Basil Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Basil Lemonade Recipe

Basil Strawberry Lemonade is a fresh twist on classic lemonade. Garnished with basil, lemon, and strawberries this drink looks as good as it tastes!

Basil Strawberry Lemonade

 

 

Basil Strawberry Lemonade
 
Ingredients
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 cup lemon juice – freshly squeezed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 lb California strawberries – rinsed
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Lemon slices, for garnish
  • Fresh California strawberries, for garnish
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed for just 20 seconds.
  2. Pass through a strainer and keep refrigerated until ready for the party.
  3. Serve over ice with slices of lemon, strawberries and basil leaves as garnish.
  4. As an alternative idea, try this as a cocktail. It’s great with vodka, champagne, or dry white wine
Nutrition Information
Calories: 148 Fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 38g Sodium: 85mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 1g Cholesterol: 0


Refreshing Agua de Jamaica with California Strawberries

Refreshing Agua de Jamaica is a great drink, with this version being made with California Strawberries

Agua de Jamaica with California Strawberries

Refreshing Agua de Jamaica with California Strawberries
 
Ingredients
Fruit:
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans sparkling, lime-flavored water
  • ¼ cup sugar or no-calorie sweetener, if desired
  • 1 cup California strawberries
  • 1 lime, sliced
Agua de Jamaica:
  • 2 cups dried hibiscus flowers
  • 8 cups (½ gallon) water
Instructions
  1. Boil hibiscus flowers in water for several minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and let steep for 2 to 4 minutes, depending on desired strength.
  3. Add sparkling water, sugar, strawberries, lime and Agua de Jamaica. Serve over ice.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 26 Fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 7g Sodium: 11mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 0.1g Cholesterol: 0mg

 

 

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Strawberry Horchata

Strawberry Horchata

Looking for a unique, refreshing beverage using strawberries? Try this strawberry horchata recipe from Mama Latina Tips. Not only is it yummy and satisfying, it’s an easy way to incorporate a serving of 8 strawberries into your diet.

Plus, since California strawberries are available all year long, you can make this throughout the year. Try it out!

Strawberry Horchata

Strawberry Horchata
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Serves: 8 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp rice flour or brown rice flour
  • 1 small cinnamon stick (or about 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon)
  • 1 cup almond beverage
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ lbs of strawberries, plus a few extra for garnishing, washed and hulled
  • 6 cups of water
Instructions
  1. Mix rice flour, cinnamon stick and almond beverage in a blender or food processor until cinnamon is completely pulverized. Pour into a small pot and warm over medium-high heat until it starts to boil. Add vanilla extract, turn the heat off and set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine strawberries (remember to leave a few extra for garnishing), condensed milk and one cup of water. Mix until well integrated and as smooth as possible.
  3. Strain rice flour mixture into the water, pour the strawberry-condensed milk mixture and mix well. Adjust for sweetness.
  4. Either cut in half or chop strawberries to garnish the glasses.
  5. Chill or pour over ice and serve.


Skinny Strawberry Sangria

Skinny California Strawberry Sangria Recipe

Celebrate all year-round with this simple, fruity and guilt-free Strawberry Sangria Recipe. Made with California Strawberries!

 

Skinny California Strawberry Sangria
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Total time: 
Serves: 10
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups California strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
  • 750 ml bottle red wine
  • 2 - 12 ounces cans lime-flavored sparkling water
  • a few handfuls of ice
Instructions
  1. Add 2 cups of the sliced strawberries to a large pitcher.
  2. Pour wine over strawberries.
  3. Cover, place in refrigerator for 4-5 hours.
  4. Remove from refrigerator; add lime sparkling water and ice.
  5. Add a few slices of remaining strawberries to your glass. Pour sangria over strawberries and enjoy!

 

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Cashew Strawberry Milk

Healthy Strawberry Milk

When I was a kid, I used to LOVE strawberry milk. Thinking about it now, I kind of cringe – tons of sugar, artificial color and flavor, and who knows what else. But then I thought – why not create a healthy homemade version of our old classic favorite, this time using real strawberries? Just in time for back to school season, too!

homemade strawberry milk

Unlike the processed strawberry milk on the market, this creamy, delicious version includes real California strawberries. Strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange and are packed with essential vitamins, dietary fiber, potassium and health-promoting phytochemicals. In fact, did you know that research suggests eating just 1 cup of strawberries a day may improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of some cancers and support brain function? Sweet. Now that is an after school snack everyone can feel good about!

homemade strawberry milk

For a unique take on strawberry milk, this recipe is actually dairy free and made with homemade cashew milk! Have you ever tried to make cashew milk at home before? Turns out it’s quite easy – all you need are cashews, water, and a high speed blender! The first step is to soak the cashews in water overnight so they become soft and are more easily blended. The next morning, simply drain them and rinse. Then, you are ready to make cashew milk!

how to make cashew milk

Pop the softened cashews into a blender with more water (full recipe details below), and blend until smooth (usually a couple minutes). Then, add your strawberries and a little pure maple syrup to taste. If you’d like the milk sweeter, add a full tablespoon of maple syrup. For less sweet, try a half tablespoon. Up to you! Blend another couple minutes until smooth.

homemade strawberry cashew milk blender

Depending on how efficient your blender is, you may want to strain the strawberry milk before serving. This is optional!

homemade strawberry milk

Serve cold and enjoy! This creamy and slightly sweet treat will make a great healthy afternoon snack for both kids and parents. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week; just shake it before serving in case settling occurs.

homemade strawberry cashew milk

If you’re not feeling the cashew milk thing, don’t have cashews on hand, or don’t want to wait until tomorrow to make this recipe (because the cashews need overnight soaking), feel free to simply make this recipe using whole milk or any store bought alternative milk (like almond or soy milk). Just skip steps 1 and 2 of the recipe, and add about 3 cups of your choice of milk to the blender with the strawberries and pure maple syrup. The possibilities are endless!

how to make homemade cashew milk

Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

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Healthy Homemade Strawberry Milk Recipe
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Recipe type: beverage
Serves: 4 cups
 
This homemade strawberry milk is a healthy twist on the classic childhood favorite. It makes a great afternoon snack for both kids and adults!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cups water (plus more for soaking)
  • 2 cups roughly chopped strawberries
  • ½ - 1 tbsp maple syrup (adjust for sweetness)
Instructions
  1. Place the cashews in a large bowl and cover generously with water. Allow to soak overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the cashews, then place in a high speed blender with the 2 cups of water. Blend for 3 -4 minutes, until completely smooth.
  3. Add the strawberries and maple syrup to taste and blend for another 2 minutes, until completely smooth.
  4. If necessary (depends how good your blender is), strain the milk through a fine mesh strainer.
  5. Serve cold and enjoy! Seal any extra in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Shake if separation occurs.

 


Strawberry Passion Caipirinha

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

I have a love affair with a perfectly muddled mojito and the first time I ever tasted a caipirinha it was love at first sip. Pronounced ky-pee-REE-nya, the name makes me wanna shake my tail feathers at carnaval. This Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha Cocktail is a must try!

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

 

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

A mojito and a caipirinha are very similar. A mojito includes mint leaves and instead of rum the classic Brazilian caipirinha is made with cachaça. Cachaça is a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice and is the most popular distilled spirit in Brazil.

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

A traditional caipirinha is made with limes without mint, but because I love tropical flavors and mint this caipirinha is made with strawberries, passion fruit, mint leaves, and limes. I also added coconut juice, which is slightly sweet and very refreshing. Topped with club soda this cocktail is fun to make and easy to drink.

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

You might want to serve a spoon with this cocktail so you can eat the remaining cachaça soaked fruit. Although strawberries are available year-round, peak season for California strawberries starts in March and ends in late fall, making this drink perfect for a sultry summer fiesta.

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

If you haven’t tasted a passion fruit beverage or cocktail, you’re missing out. Passion fruit seeds make a great base in cocktails. They have a sweet and aromatic taste and are delicious paired with strawberries.

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

 

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

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Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha
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Serves: Makes 2 drinks
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 10 strawberries, sliced
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 2 tbls granulated sugar
  • 1 cup coconut juice
  • 1 passion fruit, halved
  • 3 oz cachaça
  • 4 oz club soda, chilled
  • Crushed ice
Instructions
  1. Divide lime wedges, strawberries, mint leaves, and sugar between 2 glasses and muddle.
  2. Add coconut juice and scoop the passion fruit pulp with seeds into the glasses. Add cachaça and top off with club soda, ice, and stir.