Cheers everyone! Celebrating the New Year with friends is always so much fun, and what better way than to add colored Frozen Fruit Cubes in Champagne! It can be almost any fruit—strawberries, blueberries, or sweet cherries as seen in the picture. Then when they melt, one cube will color and very lightly flavor your champagne, white wine, water, etc. and you may want to add another for more flavor. It makes whatever you are drinking look so pretty and it keeps it cold a little longer.
When these cubes melt into the champagne, it reminds me of a Bellini, which is made with pureed fresh white peaches, not frozen. The peach puree is poured into the champagne glass, about halfway up, and then champagne is poured on top. We had one at the legendary Harry’s Bar when we were in Venice, very pretty, very delicious, and a little expensive.
Now back to the New Year and all of its good possibilities! We like to celebrate by having a large group of friends join us, and play Bunco (a dice game with winners getting a prize, or we play Texas Hold ‘Em, (a poker game we enjoy playing with chips—no money involved). Both games can handle a large group of people to provide a whole evening’s worth of entertainment. Bunco doesn’t require skill, just luck throwing dice and hoping for a certain number of dots to show up, but Texas Hold ‘Em requires some of both, being a type of poker.
A few days ago we were invited to a brunch by our friends Terry and Lora, so following the brunch, we asked them if they would like to join us, try our new Frozen Fruit Cubes in Champagne, get their picture taken to include in the food blog, and then play spades by the warmth of our fireplace. Warmth and Atmosphere! They graciously said it would be just fine. What fun it was posing for the pictures with them. They are good sports and great friends!
They asked where we got the idea, and I told them I saw something like it in a magazine, made by Geoffrey Zakarian, noted chef, owner of several restaurants, and an Iron Chef on FoodNetwork. I had previously tried to find the magazine article again, but couldn’t locate it, but I’m reasonably sure he used pureed fruit and froze it into cubes.
It is so easy to make, especially if you have the silicone cube molds shown in the picture, which I found at a Bed, Bath, and Beyond store. Just puree about a half cup of any frozen fruit of your choice, pour it into the cube mold and freeze it.
The frozen fruit cubes can be used in a lot of ways besides just champagne—don’t stop there. Put it in your iced tea, a white wine, or plain water to flavor it a little. Use it to decorate ice cream, sorbets, in a green lettuce salad to give it fruitiness and to make it look pretty! You could also add some of the same fresh fruit, right along with it. Have fun with this—it is so easy.
If you attempting my Frozen Fruit Cubes for Champagne Recipe, be sure to take a photo and tag me @onlinefoodblog on Instagram or Twitter. I would love nothing more than to see your creations!
1 cup frozen fruit of your choice Try out our Fruit Cubes in Champagne Recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make Fruit Cubes for Champagne
1 cup frozen fruit of your choice
Try out our Fruit Cubes in Champagne Recipe and post your results below in the comments…