Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Strawberries and Balsamic non-alcoholic aperitif

It may sounds strange for those who live on the other side of the world, but I made this last Christmas, which is strawberry season in New Zealand. And now I visit other blogs and see strawberries everywhere and I have a craving! Fortunately there are frozen strawberries, so I can still make this, which will become more like a sorbet if I mix the strawberries still frozen.

But my original drink (in the photo) is an aperitif: I used one punnet of fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and cut, 500ml of natural apple juice, and one tsp of Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena (ABTM).

The real ABTM is only sold in 100ml round bottles, like the one pictured below (very expensive and rare, but a little goes a long way!).

Blend everything well and serve in small glasses. Great aperitif before an 'important' meal, and suitable for children too!

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©

I am entering this recipe in the blogging event Sweet New Zealand for December 2011, hosted by Bron Marshall


  1. Looks so good! I am interested in this Aceto Balsamico too! What is it?

  2. What a wonderful aperitif idea. I don't have the real balsamic vinegar...only cheaper stuff, but I like to reduce it so it gets more syrupy...I'm going to give this a try.

  3. Very interesting! We had some wonderful local strawberries recently, wish I could share!

  4. Carissa, you can find some info in English here

  5. Love strawberries! We are fixin to go strawberry pickin' down here in the south ;)

  6. Happy New Year Alessandra. Enjoy Italy.