Independence Day is around the corner. The day where the United States of America commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, also known as the Fourth of July. This is a special time for our country where we we can all celebrate our independence together, as we all live in this great country. With that said, celebration and remembrance is important this holiday, so why not celebrate by a few spirits? Here are a few of note, that I enjoy, that would help you kick off any event you find yourself at this weekend.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine trimmed strawberries, sugar and water. Bring just to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Once the strawberry mixture is cooled, press the mixture, a little at a time, through a mesh sieve placed over a bowl, pressing down on the strawberries to extract as much syrup as possible (you should have about 3 cups of syrup). Discard the solids.
In a 2-quart pitcher, stir together the syrup and wine. Cover and chill up to 24 hours. Just before serving, stir in the sparkling water. Garnish with sliced strawberries as desired.
Sparkling Lavender Lemonade
Recipe attribution to Mountainside Bride; Photo attribution to Sunday Suppers
1 gallon water (plain or sparkling)
3 cups sugar
7 springs of lavender
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup of fresh lime juice (to add some character)
Boil water and remove from heat. Add ingredients and stir until sugar is dissolved. Let cool to room temperature. Strain and chill. Add Lavender to garnish.
receipe & photo attribution to The Novice Chef Blog
1 cup fresh blueberries, plus extra for garnish
4 oz clear rum
10 fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons sugar
juice of 2 limes
6 oz club soda
In a food processor or blender, puree blueberries until smooth. Set aside.
Add mint leaves and sugar to a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon) to muddle the mint and sugar. Add the lime juice, rum and pureed blueberries: shake vigorously.
Pour ice and club soda into two tall glasses and then pour in rum mixture. Gently stir. Garnish with a lime wedge, extra blueberries and a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.