I have been dying to use strawberries in something! Springtime just calls for strawberries because they are so fresh and bright. Not to mention they work so perfectly with tropical flavors like coconut. Eventually I will do a full on strawberry week, but I think I’m going to wait until they are at their full ripeness potential.
I don’t know if you are up on the whole coconut water drinking craze. I know quite a few people who swear by it. Personally, I can take it or leave it. I do like coconut water but I really want it mixed with other fun stuff. Like strawberries. The two compliment each other with their subtle sweetness letting the strawberries make the coconut water super easy to drink. I may be a believer of drinking coconut water a bit more if I can always mix it with strawberries.
The strawberries are chopped small then macerated with sugar and lime juice. Really you have to let it sit for several hours. That is how the sweetness comes through and can blend with the coconut water to make a full flavored drink to sip on.
I really wanted a refreshing drink to bring over to my parents house for Easter dinner. In the past we typically offer wine, beer and sodas, but I wanted something light to drink that could be alcoholic or not. This spritzer was perfect for that. Several people tried out the drink with and without the optional vodka in it and it was a huge hit!
I think we drank a bit too many spritzers and ended up playing Babel. A few years ago my mom created this giant Jenga game made with 2×4’s stamped with the word ‘Babel’. It is so much fun to play and attempt to get the bricks as high as possible. I think our highest stack was 36 levels high or something like that. Basically it was over five feet tall.
Unfortunately I lost spectacularly, spilling 2×4 bricks all over the front driveway. The only danger is the falling tower of babel as it collapses can certainly bruise toes, fingers or small children standing in the way. I have said numerous times, we need to provide shields for players and nearby onlookers. Thankfully, no one was damaged by my losing tower.
I think the best part in the whole drink is the sweetened lime soaked strawberries that gather at the bottom of the glass. If you chop up the strawberries small enough then they can be slurped up through the straw. Or just serve it with a spoon.
In fact I probably need to drink more of this. I have had this lingering cold that just won’t go away. I have stayed away from dairy and anything else that causes me to go into a two minute coughing fit. Well. Talking will do that though, so maybe I should just write instead of talk anyways. I figure that fresh fruits and veggies will help, and the seltzer water is refreshing on my throat. Who knew this could turn into a drink to cure a cold?
- 3 cups chopped strawberries
- 1 lime
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- Coconut water
- Seltzer water
- Strawberries and lime wedges, for garnish
- Mix the strawberries with the lime juice and sugar. Set aside to macerate for at least two hours or overnight.
- In a tall glass put two large scoops of the strawberry mixture. Fill halfway with coconut water then top with ice and seltzer water. Garnish with strawberries and lime wedges.