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Cherry Champagne Bellinis & Cherry Spiders

Use your fresh festive cherries in this champagne treat for adults and spider treat for the kids.

Cherry Champagne Bellinis & Cherry Spiders

Makes 12 drinks

1 cup caster sugar
200g pitted cherries, lightly crushed
1 bottle champagne, chilled
1 bottle lemonade, chilled
ice-cream and extra fresh cherries, to serve

Place sugar, ½ cup water and pitted cherries in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.

Increase heat to high. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes or until the syrup thickens.

Remove from heat; set aside until mixture cools completely. Strain through a fine sieve.

Discard, or keep cherries for another use.

To make bellinis, place a tablespoon of the syrup in the bottom of champagne glasses; top with champagne.

To make non-alcoholic spiders, place a tablespoon of the syrup in the bottom of a tall glass. Add lemonade to ¾ fill the glass. Top lemonade with a scoop of ice-cream and a fresh cherry.

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