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Summer strawberry drink

Summer strawberry drink with mint

I remember this one Saturday afternoon, in the late summer at our country house, when my dad decided to make us jambalaya, I think for lunch.

It was completely random.

At that point, we had not yet visited Louisiana or New Orleans. Maybe he was inspired by something he saw on tv. It was probably the late ’80s or early ’90s, so this was pre-Food Network. We watched our cooking shows on PBS back then, via an antenna.

I don’t recall what the finished dish was like, but I’m sure I ate it up, like every thing that my dad made, and of course my mom too.

Fresh strawberries and mint are the ingredients in this summer strawberry drink

 

There’s something special about when my dad makes a meal, and I’m not referring to the barbecuing on a Sunday night. I mean when he takes the time to prepare a chicken curry like he remembers from his time in England, or for ground beef-stuffed pitas, baked in newspaper in the oven, like he grew up eating.

Special.

How to make a summer strawberry drink

 

On hot summer days, I remember hearing the blender go off, and soon after, my dad would deliver to me a glass full of a strawberry drink: fresh strawberries blended with ice, mint, and a touch of sugar. I never requested the drink. It was just another one of those moments in time when my dad felt like making me something in the kitchen.

That’s love.

Fresh strawberry drink for summer

And if you have a bumper crop of strawberries to use up, try these crêpes with fresh strawberries and pastry cream, or strawberry apricot trifles, and you can even bake them into strawberry rhubarb muffins.

Summer strawberry drink

Summer strawberry drink with mint is the perfect ice cold drink for summer
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 141kcal
Author Janice

Ingredients

  • 1 pint fresh local strawberries ~300 grams, cleaned and hulled
  • 6 or 7 ice cubes
  • 2 splashes water
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar optional
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 cup sparkling water optional

Instructions

  • Combine the first five ingredients in a blender and pulse/purée it until it’s smooth (if necessary, add a little more water or ice).
  • Transfer to a glass with a straw and serve as is, or you can split it between two glasses topped with sparkling water (but that’s just a suggestion, and definitely not how my dad would make it).
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Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal

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5 Responses to Summer strawberry drink

  1. דפנה י. July 9, 2013 at 8:15 PM #

    beautiful post!

    • Janice Lawandi July 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM #

      Thank you!

  2. [email protected] Bigger July 28, 2013 at 5:06 PM #

    awww… i love this just as much for the story as for the drink 🙂

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