- Prep time
- 15 minutes PT15M
- Cook time
- N/A PT0
- 4 servings
This sweet summer classic is a perfect complement to your backyard activities this weekend.
- 1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 cups water
- ¾ cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
- 8 ounces vodka, optional
- Sprig of mint, for garnish
Puree strawberries in a food processor, then run the puree through a fine mesh strainer and remove any large portions of strawberry.
In a pot, bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue stirring until the sugar is dissolved completely. Remove pot from heat and let cool.
Add lemon juice, strawberry puree and 3 cups of water. For the adults, add vodka to the mixture. Stir well and serve over ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
Techniques used in this recipe:
- simmer (I)
- simmer (I): to maintain the temperature of a liquid just below boiling.
- puree: to process food (by mashing, straining, or chopping it very fine) in order to make it a smooth paste. Also, a product produced using this technique.
- <p><strong>mint:</strong> there are many varieties of mint; commercially, peppermint and spearmint are the most popular. Peppermint is bright green, sharply pungent, and the stems are lightly tinged with purple. Spearmint is more delicate in fragrance, and its color is a uniform, light grayish green.</p><p>Peppermint is used in many appetizers, salads, sauces (mint sauce for lamb), vegetables, desserts, and beverages.</p><p>Spearmint is most often found in salads, fruit (salads, cocktails, pears, melons) and fruit syrups, desserts and beverages.</p><p>Both varieties of mint are often used as ingredients in many cocktails. In the last several years we've seen a resurgence in popularity of mixed drinks mint is used in the Mint Julep, the Mojito and a variety of other cocktails.</p>