Make it. Eat it. Love it.
Spring is here and with it comes bright sunny days that warm your face, white fluffy clouds dancing across a beautiful blue sky, backyard BBQ’s with friends, picnics and walks in the park, flowers blooming and freshly grown leaves swaying on trees in the warm afternoon breeze.
We emerge from our winter slumbers ready to embrace the outdoors once again. Ready to feel the sun, walk barefoot through the grass and enjoy the tastes that come with this wonderful time of year.
Whether it be bridal showers or baby showers, Mother’s day or graduations, baseball season or even just a celebration of beautiful weather, Spring seems to be the season of celebrations. And so, it becomes the time of year where mimosas grace Sunday brunches, a chilled white wine is in hand at BBQ’s and fancy fruity cocktails present themselves at outdoor dinner parties.
I reached the half way point of my pregnancy this week. A cause for celebration and why not when the weather is so nice and strawberries are in season, which is pretty much a cause for celebration in itself. A few months back I bought a strawberry plant and absolutely love watching the delicate pink flowers of it slowly turn into little white strawberries that eventually turn bright red and oh so sweet. Besides plucking them and eating them right there they were also the inspiration for my celebratory 20 week pregnancy ‘cocktail’.
As I sit outside enjoying the beautiful Spring breeze, I feel that it seems like just yesterday I found out I was going to be having a baby. As excited and anxious as I am to meet my baby girl, I’m not sure I want the second half of my pregnancy to go as fast, as I’m really enjoying this experience. I want to slow down time and sit outside with the sun warming my face, my hand rubbing my belly and a strawberry mint lemonade in hand.
Perfect for any Spring celebration or ordinary afternoon sitting on the porch, strawberry mint lemonade is wonderful and refreshing not to mention absolutely beautiful! Seriously, who wouldn’t want to sip on something pink with yellow lemon slices and green mint leaves popping through? Try adding some champagne or prosecco instead of water to make for a more ‘festive’ drink.
1 pint strawberries
2 cups water, divided
1 cup sugar
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
large bunch of fresh mint
3-4 cups sparkling or still water
1/2 lemon sliced thin
In a blender, blend strawberries with 1 cup of water until smooth, set aside.
In a small sauce pan combine sugar and remaining 1 cup of water.
Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is disolved and mixture turns to a syrup, set aside to cool.
In a pitcher combine strawberry puree, lemon juice and cooled sugar syrup.
Add enough sparkling or stilled water as needed to achieve desired constancy and taste. (the more water the less tart a taste)
Add fresh mint and lemon slices to the pitcher and using a wooden spoon, stir to combine.
Serve chilled in glasses filled with ice and fresh mint.