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Strawberry Lemonade [and other goodies] Using Strawberry Puree

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Tomorrow is the Fourth of July. Red, white, and blue day. Red is for strawberries, to be consumed in cake, pie, and beverages aplenty.

This post is really about two things: the lemonade pictured above and puree, which has multiple uses over and above mere lemonade. Once the puree is prepared, then you options are diverse:

  • Strawberry lemonade: 1 part puree to 3 part lemonade [canned is okay but see other blog posts here for outrageous lemonade ideas using lemons from scratch
  • Strawberry Agua Fresca: 1 part puree to 3 parts cold water
  • Strawberry Fritzer: 1 part puree to 3 parts cold club soda or seltzer water
  • Strawberry Margarita: see the recipe below

My 1-to-3 proportions are simply my personal preference. Depending on the flavor power of your strawberries and the ache in your sweet tooth and the acidity of your lemonade, you'll want to adjust the proportions. Do a side experiment with chilled liquids before making a major decision.

Strawberry Puree

Yield: 2+ cups

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of perfectly ripe strawberry halves [that's a four cup measure randomly filled with halves, not packed]
  • ¾ cup of granulated sugar
  • Juice of one small lemon

Preparation:

Before you halve the berries, wash and dry them. Make sure you snip off the end and any sore spots.

Put the berries in a blender, or, better, a VitaMix. Blend for two minutes until liquefied. Add the sugar and lemon juice. Blend another minute or two. If using a blender, you may want to sieve the liquid. If you are using a Vitamix, the machine is so powerful that sieving is really not necessary.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The puree is best used on Day 1.

Source: Brian O’Rourke

Photo Information: Canon T2i, 30MM, F/4.5 for 1/50 second with ISO 800

Strawberry Margarita from Rick Bayless Frontera Grill

Yield: 4 drinks

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh lime juice (2 to 3 limes)
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
Lime wedges
Coarse salt
3/4 cup  Tres Generaciones Blanco Tequila
3/4 cup  pureed strawberries
1/4 cup  cucumber juice  (peel and cube fresh cucumber and puree in a blender)
About 1 cup coarsely broken ice cubes

Preparation:

Make limonada (limeade).  Combine lime juice, sugar and a scant 2/3 cup of water in a glass or plastic pitcher.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (but no longer than 24 hours).

Finishing and serving the margaritas.  Rub the rims of 4 martini glasses with a lime wedge, then dip them in a dish of coarse salt.  In a shaker, combine the limeade, tequila, strawberry puree and cucumber juice.  Add ice and shake 10 to 15 seconds, then pour into the prepared glasses.

 

 

 

Tags: puree, strawberries

Lemonade Syrup from Lori Longbotham

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Luscious Lemon

 

Luscious Lemon Desserts by Lori Longbotham is filled with lemon ideas, some familiar and some with a twist. Here’s her idea for “staging ahead” to make lemonade: make a lemon juice syrup that can be stored for up to three weeks. When you want to drink, all you do is mix the syrup with cold water. The mixing ratio? It’s up to you, but the suggested proportions are 1 part syrup to 4-6 parts water. You can start with 1:4 and dilute if you want. I prefer my lemonade on the “wake me now” side.

Lemonade Syrup

Yield: 5 Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 4 lemons
  • Pinch of slat
  • 3 cups fresh lemon juice [about 12 large lemons]

Preparation:

Bring 1 cup of water, the sugar, and the zest and the salt to a boil in large saucepan over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved. Boil for 5 minutes, then removed the pan from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

Pour the syrup through a strainer into a large glass measure or bowl. Stir in the lemon juice and mix. Pour the syrup into a large jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid. The syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Source: Luscious Lemon Desserts by Lori Longbotham