Strawberry Season!

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. :-))