This time of year is perfect for sharing a special treat with your Valentine and why not make it with the heart shaped fruit; The Strawberry?! These little gems make the best Strawberry Basil Spritzer and can be enjoyed any time of day!
Did you know it only takes 8 medium strawberries to equal your daily requirement of vitamin C? Yep! And lucky for us, Florida strawberries are now in season. It makes me want to be in Florida right now…because nothing tastes better than a fresh picked strawberry. How do I know this?
When we moved into our upstate NY home many years ago, the previous owner had a small garden off the side of the deck full of cherry tomatoes plants and weeds. To say it was neglected is an understatement. So, I decided to pull everything out and start from scratch. The kids were smaller then, and they voted to have a strawberry patch. I never had luck with these little nutritious nuggets in planters, so I thought, why not? I grabbed 12 plants from the nursery up the road and planted them in the ground. When the following June arrived, we were blessed with huge, beautiful berries…so many in fact, we had a hard time keeping up with them!
We used strawberries in everything; salads, desserts, whip creams and frostings; but we really enjoyed making strawberry lemonade and another favorite, strawberry basil spritzers. They are non-alcoholic, so the kids loved their “Fancy Drinks” as they used to call them. I think they also liked that I would spruce up their glasses with an added strawberry and fresh basil leaves for garnish and sometimes a little drink umbrella.
Want to give this a try? Great! Start with cleaned and hulled berries, pulsed in a blender. Strain out the juice (reserve the pulp for later use!) and cook on the stove with sugar, lemon and fresh basil leaves. Strain out the solids and place in a jar to cool.
This makes your strawberry syrup, which can be saved in an airtight jar for up to one week.
In a glass, mix some of your delicious strawberry syrup, sparkling water, and minced basil leaves. Stir and enjoy!
Super easy and SUPER DELISH!
I especially love to serve this during a brunch or to sip on the back patio with a good book.
It’s easy to add flavor and nutrition to your favorite dishes with Fresh from Florida Strawberries. For more Florida Strawberry Recipes visit StrawberrySue.com and pay a visit to their social channels.
Here is the recipe for you to print:
- 1 pound Florida strawberries, trimmed
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves
- 1 cup sugar
- Carbonated water
- Juice strawberries with a blender, by adding berries and pulsing until smooth. Strain liquid through a sieve, pushing juice through with a spatula. This can be accomplished by pressing and stirring. Keep remaining pulp and set aside for separate use.
- Pour strawberry juice into liquid measuring cup. Add water to reach 1 cup if needed.
- Pour into small saucepan with sugar, lemon juice and basil leaves.
- Heat over medium heat until boiling; turn heat down to simmer and continue to cook 5 minutes stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Strain syrup through sieve into clean container or mason jar to remove solids.
- To serve: Spoon 2 Tbsp of strawberry syrup into 8 ounce glass, top with carbonated sparkling water (Pellegrino), and stir. Taste and add more syrup if desired. Top with minced basil.
- Syrup can be refrigerated for up to one week.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 266Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 3gSugar: 63gProtein: 1g
Enjoy this Nutritious Strawberry Basil Spritzer with your Valentine Sweetie…or try one of these scrumptious recipes listed below!
- Sparkling Strawberry Sangria from Family Foodie
- Strawberry-Basil Spritzer from Eat Picks
- Strawberry and Cream Smoothie from Flour On My Face
- Frozen Strawberry Lemonade from Love and Confections
- Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake from Ruffles & Truffles
- Skillet Baked Strawberry Oatmeal from Grumpy's Honeybunch
- Strawberry Banana Hazelnut Crepes from The Crumby Cupcake
- Strawberry Coffee Cake with Greek Yogurt from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Sweetheart Strawberry Scones from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Basil, Brie and Strawberry Salad from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chef Salad with Strawberry Croutons from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Herbed Strawberry Salad from Magnolia Days
- Strawberry Waldorf Salad from Food Done Light
- Balsamic Strawberry Walnut Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil from Soni's Food
- Mahi Mahi with Strawberry Sauce from Cooking Chat
- Strawberry Mole Chicken from Curious Cuisiniere
- Dark Chocolate Strawberry Parfaits from Daily Dish Recipes
- Flourless Almond Cake with Strawberries and Coconut Cream from Casa de Crews
- Strawberry Cannoli from Palatable Pastime
- Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake from Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Plus: Nutritious Fresh Strawberry Recipes plus Strawberry Almond Milk from Sunday Supper Movement