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
Serves: 4 servings
 
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
Serving size: 1 glass Calories: 154 kcal Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 39 g Sugar: 33 g Sodium: 152 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg


Skinny Strawberry Sangria

Skinny California Strawberry Sangria Recipe

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

 

Skinny Strawberry Sangria
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Serves: 10
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups California strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
  • 750 mL bottle red wine
  • 2, 12 oz cans lime-flavored sparkling water
  • A few handfuls of ice
Instructions
  1. Add 2 cups of the sliced strawberries to a large pitcher. Pour wine over strawberries. Cover, place in refrigerator for 4-5 hours.
  2. Remove from refrigerator; add lime sparkling water and ice. Add a few slices of remaining strawberries to your glass. Pour sangria over strawberries and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 77 kcal Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 5 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 10 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

 

Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!


Strawberry Muddle Cocktail

Strawberry Muddle Cocktail

Strawberry Muddle Cocktail

Who doesn’t love a Strawberry Cocktail Recipe? This Strawberry Muddle Cocktail is great for cooling off in the summer heat or reminiscing on warmer days.

Have you muddled yet? This trendy technique for blending drinks creates perfectly juicy and flavorful cocktails that will delight your guests.

Strawberry Muddle Cocktail
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large or 3 small fresh California strawberries, stemmed
  • ½ - 1 tbsp simple syrup
  • 2 slices lemon
  • 6 oz prosecco
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint leaf
Instructions
  1. In a glass, muddle strawberries to a fine pulp.
  2. Add simple syrup to taste.
  3. Place lemon slices on top of strawberries and punch out the centers, leaving rinds in glass.
  4. Gently pour in prosecco; do not stir.
  5. Layer top of glass with ice; garnish with mint.

Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!


Strawberry Rum Chillers

Enjoy this guest post by Matt Robinson of Real Food by Dad:

It’s popsicle season and that is a big deal around my home. That said, these popsicles are a favorite and a constant in my freezer. Of course you can skip the rum and just keep the popsicles as a straight-up fruity ice pop for the kiddos and it’ll be just as good. If you do decide to make two batches, don’t forget to mark one from another. In my house, I mark the kid-friendly pops with a smiley face so there’s never any confusion.

Strawberry Rum Chillers

And since these are a favorite, lucky for me strawberries are available year-around with peak season in California starting in March and ending late fall. So I take full advantage of the the year-round crop, but will stock up when when they are in season by freezing them or using strawberries as the base for many of the fruit pops I serve to my family. A good thing, since strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange and its loaded with nutrients.

Strawberry Rum Chillers

I usually limit my boys on sweet treats for the day, but these fall under the unlimited category. I let them indulge as the craving arises. That is except for the baby, who would probably eat one popsicle after another until he fell over from overeating.

Strawberry Rum Chillers - Popsicle Recipe

Thank goodness we live in California where 90% of the nation’s strawberries are grown, so there is no shortage around here. Gotta love California!

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Strawberry Rum Chillers
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Serves: 10, 2oz popsicles
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup limeade, divided use or your preferred juice
  • ½ cup white rum
  • 2 lbs strawberries
  • 5 kiwis
Instructions
  1. Place limeade, rum and strawberries in a blender and pulse until smooth; set aside. Place kiwis and remaining ¼ cup of limeade in a blender and pulse until smooth; set aside.
  2. Pour and layer* popsicle molds according to preference. Place foil on top and pierce a small hole in the center of each well. Insert stick and freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight* *
Notes
*To layer popsicle, make sure to give the strawberry layer a slight freeze, about 30 minutes, before pouring the kiwi layer on top so it doesn’t blend. The kiwi layer will not need to be freezing before layering with strawberry on top as it will be less dense.
**Freeze time will vary according to freezer setting and how full it is.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 popsicle Calories: 81 kcal Fat: 0.5 g Saturated fat: 0 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 13 g Sugar: 9 g Sodium: 4 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

 


Must-Try Strawberry Cocktails

5 Must Try Summer Strawberry Cocktail Recipes

A couple weeks ago I attended a strawberry farm tour which I had the pleasure of helping put together. The two-day event was designed to introduce influential food and nutrition bloggers to strawberry farmers for an up close and personal look at strawberry farming in California.

Strawberry Summer Cocktails

California Blonde

In addition to the great discussions and beautiful scenery, the food and beverages were delicious — and definitely worth sharing. The event took place on warm and sunny days along the beautiful coast at Pismo Beach, and chefs couldn’t have done a better job serving cocktails perfect for the occasion. If you plan to host any seaside gatherings, you might want to whip these beauties up!

Strawberry Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze
PISMO BEACH, Calif., June 23, 2015.
California Strawberry Commission Blogger Field Tour in Pismo Beach, Calif., June 23, 2015.
Photo by Robert Durell

As a bonus, a few of the lovely folks who attended the farm tour event have already shared their experiences, including Nik from A Brown Table, Tammilee from  Tammilee Tips, dietitian Jenna from Make Healthy Easy, and Kylie (also a dietitian) from ImmaEatThat. We invite you to take your own tour through their posts filled with photos and information you might find refreshing. Enjoy!

Two Must-Try Summer Strawberry Cocktails
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Serves: 1 cocktail each
 
Ingredients
California Blonde
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz lemon
  • ½ oz Simple Syrup
  • ¼ oz Chambord
  • 2 muddled strawberries
Summer Breeze
  • 2 oz rum
  • 1 oz lemon
  • 1 oz Pineapple
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • ½ oz Campari
  • 4 strawberries
Instructions
To make California Strawberry Blonde:
  1. Shake, blend or whisk all ingredients together. Use ice when preparing or chill before serving.
  2. Serve with garnish of strawberry and/or lemon.
To make Summer Breeze:
  1. Add all ingredients (plus a few ice cubes) to a blender and blend to desired consistency.


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

Don’t forget to check out more of our recipes for delicious ideas!

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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 Tbsp 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.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 drink Calories: 170 kcal Fat: 3 g Saturated fat: 2 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 39 g Sugar: 31 g Sodium: 43 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

 


Strawberry Watermelon Mojitos

Skinny Strawberry Watermelon Mint Mojito

Whether planning a Sunday brunch or 4th of July party, a fresh and healthy fruity summer cocktail like these Skinny Strawberry Watermelon Mojitos should fit the bill anytime.

Skinny Strawberry & Watermelon Mojitos

It’s the perfect time of year to start thinking about warm weather entertaining.

What’s great about this beverage is that it’s blended with fresh fruit – think smoothie meets a muddled cocktail. It has a surprising texture that’s almost a little crispy. It’s also easy to turn into a mocktail by swapping out the rum with apple juice or white grape juice.

Enjoy! Don’t forget to check out more of our delicious recipes for ideas.

Strawberry Watermelon Mojitos
Serves: Serves 8
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 20 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cups California Strawberries, halved
  • 2 cups watermelon, 1 inch cubes
  • 6 oz light rum
  • 12 oz sparkling water, lime (no artificial ingredients)
Instructions
  1. In a pitcher, combine the lime juice with 12 mint leaves. Put the strawberries and watermelon in the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the blender mixture into the pitcher. Add rum and sparkling water to the pitcher, stirring until well combined. Serve chilled using a mint leaf and fresh strawberry for garnish.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 mojito Calories: 49 kcal Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 6 g Sugar: 4 g Sodium: 8 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 0.5 g Cholesterol: 0 mg