Advocate-tested recipe

Strawberry Champagne Cocktails

Makes 12 servings. Recipe is by Cynthia L. Nobles.

16 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered (plus additional whole, hulled berries for serving)

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 (1-inch) wide slice of fresh lemon peel

2 to 3 bottles chilled champagne for serving

Fresh mint leaves for garnish

1. Make a syrup by combining 16 ounces quartered strawberries, sugar, water and lemon peel in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Chill syrup in a covered glass jar. Can be made 1 week ahead.

2. To serve, pour 2 tablespoons chilled strawberry syrup into a champagne flute. Drop in a fresh strawberry or strawberry slices and fill flute with champagne. Float a mint leaf on top.