Friday, July 28, 2017

{Toast With This!}: Strawberry Spritzer

Enduring the Summer heat is a lot more bearable when you're sipping on a cool, effervescent and refreshing drink that boasts the season's bounty.  And with that in mind, I recently added another favorite to my mocktail repertoire.

Inspired by my love for homemade everything, I set about to create a strawberry puree, accented with a hint of fresh lime juice.  And can I just tell you--it was sooo good.  (Like, spoonfuls in the middle of the day, straight from the container, kind of good. Don't judge me.)  From there, the possibilities became endless for how to make the most of the berry-licious concoction.

Freeze into sorbet.  Spoon over ice cream.  Make into a seasonal spritzer.  The latter of these was my immediate go-to, but the other options are still very much alive.

And this "non-recipe", recipe of sorts, couldn't be easier to pull off--or transform with additional or alternate flavors.  One technique x endless options = happy cooking at its finest.

So cheers to more of Summer's luscious flavors...and to Happy Sipping!

Strawberry Spritzer
1 lb. fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
Juice of 1/2 lime, plus more to garnish as desired
1/2 cup sugar
Club soda
Ice Cubes

Place strawberries in a blender or food processor and blend into a puree.  Strain puree through a fine mesh sieve.

Add in sugar and lime juice and stir well to combine.  Store in an airtight container for 8-12 hours or overnight to chill mixture.

Mix together 1/4 cup of puree and 3/4 cup of club soda.  Pour over ice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit 


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