One of the must serve beverages at a posh celebration is sparkling wine/champagne! The bubbles, fizz and pop of the cork represent everything that a party should be. And since it’s available in all price ranges it’s affordable for any type of gathering. Pour it in your best flutes or pair it with your favorite mixer and you have a party on your hands in a matter of seconds. Or if you’re up to trying something new you can pair it with some festive fruit for the Fourth of July holiday happening in just a few short days.
Prosecco is the Italian and less expensive alternative to champagne. The sparkling wine is sweet to taste and usually a bit on the dry side. It’s a classic in bellinis and goes well with all sorts of fruits, which is why I chose to use it for this recipe. La Marca happens to be one of my favorite brands of prosecco. It’s good quality and well priced. I picked watermelon, pear and blueberries to tie in the colors of the Independence Day holiday. Cut the fruit into star shapes using a mini star cookie cutter and finished them with handmade ribbon toothpick flags.
Fourth of July Fabulous.
Prosecco Infused Fruit – Red White & Blue
The Prosecco paired with the watermelon, pear and blueberry is light, refreshing and the perfect celebratory bite and palate cleanser to serve between an appetizer and main course, or as an after dinner refreshment.
1 bottle Prosecco/Sparkling Wine
1 half of a miniature watermelon sliced into 2 inch thick rounds
2 pears sliced into 2 inch thick pieces
12 blueberries (or 1 for each guest)
Fresh lemon juice
Mini star-shaped cookie cutter (optional…you can always cut them into even squares or rounds – use what you have on hand)
12 Appetizer spoons
12 toothpicks and red ribbon.
Slice watermelon and pear into even pieces.
Squeeze fresh lemon juice over sliced pear to prevent browning.
Using your mini star cookie cutter begin cutting the fruit rounds into star shapes.
Place all cut fruit into a medium size bowl adding the blueberries last.
Pour champagne over top the fruit until fruit is fully submerged.
Place in fridge to chill and soak for 1 to 2 hours.
Meanwhile and if you’re feeling crafty, you can prep the toothpick flags.
Toothpick Ribbon Flags
Cut ribbon into 4 inch straight line pieces.
Place the toothpick to the end of each piece of ribbon and tie, double-knotting until secure.
To add the pointed edge, simply cut a small triangle from the end of each piece of ribbon.
Set toothpick flags aside until fruit is ready to skewer.
Once your fruit is fully infused (feel free to take a taste) it’s ready to be skewered.
Skewer the center of the blueberry first, followed by 1 piece of pear and one piece of watermelon.
Make sure your toothpick is not sticking out of the bottom of the watermelon otherwise your infused stacks will not stand up straight. None of the pick should be showing from the bottom.
Place each infused fruit stack onto a single serving appetizer spoon and finish by filling with a little extra Prosecco. A nice final note after the infused fruit has been eaten.
Repeat these steps and place in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
Posh little tip: To make these kid friendly or non alcoholic, simply serve them as skewers by soaking them in sparkling cider instead of sparkling wine.
Happy Fourth of July! I hope everyone has a safe and memorable one! Please do check back soon for more!
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