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A Sour Bomb!

Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 07:06 PM

Today was one of those days where it finally felt like summer.  Rather than out enjoying our pool, I was unfortunately running around like a crazy person all day.  That being said I still knew a refreshing beverage was in order after a long day, and what a better week to test a simple drink recipe, than when Adam is out of town.  While I would have much preferred a tall Blue Moon…I have to wait a few more months for that…I decided to test out a non-alcoholic recipe of Claire Robinson’s that caught my interest.  What I love so much about Robinson’s recipes are their simplicity, I mean with a show like “5 Ingredient Fix,” it is hard not to be drawn to recipes that are so simple.

Strawberry Lemonade

Recipe courtesy Claire Robinson, 2010

Prep Time:
2 min
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Cook Time:
Level:
Easy
Serves:
2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups seltzer
  • Ice

Directions

In a tall glass or shaker, combine the strawberries, syrup and mint leaves. Mash with a muddler or a ladle. Add the lemon juice and seltzer and pour over ice-filled glasses. Serve immediately.

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So after I was able to take a moment to breathe, I was quickly able to assemble a batch of this lemonade to accompany my equally summery satisfying dinner of a hot dog (A pregnant girl’s gotta do, what a pregnant girl’s gotta do!)

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TASTE: Believe me, I had such high hopes for this drink, I thought it would be my refreshing answer to a hot summer and with the addition of mint be a similar alternative to my favorite mojitos.  Unfortunately, this just did not do it for me…I think it was the lemon juice.  I literally looked over the recipe 10 times after I put together my batch to see if I had the ratio wrong, but since I didn’t I just couldn’t get past just how tart this was.  Now I LOVE tart, but this was too tart and really didn’t have a good alternative flavor besides the punch of lemon.

EASE OF PREPARATION: This recipe is simple, just put a few ingredients in a glass, muddle, and pour over ice.  With how easy this was to make, it made it all the more disappointing that it didn’t taste good.

COST: Now I happened to have all of the ingredients, but the mint on hand currently, so the cost for me was very minimal, but even if you had to pick up the other ingredients, this is a very cost effective recipe.

COMPLEXITY: As I mentioned above, not complex at all, which makes me want to figure out a better tasting option that is just as easy.

PORTION SIZE: The recipe makes 2 large glasses of lemonade, so perfect for you and a friend, or I could easily see being able to make a large batch quite easily for a crowd, just up the ingredients.

I just was so sad when I took a sip of this and realized there was no way I could be able to drink it.  Now, I’m not sure if it is something I did wrong, my pregnancy taste buds, or I just did not like the ratio of ingredients, but I will not be making this again unless I can tweak it to make it sweeter.  I still love Claire and her recipes, this just didn’t hit home for me.  So if anyone has an alternative I would love to hear it, because I am still on the lookout for a fun pregnancy mocktail!

So this post isn’t a total downer, I do hope you take glance back at a recipe I featured awhile back that I am going to be whipping up for a work barbecue tomorrow.  This green bean salad is a constant fave and would be a great addition to your summer get togethers, and do feel free to try this Strawberry Lemonade, just know that I am giving it a measly 1 Little Piggy.

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