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My goodness does time moves fast! I cannot believe we are at the end of summer and fall is just around the corner. Perhaps, for some, fall is not as near as I perceive it. However, we are coming down to one month to go before the season's change again.
With summer winding down, I must share a summer recipe for my favorite beverage...lemonade! If you do not know already, I love good food. And, one of my favorite hobbies is gourmet cooking and baking at home, especially for my husband, close family, and friends. Over the course of time, you'll see more of my favorite recipes appearing on the From the Heart blog. This is my personal treat to you so that you can do more entertaining with those that you love at home; creating lasting memories that you, your family, and friends can talk about for years to come. Are you excited? I sure hope so!
This Strawberry lemonade recipe will tantalize your taste's buds with sweet, salty and a little bit of heat. For those who are a little uneasy about spicy recipes, I am someone who does not tolerate really spicy foods well. Therefore, it's not overpowering.
Spicy Strawberry Lemonade
(Makes one quart of goodness)
1 pint (2 cups) strawberries, rinsed and stems cut
1/2 to 3/4 cups of granulated sugar, depending on sweetness of fruit
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (fresh is best and watch out for the seeds!)
2 cups of cold water
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
2 tablespoons of raw sugar
1/2 teaspoon of flaky salt (fleur de sel) or coarse salt
1/8 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
1/2 cup of water in a small bowl
Using a blender, puree strawberries, sugar, and lemon zest until smooth. Place sieve on top of a medium sized bowl. Pour pureed strawberry mixture into the sieve and pass through into the bowl.
In a pitcher large enough to accommodate one quart of liquid, add puree mixture, cold water, and lemon juice. Mix well. Placed in the refrigerator and allow to chill before serving.
Just before serving: On a small plate, mix together fleur de sel salt, raw sugar, and cayenne pepper. Taste. If you prefer a little or less heat, adjust cayenne pepper to your liking. Take your drinking glasses and dip the tops of the glasses into the water filled bowl. Just enough to create a wet rim around the top. Then dip the tops of the glasses into the salt/sugar/spice mix until the rim is nicely coated with the mix. Add ice into the drinking glasses and pour in your strawberry lemonade mix. Note: You can also try this recipe with other berries such as raspberries and blueberries.
Enjoy your refreshing & spicy drink with your family and/or friends. Cheers to the last days of summer!