June 21, 2010
Aunt Suzy says
Strawberries have been available for a couple of weeks up here in Minnesota and I can’t get enough of them! There are so many things one can do with them from the simple – on top of a morning bowl of cereal – to more difficult – like fancy jams and preserves. One of my favorite new things that I discovered last year is this drink which is made for summer. I’ve served these twice recently and think that more are in my future. They are a great reason to invite people over to hang out on the deck or the front porch now that it is officially summer!
Make a simple syrup by placing 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan. On medium heat, stir till the sugar dissolves. Turn up heat and bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes. Cool the syrup. This will make enough syrup for about 12 drinks.
In double rocks glasses, place about 1/3 cup strawberries that have been hulled and cut in half. Add 1 tablespoon of the cooled simple syrup and then “muddle” by mashing a little. Add 1 slice of lemon and press to release the juice. While the recipe did not call for this, I think it’s good to let this sit for 30-60 minutes – if you can wait that long, that is.
Add 2-4 ice cubes to each glass and fill with Prosecco – no need to buy the very best quality for this drink. (Now that I look at the photo, I see that we did not remember the ice cubes! Delicious either way based on my up-close-and-personal experience. :-))