Last week I bought some beautiful, fresh strawberries to make a strawberry cake from one of my favorite blogs, TasteFood. I served the cake along with some freshly whipped cream at a party that I hosted for the female doctors in my department, and it was a huge hit!
|Simple Strawberry Cake (recipe from TasteFood)|
The idea for my Strawberry Pineapple Lemonade came about when I was trying to figure out what to do with the leftover strawberries. Inspired by the beautiful warm, summery weather that we had in New York City this weekend, I decided to make a pitcher of fresh lemonade. Lemonade with strawberries? Yes! And why stop there- I also had some ripe pineapple that I decided to throw into the mix. Homemade lemonade is a great canvas to add lots of interesting ingredients including fresh fruits and herbs. All you have to do is combine your favorite seasonal ingredients in a pitcher, mash them together with a sweetener and then stir in fresh lemon juice and water.The best tool to use is a muddler, a wooden bartender’s tool used to mash or muddle fruits and herbs together in the bottom of a glass to release their flavors. If you’ve ever ordered a mojito, you’ve probably seen one being used to muddle the mint leaves. If you don’t have a muddler, you can use the handle of a wooden spoon or anything with a flat surface. To sweeten the naturally tart lemonade, I use honey but you can use simple syrup or any type of sweetener that you like.
But don’t limit yourself to strawberries and pineapple- there are an endless variety of flavor combinations you can try out to create your own perfect lemonade. Need some ideas? Here are just a few suggestions:
- Strawberry, watermelon and mint
- Blackberry habanero
- Cucumber basil
- Peach mango
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- 1 cup chopped pineapple
- 1/3 cup honey or sweetener of your choice
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 cups cold water
Place the strawberries, pineapple and honey in a pitcher. Mash them together using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon. Add the lemon juice and water and stir to combine. Serve lemonade over ice.