To capture the flavors of summer, beverage blogger Heather Christo has put together a seasonal champagne drink that is infused with the herbal taste of elderflower and prickly gooseberry fruit. The drink contains floral notes contrasted with fresh fruit and the lightness of the champagne to make the beverage ideal to drink on hot summer days.
The drink contains a base of sparkling wine or champagne that is infused with fresh rose water. The drink is then topped notes of elderflower to add a natural herbal flavor to contrast the sweetness of the rose. Fresh gooseberries act as the garnish and are peeled prior to adding to remove the thorny skin.
The unlikely blend of gooseberries, elderflower and rose highlights how consumers and eateries can move beyond staple fruits -- such as berries -- to create refreshing beverages.