Hosting a dinner party is a bit of a challenge for me. That’s because I usually like to make everything myself – from the appetizers to dessert! Recently, we hosted a dinner party with two of our guests who are gluten intolerant. I came up with the appetizers, first course and main course just fine. But when it came to dessert ideas, I came up short. I could have baked something, but who wants to turn on the oven on a hot summer day? And to top it off, what do I bake? Do I go out and buy all kinds of gluten free flour or whip up a pavlova (right…like that’s easy) or serve them good old ice cream? Well, since it’s summertime and berries are in season, I decided to make a fruit salad consisting of, you guessed it, strawberries and blueberries! And because everyone I invited is an adult, we added a little something something to the mix – brandy! That’s right my friends, this is an adult only fruit party! Having a bottle of brandy in your liquor cabinet comes in handy (thank you lady who keeps giving me bottles of brandy as gifts when I don’t even drink brandy at all). So I served our guests strawberry and blueberry fruit salad with honey, mint and brandy syrup. And everyone loved it! I served it by itself, but you can easily serve it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream or even custard. The recipe was so easy and fuss free that I served it again the next time we had company over. So if you want a make ahead, fuss free, crowd pleasing, summertime dessert, try out this recipe:
- 2 pounds of strawberries
- 2 pounds of blueberries
- 3 to 5 sprigs of mint
- 2 tablespoons of brandy
- 3-4 tablespoons of honey
- In a small bowl, combine your honey and brandy together.
- In a large bowl, throw in the blueberries, strawberries and torn mint leaves.
- Toss fruit salad with your honey and brandy dressing.
- Let your fruit salad sit in the fridge for about 2 hours or even overnight.