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This Fre raspberry bellini is the perfect addition to any spring soiree for all the mom’s to be in your life. Fruity, slightly sweet, and alcohol free thanks to Fre.
With spring in full swing, there is so much celebrating to do! Over the next couple months we have our wedding and couples shower, along with bachelor and bachelorette parties. While I get to be a guest for the most part, as the resident foodie I also get to help out with the menu planning in advance.
As you can probably guess the food for these events is fairly important to us, but no party menu is complete without delicious drinks.
Being a lover of all things bubbly, my first thought was champagne. It’s iconic for celebrating, light enough for daytime drinking, and versatile enough for fun fruity cocktails.
There is just one problem.
Almost half of the ladies in my bridal party have moved into the family planning stage of life and will be pregnant or trying by the time these celebrations actually arrive. While this may mean they can’t have champagne, this doesn’t mean they have to miss out on the fun.
Luckily, I’ve recently discovered Fre Brut, a yummy champagne stand-in for this delicious Fre raspberry bellini mocktail.
Fre wines are alcohol removed wine. Yes, you read that right.
The winemakers over at Fre use science and technology in the form of a “revolutionary spinning cone column” to remove the alcohol but keep the delicate aromas and flavors of the wine.
The result is a wine with less than 0.5% alcohol and half the calories. The brut version I used for this raspberry bellini has notes of strawberry, white peach, and pear. It’s light bodied, off dry, and has a crisp effervescence.
They have done a great job of maintaining the aromas and flavors that should be present in traditional wine, while providing a tasty alternative for those who cannot or choose not to drink alcohol.
I think it’s going to be a hit with my favorite mom-to-be friends at my celebrations this summer. In fact, I think you may find me sipping on this poolside all summer long mom-to-be or not!
The first bellini was invented in Venice, Italy over 65 years ago. Traditionally it is a combination of white peach puree and prosecco. While the traditional version is still tasty, today there are many flavors of fruit and prosecco that have fallen under the title bellini. This Fre raspberry bellini is just one of them.
The raspberries can be fresh or frozen. If you opt for frozen let them thaw a few minutes before using.
Place the raspberries, water, honey, and lemon juice into a blender or food processor. Process on high until a thick puree forms and no raspberry chunks remain.
Pour the puree into a fine mesh sieve. Using a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon, press the puree through the sieve to separate the seeds.
It will take a bit of work, but should result in about 1/4 cup of seeds being removed and a much smoother bellini puree.
To serve pour about 2 ounces of raspberry puree into the bottom of a champagne flute. Top with 4 ounces of Fre Brut wine, being careful not to overflow the glass. Adjust the raspberry to wine ratio as desired to fit your taste. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
If you are ready to try it for yourself, check out this coupon at One Stop Wine Shop where customers can enter promo code FRE at checkout for 30% off. Note: Cannot ship (from site) to Alabama, Kansas or Tennessee.
Fre Raspberry Bellini
For raspberry puree:
- 10 ounces fresh or frozen raspberries
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 TBSP honey
- 1 tsp lemon juice
To Assemble Bellinis:
- 2 bottles of FRE Brut wine
- 1 1/2 cups raspberry puree
- mint leaves for garnish
To Make the Puree:
- Place raspberries, water, honey, and lemon juice into a blender or food processor. Puree on high until smooth.
- Pour puree into a fine mesh sieve. Using a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon, press the puree through the sieve to separate the seeds.
To Assemble Bellinis:
- Pour about 2 ounces of raspberry puree into the bottom of a champagne flute.
- Top with 4 ounces of FRE Brut wine, being careful not to overflow the glass.
- Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and serve.