Tipsy Tuesday – A Kicked Up Strawberry Lemondade

My daughter and her husband recently went to the theater with my husband and I and they served us one of the most delicious and fresh tasting drinks I have had in a long time. I just had to try and make a similar version at home. Here was my take on a Strawberry Lemonade.

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Ingredients:

For Strawberry Vodka:

  • 1 pint organic strawberries
  • 1/2 bottle (750ml) Vodka (can use inexpensive brand)

For Strawberry Lemonade:

  • 2 parts strawberry vodka
  • 4 parts lemonade
  • Slightly crushed strawberries
  • Lemon slices

Directions:

For Strawberry Vodka:

Use only organic strawberries as vodka acts as a solvent and you want to extract only the juice of the berries not additional pesticides or chemicals.

Rinse strawberries. Remove stem and cut into quarters.  Place cut-up strawberries in a large glass jar that comes with a lid. Pour in the vodka and secure lid. Shake well. Store in a cool dark place for approximately 3-7 days, shaking jar once a day.  You can check to see if the flavor has been absorbed on day 3.  If the strawberries are white and the vodka pink, extraction is complete.

When ready, strain with cheese cloth and discard strawberries (they should not have any flavor left). Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or keep in freezer for longer.

For Strawberry Lemonade:

In a cocktail glass, add strawberry vodka and lemonade, a couple tablespoons of crushed strawberries and 1-2 lemon slices. Serve over ice with straw and enjoy!

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Thirst Quenchers

It is getting mighty hot down in here in Florida so refreshing drinks are in high demand!  Here are 2 summer sips that will have you cooling down in no time.

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Strawberry-Thyme Lemonade

Strawberry-Thyme Lemonade

Serves: 8 – Total Time: 45 minutes, with chilling

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 thyme sprigs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 quart strawberries, hulled & sliced
  • 1.5 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 5 cups water
  • vodka (optional)
  • thyme sprig (garnish)

Directions:

Boil sugar, thyme sprigs, and 1 cup water in small saucepan until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat, let cool, and discard thyme sprigs.  Combine thyme syrup with strawberries, lemon juice, and 5 cups water in pitcher and chill for at least 30 minutes.  Serve over ice with a fresh thyme sprig and a splash of vodka.

Pineapple Lime Coconut Spritzer

Pineapple Lime Coconut Spritzer

Pineapple Lime Coconut Spritzer

Serves 8 – Total Time: 45 minutes, with chilling

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups club soda or sparkling water
  • 1/2 pineapple, cored & cut into triangles (garnish)
  • rum (optional)

Directions:

Combine pineapple juice, coconut water, and lime juice in a large pitcher.  Chill for 30 minutes.  Add in club soda and immediately serve over ice.  Garnish with pineapple wedges and add in a splash of rum.

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~ Cocktails adapted from Dawn Perry, Spritzer picture from allParenting

Strawberry Shortcake anyone?

strawberryshortcakedollNo….not the doll (although I loved her growing up – almost as much as I love cake).

Today is National Strawberry Shortcake Day and one of my top 3 desserts of all time!  It’s a simple classic that can be served at any occasion.  Pair with a sweet white wine such as Reisling or Moscato for a perfect treat.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

Strawberry Shortcake  Photo by Taste of Home

Strawberry Shortcake
Photo by Taste of Home

Serves: 9 – Prep Time: 25 minutes – Bake Time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Whipped Cream
  • 1.5 quarts fresh or frozen strawberries, sliced

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In mixing bowl, beat sugar and shortening.  Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
  2. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture along with milk.
  3. Spread mixture into a greased 9″ x 9″ square baking pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.

TO SERVE:

Cut into 9 squares.  Split each square horizontally and fill with whipped cream and strawberries.  Replace top of cake and garnish with more strawberries and whipped cream.  Serve immediately.

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Even MORE Strawberries!

So what do you do with all those strawberries you picked yesterday?  You make a decadent cream to go on top for National Strawberries & Cream Day!  Here’s a great recipe from Now….You’re Cooking! to help you use up the Grand Marnier as well! 😉

strawberriescreamPhoto:  FoodNetwork.com

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup whipping creeam
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or Amaretto liqueur
  • 1.5-2 pints fresh strawberries, washed and hulled

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, whip the cream and sugar with a mixer until thick but not stiff.  Add the sour cream and beat until mixture is thoroughly combined.  Continue to beat while gradually pouring in the liqueur.

Divide strawberries between 6 dessert dishes.  Reserve 6 strawberries for garnish.  Pour cream over berries.  Top with a reserved strawberry.  Serve immediately.

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Strawberry Delight!

IMG_1480Today is National Pick Strawberries Day, so we decided to celebrate by visiting our local strawberry patch – The Girls Strawberry U-Pick in Delray Beach, FL.  My son loved running up and down the aisles picking the biggest & brightest strawberries he could find.  It was a little slice of country right in the city.  🙂

Whether you enjoy picking your own from the farm or from your local supermarket – grab a handful and try this incredible recipe from Sip. Saute. Savor.

Chocolate-Covered-Grand-Marnier-StrawberriesDark Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Grand Marnier

Ingredients:

  • 1 package very large strawberries (about 10 berries)
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate (I like Ghiradelli Intense Dark)
  • 1 Tablespoon solid shortening or butter
  • 1-2 ounces Grand Marnier (other options are Frangelica, Chambord,Cointreau or Amaretto)
  • Mini dark chocolate chips, chopped nuts, crushed oreos, melted white chocolate (optional)

Directions:

The best way to prepare for this recipe is to make a rectangular piece of Styrofoam and cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. If you do not have any Styrofoam handy you can easily place the chocolate covered strawberries on a piece of wax paper to dry.

Wash strawberries, leaving stems and leaves intact, then pat dry. Inject the Grand Marnier into each strawberry being careful not to overfill.

To melt dark chocolate, place chocolate, broken into pieces, into a 4-cup microwave safe measuring cup. Add shortening/butter and place in microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and, if not all melted, repeat on high for 30 additional seconds. Make sure you stir well and give the chocolate that is still in pieces time to melt. Do not overheat.

Take strawberries and spear with a toothpick (if using a Styrofoam form) then, one at a time, swirl gently in warm dark chocolate covering about 3/4 of the strawberry.

Optional: Roll immediately in mini dark chocolate chips, crushed oreos or finely chopped nuts. You can also add a drizzle of melted white chocolate once the dark chocolate has cooled.

Place toothpick into Styrofoam and let dry. If just using only wax paper you can hold the strawberry stem and swirl it in the chocolate then set onto the wax paper to dry.

Makes 10 chocolate covered strawberries.

Option: You can add 1 Tablespoon of cream and 1 Tablespoon of Grand Marnier directly into the chocolate for dipping and eliminate the need for injecting into the berry with a syringe.

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