Strawberry Season

by Samantha ~ May 9th, 2012. Filed under: eats, the homefront.

There is something so incredible about Louisiana strawberries that I can’t get enough of them. A few days ago, I made some iced green tea, and after convincing myself that it didn’t look like a jar out of Howard Hughe’s home collection, I realized it wasn’t as satisfying as I wanted it to be.

It needed some gorgeous, sweet, perfect strawberries!

Strawberry Simple Syrup Recipe :

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled & sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer on a low heat. I left it on for about two 30 Rock episodes on Netflix. We don’t have any clocks in our kitchen, so I time things by TV. It works. I separated the syrup from the compote strawberries and saved them in different jars.

Here are a few different things I tried out with the syrup ::

Strawberry Pimm’s Cup :: Favorite, favorite, favorite. I could drink these all day and all night.

  • 2 oz Pimm’s
  • 1 1/2 oz Hendrick’s gin
  • 1 oz strawberry syrup
  • lemonade
Combine all ingredients over ice & shake. I included the leftover strawberries, and really wish I had remembered to buy cucumbers to add to the mix!

There were similar experiments in mixing involving tequila, which were delicious in their own right. Ryan also used some of the residual berries to garnish one of his super fancy mint juleps, but I haven’t the slightest clue how he makes them.

And, of course, my improved “took the healthy right out of that” green tea!

 

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2 Responses to Strawberry Season

  1. bairdduvessa

    thank you for sharing this, we have a ton of strawberries here ans only so many recipes.

  2. sajb

    Strawberries :)

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