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TIP OF THE DAY: Drunken Fruit #2 – Marinated In Wine Or Champagne

May 13th is National Fruit Cocktail Day. How about an easy “drunken fruit” dessert.

You can use winter fruits or summer fruits. More delicate summer fruits do best with a white wine marinade; winter fruits such as citrus and grapes can use either white or red.

You can do all of the prep work in advance and let the fruit marinate in the wine—overnight, if you like.

For Champagne, make an impression by pouring it into the bowls at the table. This also preserves the bubbles.

For kids and non-drinkers, use ginger ale.
 
 
RECIPE: DRUNKEN FRUIT
Ingredients

  • 2 or 3 colors of melon balls (cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon) or mixed berries
  • White dessert wine (see wine notes below)
  • Garnish: raspberry (for melon) or mint leaf
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    Preparation

    1. USE a melon baller to scoop melon balls.

    2. FILL wine goblets to 1″ of top with melon balls. Add wine.

    3. GARNISH and serve with forks.

    Here’s an even easier drunken fruit dessert recipe.
     
     
    DESSERT WINES

    White dessert wines include Ice Wine, Moscato d’Asti, Muscat and Sauternes.

    You can also use a sweet sparkling wine, such as a demi-sec, doux or sec Champagne (see the styles below).

    It’s counter-intuitive, but “sec,” which means dry in French, refers to sweeter Champagnes.

    Brut designates a dry Champagne or cider. Sec Champagnes are sweeter than demi-sec.
     

     

    Mixed Berries
    [1] Who needs whipped cream when the berries are marinated in sweet Champagne (photo © DeLallo)?


    [2] Adults get melon balls in wine. Here’s aversion for kids and non-drinkers (photo courtesy Diabetes.org.

     
    THE DRYNESS OR SWEETNESS LEVELS OF CHAMPAGNE

    Dry Champagnes are meant to be drunk with savory foods. Sweet Champagnes are dessert wines.

    Either dry or sweet can be served as an apéritif.

    Here’s how the sugar levels compare. The higher the percentage, the sweeter the Champagne.

  • Extra Brut, Brut Sauvage, Ultra Brut, Brut Integral and Brut Zero: These have trace amounts of sugar (0%-.5% sugar)
  • Brut: .7%-1.1% sugar
  • Extra Dry or Extra Sec: 1.2% to 2.0% sugar
  • Sec: 2.0% to 3.5% sugar
  • Demi-Sec: 3.5% to 5.0% sugar
  • Doux: 5% sugar and up
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