Today I’m sharing a very pink drink that we used at the birthday party my sister and I threw for our mom. It was inspired off Pinterest (of course!), but I’m terrible at following recipes, so I made up the quantities and just made sure that it tasted sweet and delicious!
Let’s see. I had a gallon ziploc bag about 3/4 full of frozen strawberries left over from last summer. I had frozen it thinking it would be great with ice cream and nutella in the winter, but that didn’t really pan out. The strawberries were a bit mushy once thawed, and I really prefer the fresh berry more. But that made this drink the perfect vehicle in which to use the mushy thawed bits of summer!
frozen strawberries – 3/4 gallon ziploc bag
13 lemons, give or take – it came out to about 2 cups of juice
I made the simple syrup by dissolving maybe 1 1/2 cups of sugar in 2 cups of hot water, then letting it cool. Puree the strawberries. Feel free to filter out the seeds and pulp if you’d like, and add extra sugar into the puree – also optional. Then mix the strawberry puree with the lemon juice and the simple syrup to make a thick sweet gooey fruity concentrate. To be honest, this drink was heavy on the strawberries and light on the lemonade! I had my 4 Home Goods carafes, so I split the concentrate into 4 portions, added them to the carafes, and filled the carafes with club soda.
Ok, TIP: Do the pouring of the club soda in a sink, because the bubbles + the strawberry mixture created a pink volcano. It worked better when I poured the seltzer into the bottle first, then added the strawberry mixture slowly through a funnel. It still bubbled like crazy, so go SLOWLY!
You can dilute the concentrate with as much or as little seltzer as you want. Our version was quite sweet, and I think it still would have tasted great with more seltzer, if we had another bottle to pour it in.
I think I will be using this concept again. Make a juice concentrate (or be lazy and buy the Goya fruit nectars) and add seltzer/club soda for a quick fancy looking party drink. Oh, and I imagine a bit of vodka or gin or white rum wouldn’t hurt either! mmm…Hendricks Gin with a grape concentrate plus seltzer. Or Bacardi coconut rum with a pineapple and peach nectar plus seltzer! Yowza, so many possibilities!
Sounds refreshing and I love the bright, bold color!
I just bought those napkins for my daughter’s birthday party (which isn’t until December, but I started early!). I may have to make the lemonade to go with them! 🙂
This sounds wonderful! I am going to make it right now for a lunch I am having! I stumbled across this just in time! Would you consider sharing it over at my linky party?
This looks so good! I have a couple parties coming up I will definitely have to try this! I would love for you to share this at my link party
Looks great! I’m loving the colors, too! I’m featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee
I’ll be featuring this recipe tomorrow in a special strawberry post!
I’m thrilled to be featuring this drink in today’s roundup! http://www.dosmallthingswithlove.com/2013/08/40-summer-cocktail-recipes.html
Wow, this looks beautiful and I’m sure is absolutely delicious!