I didn’t post a recipe for last week’s Champagne Wednesday because I was in Boston for a conference at the time. I did get to celebrate Champagne Wednesday at L’Espalier, an awesome modernist restaurant in the Back Bay area, where we were staying. They had a French Kiss cocktail on the menu and it just happened to be Wednesday, so I assumed it was fate. Delicious, delicious fate.
I almost decided on a green tea champagne cocktail for this week but that meant buying and preparing matcha tea in advance and…well, I got lazy. So we’ll save that one for next week. This week, we’re going to hold on to summer as much as we can (omg it’s August already) and celebrate with a popsicle in a glass: a semifreddo bellini.
Semifreddo means “half cold” in Italian. It’s also the name given to a delicious, easy dessert and thanks to Martha Stewart, a sweet slushy version of the traditional bellini cocktail. Her recipe blends frozen peaches, peach schnapps, champagne, superfine sugar and ice together, making a total of two cocktails. Or one big cocktail if you’ve had that kind of day. Hey, there’s no judgment here. You do what you got to.
Anyway, I can tell you the changes I’m probably going to make for this recipe myself: I think I’ll swap out the schnapps for cointreau, because I don’t have schnapps and I don’t want to buy schnapps but I do have cointreau and I think the orange-peach combination will be nice. I’m also probably going to add in the leaves from a sprig or two of thyme, because my herbs are going insane. Most likely I’ll muddle the time in with the sugar first before adding it all to the blender. Hey, Champagne Wednesday is all about making a cocktail your own. And then drinking it. Because the best way to claim something is to eat it.
Get Martha Stewart’s Semifreddo Bellini recipe.
- 1 cup frozen peaches
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1/4 cup Cointreau
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sparkling wine
- Put the peaches, thyme, sugar, ice cubes, cointreau and the two tablespoons of sparkling wine into a blender and puree until smooth.
- Divide into two glasses and top each with half of the remaining champagne. Enjoy!