Strawberry Syrup

Who doesn’t love fresh picked strawberries in the spring! Yum! And who doesn’t like ice cream? Seriously, we can’t be friends if you don’t. Just kidding!

I had some strawberries that I picked up at the grocery store, so they were not local and nor fresh picked. They were not very flavorful at all. So what to do with them?

Make strawberry sundae syrup!

I ended up with about one and half cups of strawberries cut in half, about ¾ cup of sugar and a couple of tablespoons of Cherry Pomegranate juice. You can just use water. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a light simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and making sure it does not go to a heavy boil. After 5 minutes mash the strawberries, I used an old fashioned hand held potato masher. Love that kitchen tool! Let it simmer for another minute or two and turn off the heat.

It should thicken as it cools and still be pourable.

Depending on how sweet (or not so sweet) your berries are will dictate how much sugar you use to make the syrup.

You can serve this syrup warm or cold over ice cream, waffles, pancakes or French toast.

I hope you are enjoying the Memorial Day weekend.

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Ginger Honey Lemonade

I have been enjoying a hot tea of fresh ginger, lemon and honey every afternoon.  All three of those ingredients are beneficial; anti-inflammatory, immune booster and aides in digestion.

But then I thought, why not make an iced lemonade from this awesome concoction!

I enjoyed the ginger lemonade the day that I cut my grass for the first time this season and wowza was it a delicious treat!  Very refreshing!

And it’s so very easy to make.  I had a very large piece of ginger, so I still have enough for another pitcher or several cups of hot tea.

I took five 1 inch pieces of the ginger, peeled it and cut it into halves and placed them into a sauce pan with 5 cups of water.  Cover the pot and bring it to a light simmer.  Let it simmer for about 15 minutes and remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, take 5 lemons and squeeze the juice (minus the seeds!) into a pitcher.

When the ginger water is cooled but still ever so slightly warm, pour that into the pitcher with the lemon juice and then add ¼ cup of honey.  You can adjust the honey to more or less depending on how sweet you want the lemonade.

The honey will dissolve better if the lemonade is still just a little warm.

Pour over ice and add lemon slices, sit back in your lounge chair outside and enjoy!

Mojito’s and Mint Tea

I love when my herbs are growing and blooming!  But I REALLY love it with the mint has come in!

Last year I planted mint in a large pot, and it did very well.  It came back beautifully this spring.  But I had to plant another pot this year because I love it so much!

I have made my usual mint tea twice this spring and now I make mojito’s!!

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You can check out my recipe for the mint tea recipe here Fresh Mint Tea.  Although I plan to use some green tea bags the next time I make it, green tea is so healthy for us and I’m trying to incorporate more of it in my diet.

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For the mojito, first I made a simple syrup by using 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. Bring the water to a light boil, stirring until the sugar is melted.  Remove from heat and add about 5 large mint leaves to the syrup to “steep” while it cools.

I cut a lime in half, set half of it aside and the other half I quartered and squeezed the lime juice into my glass with about 10 mint leaves.  Muddle to break up the leaves, for just about a minute.  Then I added the lime quarters that I squeezed the  juice from and muddled them for a few seconds.  Fill glass with ice.

After the simple syrup was cool, I added 2 ozs to my glass.  Then 2-3 ozs of white rum and topped off the glass with seltzer water.
Add a lime slice to the rim of the glass and float a sprig of mint on top as well.

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Mint Mojito

 

  • 15 mint leaves, more for a more minty taste
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2-3 ozs white rum
  • 1 lime
  • seltzer water

Make a simple syrup with the sugar and water by placing in a small sauce pan and bring to a light boil, stirring to melt the sugar.  When the sugar is melted stir in 5 mint leaves and set aside to cool.

Cut a lime in half; take half the lime and quarter it, squeeze juice into glass. Add 10 mint leaves and muddle.  Add the squeezed lime quarters and muddle lightly again.  I added another half of a slice of lime to the glass and to the rim.

Fill glass with ice, add the rum and mint infused simple syrup.  Top with a splash of seltzer water.

Live well friends and have a minty summer!  Be sure to follow me on Facebook for daily babbling and rambling!

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