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Strawberry Lime & Rose Mock Tail

Strawberry Lime & Rose Mock Tail

 

Here in the Portland, Oregon area the roses are starting to bloom, so it is Rose Festival Season! I just love this time of year when my rose bushes are at their prime and they have the most lovely, fragrant blooms. Since I grow my roses organically and don't use any chemicals on them, I can use them in drinks and dishes! What a win! 

I hope that you enjoy this fun and quick drink recipe that you can make to celebrate the roses this season! You could also add some rose water to amp-up the rose flavor if you desire. 

Rose, Strawberry Lime & Rose Mock Tail: 

1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries

1 key lime, quartered

1/4 cup maple syrup with infused rose petals (you'll use 1-3 tablespoons of this for 1 drink, then save the rest) 

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup rose petals

4-5 rose petals (for muddling in drink) 

crushed ice

sparkling water

 

1. Put strawberries & lime pieces & 4-5 torn fresh rose petals into a tall glass. 

2. Make syrup: bring to a simmer the water and maple syrup. Add the 1/4 cup rose petals. Infuse the syrup for 10 minutes while it cools. 

3. Add 1-3 tablespoons of the infused syrup to the glass. Muddle with a wooden spoon or muddle. Then, add crushed ice and sparkling water to taste. Taste your drink for sweetness and add more of the syrup to taste. 

This drink is yummy and refreshing. It won't taste a lot like rose petals but it has a unqiue flavor. 

Fresh Raspberry Cherry Lime Mocktails

Fresh Raspberry Cherry Lime Mock Tails

Yay! It's officially summer! I'm so excited about the bounty of local produce available including fresh, sweet cherries and raspberries. I am finally able to pick a whole bowl full of raspberries per day from the raspberry plants in our backyard. It is awesome! 

A wonderful thing happened when I happened to have a bag full of fresh cherries and fresh raspberries from the garden- I was able to create this drink! I love the combination of sweet fruit and tart, refreshing lime juice. 

This drink is healthy enough to treat yourself to at breakfast yet fancy enough to serve at a fun party or event. I invite you to get our your cocktail shaker and muddle up some fruit- get out there and enjoy summer and this amazing drink! 

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Fresh Raspberry Cherry Lime Mock Tails: 

1/4 cup fresh raspberries

1/4 cup fresh cherries- pitted and cut in half

Juice of one fresh lime

1/2 cup green tea, brewed and cooled 

2 teaspoons pure maple syrup (1 teaspoon per glass) 

1-2 cups sparkling water

1/2 cup ice

1. Place the fresh raspberries and cherries in a glass measuring cup or a bowl. Mash or muddle them with a wooden muddler or spoon. 

2. Place the crushed berries and cherries in a cocktail shaker along with the fresh lime juice and green tea and ice. Shake to combine together. 

3. Divide the mixture between two martini glasses. Then, pour sparkling water over the berry-cherry mixture. Then, mix in 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup into each glass. Stir to combine. Add more maple syrup to taste. 

Enjoy! 

Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea

strawberry hibiscus iced tea

This amazingly delicious and refreshing iced tea recipe came about when I decided last week to do all of my shopping at the local Mexican grocery store. When I was in high school I lived in Mexico for a year and I loved all of the food there. In Mexico their main meal is mid-day, around 2pm or 3pm. Each meal is usually served with an "agua fresca" a refreshing flavored water made with local fruit. One of my favorites is the hibiscus water or agua de jamaica. It is so pretty and refreshing! It is made from hibiscus flower petals that are dried. 

In the Mexican market I was able to find these dried hisbiscus flower petals in a bulk bin and got a whole bag full of them. It only takes 4 tablespoons of flower petals to make a whole pitcher of iced tea, so these will last quite a while. It was a wonderful adventure buying the week's groceries at this market. I made some amazing discoveries. 

I encourage you to go on a local adventure! Go grocery shopping at a different market and discover some amazing ingredients to play with. I wish you well on your adventures! 

This week here in Oregon it has been very, very hot! In fact, yesterday it hit over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. So, I will certainly be enjoying several glasses of this iced tea today to keep cool. Enjoy! 

Hibiscus Strawberry Iced Tea: 

4 tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers

2 cups boiling water

 

1 cup frozen strawberries, defrosted (keep the juice) 

4 tablespoons maple syrup or to taste

4 cups water

+ pitcher/glasses

1. Place the dried hibiscus flowers in a glass liquid measuring cup. Add the 2 cups boiling water. Let the mixture steep for 5 minutes. 

2. Place a fine mesh metal strainer/sieve over a medium bowl. Pour the hibiscus mixture into the sieve to strain out the flower petals. 

3. Cool the tea mixture down. 

4. When the tea mixture is cool, place it in a glass pitcher. 

5. Add the strawberries, their juice and the maple syrup to taste. 

6. Let sit in the refrigerator until the flavors meld- overnight is best. You will taste more of the strawberry flavor the more you let the iced tea marinate. 

7. Enjoy in glasses poured over ice! 

For more delicious brunch recipes make sure to check out  & purchase my new brunch cookbook: 

Recipes for a Cheery Life: Gluten Free Brunch

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