Today’s recipe is a great one for adding a little bit of excitement to your party. If you’re planning a wedding, hen party, birthday or are even gathering together to celebrate the Queen’s 90th at a street party, this little fruity recipe would be a great addition to a glass of something bubbly. Whether you’re drinking soda, lemonade or a sparkling wine, these little cubes of fresh fruit add a little kick to any glass of fizz, turning it from a basic drink into something special for your big occasion. Read on find out how to make fruity cubes for your very own party and how you can WIN a case of sparkling wine from Premier Estates for yourself! Freezing pureed fruit into ice cubes is a simple enough idea, but it’s the fruity combinations that add the wow factor. Popping a couple of cubes into a champagne flute before topping up with fizz creates a cocktail-in-a-glass. The cubes bubble and roll around in the glass before gradually dissolving to turn your glass of wine into a bellini. It’s a no-fuss drink, with no need to pour measures of puree, so guests can easily add their own fruit flavouring to whatever they are drinking. Recipe 1 – Peach & apple. I used tinned peaches for this recipe because they are easy to blend but you can use very ripe fresh peaches if you prefer. I used half a tin, which made enough puree for at least 24 cubes, which is enough for 12 drinks, so you can adjust the quantities if needed. I drained away most of the syrup and added 100ml of apple juice instead. Blend into a pulp and then pour into an ice cube tray and freeze. Recipe 2 – Mixed berries & cranberry. For this recipe I defrosted a bowlful of frozen mixed berries but you can use fresh strawberries, blackberries, cranberries and raspberries for this recipe if you like. I added a sprinkling of sugar to sweeten slightly and then poured over 100m cranberry juice. Blitz the fruit and juice together before pouring into the ice cube tray and freezing. You can sieve the seeds out of the puree if you like, but I wanted to keep them in, so that the floating ice cubes would resemble berries themselves. Again, this made 24 ice cubes, enough for 12 drinks. Recipe 3 – Lime & mint. This is a flavour combination that would work best in a soda or lemonade (you can add vodka or whisky if you like) rather than a sparkling wine. In this instance, mix the juice of a whole lime into 100ml lemonade, and add a big handful of fresh mint leaves. Give it a quick blend to mash in the mint and then pour into the ice cube trays and freeze.
Once frozen, pop out the cubes and add two of the same flavour into each champagne glass. If you’d like to mix it up, you could even add one of each flavour for a very fruity cocktail indeed! Top up the glass with prosecco, soda, sparkling rose wine or lemonade. I used mini prosecco bottles for my party and I think they look great lined up on the drinks table alongside my glasses and fruity cubes. One mini bottle fills two champagne glasses, so a little really does go a long way! If you’re celebrating outdoors – perhaps at a wedding or at a street party for the Queen’s birthday – I’d recommend getting hold of some disposable glasses. This’ll save a lot of heartache when someone drops their glass! I’d be SO sad if my favourite champagne glasses ended up broken – I’ve only got a set of six and they were thrifted from a secondhand shop years ago so are irreplaceable. It’s a much better idea to pick up a pack of plastic glasses or cute paper cups to serve your drinks instead.
Let me know what you think of these recipes and please do tell me if you have a go at making them yourself at home. What flavour combinations would you recommend? Leave me a comment below or tweet me @Cassiefairy to chat more about drinks recipes for special occasions, I’d love to hear from you. And now for the competition – enter via the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win a mixed case of Premier Estates sparkling wine, including 3 delicious full-size bottles of Prosecco and 3 tasty full-size bottles of Grand Rosé. There are plenty of ways to enter the giveaway so get tweeting, liking and sharing now!
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