Chilled Fruit-Champagne Soup with Crystallized Ginger
- 2 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
- 1 ripe yet firm peach, pitted and roughly chopped
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 fresh orange juice
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons shredded fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 cup extra-dry or demi-sec Champagne
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
In a 2-quart heavy pot, combine the apples, peach, water, sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, 1/4 cup mint leaves and lemon zest. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium low, and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
Remove from the heat and puree with an immersion blender, or in batches in a blender.(Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Transfer to a clean container and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours.
Stir the Champagne into the soup. Ladle into 6 small, chilled bowls, and garnish each with a teaspoon of mint and a teaspoon of chopped crystallized ginger. Serve immediately, either as a first course or a dessert.