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Thirsty Thursdays — Strawberry Mint Lemonade Two Ways

6 Jun

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Happy Thursday, everyone!  One more day until the weekend!!  Since you all seem to like these Thirsty Thursday posts so much, here’s another one.  I found this recipe inspiration from Jessica on How Sweet It Is — she has tons of great drink recipes so hop over there if you get a chance… or get thirsty.

I am providing both an alcoholic and an unleaded version of this beverage because I think it works perfectly both ways.  I could see this being incorporated into your next summer cookout, bridal/baby shower, picnic, day at the beach, etc.  We all know strawberry lemonade is a divine thing but adding mint gives it just a hint of herbal freshness — definitely not over the top, though, so don’t worry!

My only modification from the original recipe was to add a bit more water because I found it to be a little concentrated (but I didn’t strain mine).  Feel free to adjust it according to your own tastes and depending on how sweet your berries are.  Enjoy!

 

Strawberry Mint Lemonade Two Ways

Yield: About 4 cups

 

2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves

Variation:  citrus vodka (optional)

Combine sugar and water in a microwave safe measuring cup and microwave on high at 1 minute intervals until sugar is completely dissolved.  Or be fancy and heat it in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisking until the sugar is dissolved.  Regardless of your method, cool the simple syrup in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

Put the strawberries and mint in a blender and  puree until liquified. Add in the lemon juice and simple syrup and puree until combined. At this point you can choose to keep the mixture thick with the fruit puree, strain half of it to lighten it a bit or strain all of it to remove the strawberry pulp. It’s up to you! Pour the mixture into a pitcher and refrigerate for 20 minutes until cold. Serve over ice.

For variation, add 1-2 shots of citrus vodka to each serving (depending on size of glass and stress level of consumer).  Enjoy!

 

Adapted from How Sweet It Is

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Thirsty Thursdays — Strawberry Margarita

11 Apr

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Does all this sewing have you thirsty?  If so, I have just the thing — a delicious Strawberry Margarita, compliments of The Foodie Bride blog.  If you are a margarita lover, you should visit her site for more mouth-watering recipes to satisfy your craving and find your perfect libation for Cinco de Mayo.  I am especially loving the traditional lime margarita.

More sewing to come.  I am currently working on a muslin for a casual button down shirt for my husband.  Photos soon when I have something substantial to show.  I also plan to *finally* finish my Gertie shirtwaist dress this weekend.  Plus I have ideas for several quick and breezy summer dresses.  We will see how all that turns out.  What’s on your sewing table or in your kitchen right now?

Strawberry Margaritas

Serves 2

  • Salt or sugar for rimming glasses (optional)
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz orange liqueur (like Cointreau)
  • 3 oz fresh orange juice (from about 2 navel oranges)
  • 4 oz strawberry puree*
  • 4 oz homemade margarita mix
  • Ice

If desired, rim glass with water or lime juice then salt or sugar (or mixture).  Combine liquid ingredients in the glass and stir well.  Add ice and serve.

*The strawberry puree is made by tossing 1 teaspoon of sugar with 1.5 pints chopped strawberries and then pureed after letting it sit at room temp for a while. You can adjust accordingly if you don’t have a use for that much puree.

Adapted from The Foodie Bride.

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Strawberry Wine Coolers

5 Jun

 

 

 

This recipe is in honor of my office nurse, Tammy, who asked me a while back for a drink recipe involving strawberries.  I searched a bit, experimented a bit, then Annie’s Eats popped this little beauty into my email inbox.  I tried it within a few days but wasn’t completely sold.  I made a few adjustments and now I think it is “Tammy-worthy.”  This cooler is refreshing, grown-up, and delicious.  So, Tammy, here you go.  Bottoms up to my first and favorite RN 🙂

 

Strawberry Wine Coolers

 

1/2 pound strawberries, hulled and rinsed

1 ounce citrus vodka

1 small pinch salt

1 bottle Moscato wine

Ice

 

Yield:  3-4 servings

 

Blend together berries, vodka, salt, and 1 cup of wine.  Strain into small container.  Chill for 1-2 hours.  Fill wine glass with ice.  Fill glass half-way with strawberry mixture.  Top with wine and stir gently.  Drink immediately 🙂

Happy Mothers’ Day and Fresh Strawberry Pie

13 May

I hope all of you moms out there are having a wonderfully relaxing day.  I am looking forward to spending this afternoon with my mom and the rest of my family.  As usual, the gathering is centered around food and I was asked by the lady of the day to bring two of my Roasted Chickens and to make her favorite strawberry pie.  Now I usually like to make multi-step, showstopping desserts, especially ones that include chocolate.  But when Mom asks for the tastiest, simplest strawberry pie known to man as her Mothers’ day dessert, the dutiful daughter must comply.  This is a recipe that has been in my mom’s repertoire since I was a child and she still frequently gets requests for it.  It’s great because it only calls for 5 ingredients and doesn’t require turning on the oven — perfect for a hot summer day.  Plus the pie is cool, fruity, and refreshing.

So what are you waiting for?  Whip one of these babies up and see if you aren’t licking the bowl for breakfast, too 😉

 

By the way, my kitchen was featured on the blog Danny’s Kitchen yesterday.  I am so honored to be chosen as the first guest for this feature on Danny’s site.  Be sure to hop over and see more photos of the space where I create my kitchen delights (and flops) and find out what kind of pet I have in my backyard…

 

Fresh and Simple Strawberry Pie

8 ounces cream cheese, slightly softened

1 cup (4 ounces) powdered sugar

8 ounces Cool Whip, thawed

1 pint (12 ounces) fresh strawberries, sliced and patted dry

1-9″ graham cracker pie crust

 

Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.  Blend in the powdered sugar.  Fold in the Cool Whip and then the strawberries.  Spoon into the pie crust and garnish as desired.  Chill before serving, at least 4 hours.

 

Source:  My Mom 🙂