Friday, May 11, 2012

Strawberry and Lemon Crush




From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Mother's Day is nearly upon us and I wanted to share the recipe for this marvelously refreshing sipper with those of you who still are working on Sunday's menu. The drink is a non-alcoholic crush that's made with strawberries and fresh lemon juice. Crush is the name originally given to soft drinks whose flavors were enhanced by the addition of crushed fruit and oil from the peel. If you enjoy lemonade but are tired of the same ol' same ol' thirst quenchers, I hope you will give this a try. It is tart and sweet and the unmistakable flavor of fresh strawberries manages to hold its own against the more aromatic and assertive lemons, without making a drink that is cloyingly sweet. This crush has wonderful color and I like to serve it tall glasses that are packed with crushed ice. The Silver Fox tends to shy away from any drink that is colored pink, but even he likes this one and has learned how to make it for himself. For those of you who do not know him, that's tantamount to a rave review. I do hope you will give it a try. Here's the recipe.

Strawberry and Lemon Crush
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Emeril Lagasse
 
Ingredients:
1/2 cup super fine sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1 cup stemmed and halved strawberries
1 cup unflavored sparkling water or soda water
Cracked ice
Optional: Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Directions:

1) In a 2 cup measuring cup, combine sugar, lemon juice, and water and stir to dissolve sugar. Combine strawberries and sweetened water in a blender. Puree on high speed until smooth. Add sparkling water and pulse to incorporate. Taste and add more sugar if desired, and pulse to incorporate. Place cracked ice in 2 tall slender glasses. Pour strawberry crush over ice, garnish with mint sprigs, and serve. Yield: 2 servings.


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28 comments:

Gloria said...

Delicious Mary! Happy days mothers to you! loads of blessings!

Pegasuslegend said...

perfect! have a great
Mother's Day! I am off to NEw York... see you next week! have a great weekend!

Ginny said...

I never knew how they got that name, thanks! For some reason, crushes remind me of the 50's.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks beautiful Mary! Happy Mother's Day Weekend-enjoy:@)

Shug said...

Mmmm Mmmmm....this looks so refreshing! Sounds great for my upcoming Mary Kay Party!! Hope you enjoy this wonderful weekend...

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I cannot wait to share this with my daughter!! A few years ago we went to Blackberry Farm and her most favorite thing was the strawberry lemonade! This sounds perfect! Thank you so much, Mary! Happy Mother's Day to you! blessings ~ Tanna

Claudia said...

Well, if the Silver Fox learned to make it - I am making it tomorrow. Promise.

Kim Bee said...

This is fabulous. I bet the lemon just makes the strawberry flavour pop. Love it. I had no idea there was a pink link up party on weekends. I must join one. Maybe add my pink popcorn. I am so out of the loop.

Hovkonditorn said...

Refreshing and delicious!

anne said...

I love strawberry so as lemon and in one drink ?! Perfect ! Great for our toxic summer here ! Will surely make this refreshing drink ;) Thanks for sharing this , Mary !

Have a great Happy Mother's Day , you AWESOME Mom ! ;D

Akila said...

refreshig..
Event: Dish Name Starts With L
Learning-to-cook
Regards,
Akila

Jeannie said...

What delicious combination! I love how beautiful it looks!

Suchi said...

What a lovely drink Mary...so refreshing :-)

Rita said...

What a perfect summery drink; great combination of good ingredients. Used to love all those Crush sodas.
Rita

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Tell Silver Fox ... thanks for the rave review. :-)

Jay said...

I am so going to try this...delicious..;)
Tasty Appetite

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Happy mothers day! This reminds me of frozen strawberry lemonade which my kids love from McDonalds. I am sure this is much better too!

My Little Space said...

I will definitely need a few sip of this drink. It has been so very HOT over here. Enjoy your day, Mary!
Kristy

LV said...

It has been awhile since I had lunch with you. I will truly enjoy what you prepared today.

chubskulit said...

Fabulous and delightful!

My PINK, enjoy your weekend and happy mother's day!

ImSoVintage said...

Yum. If the Silver Fox gave it a "rave review", it must be fabulous :)
Have a wonderful Mother's Day.
Laura

tender b. said...

Sure beats the "real" thing.

All Things Yummy said...

Mmmm...looks so refreshing. I'm definitely saving this recipe to make this summer.

Life's a shoe said...

this looks and sounds so refreshing!

Joanne said...

Pink lemonade has always been one of my favorite specialty drinks but this version sounds even better!

Jane said...

Happy Mother's Day! That does look very refreshing! Although it is cold here today, so I think I will stick to the coffee for now :)

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Fern @ To Food With Love said...

That's a perfect summer drink! I'll have to bookmark this until summer arrives in six months! :)

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