!! My BUBBLES!! Clearly…I’ve been watching Finding Nemo too many times. But I like bubbles, especially prosecco bubbles.

  33. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 20, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    Ermahgerd, Megan. Where have bellinis been all my life?! Dying over this.

  34. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 21, 2013 @ 3:48 am

    I live for bellinis and this one is ahhhhhhmazing!

  35. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — July 21, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    Absolutely adore this!! I LOOOOVE bellinis and this flavor seems so refreshing!!

    • Megan replied: — July 22nd, 2013 @ 8:54 am

      Next time we get together – Bellinis for EVERYONE!!! Anything with bubbles – I’m so there.

  36. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — July 26, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    Oh, how refreshing! I’m in love with this 🙂


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