Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Simple Strawberry Spritzer (alcoholic adaptable)

This may not be a "traditional" spritzer, per se, but that is the name I am sticking with because it makes a lovely alliteration, and I am one of those crazy ladies who likes to sit and think about alliterations.

Yep I'm one of thooooooose people...

You should run while you can.

But WAIT!

Before you go, let me tell you about my spritzer.

And maybe I'll give you a reason to stay.

Or a thousand more reasons to run. I'm hoping for the former. Humor me ok?

So, in my house at all times here are the drinks at hand: water (duh), orange juice, milk (for Matt's coffee), tea bags, coffee, Gatorade, diet coke and sprite (and we won't talk about the alcohol problem I have. Ahem, 4 bottles of wine, 3/4 gone vodka, plus other random bottles of hard liquor. Ahem!)

I was going somewhere with that, but now all I can think about is having a glass of wine!

Oh, right! I know I need to be better with kicking my soda drinking habit, but sometimes a girl just wants something to drink other than water!

I have been trying to be better about it with putting lemon in my water, which definitely helps! But last week, I just needed a soda. And I wasn't feelin' a diet coke, and definitely not a plain sprite (sprite is more for Matt, not me).

Enter Strawberry Spritzer!



With just FOUR ingredients (including the ice!), this is the simplest spritzer recipe!

The hardest step is pulverizing the strawberries with the food processor (or blender, or potato masher, or whatever you have on hand).

And you have a summery drink that even the kids will love.

And the best part is that you can make a kid friendly version, and then you can make another version with champagne, vodka, or other alcoholic drink that fulfills your heart's desires.

Blended strawberries, lemon juice, sprite and ice is all you need for this one. And you can blend/break up the strawberries until they are as liquefied or chunky as you like.

Then, of course, add alcohol of choice if desired to make an adult friendly version.

I give you permission :)

Just don't mix up the kid and adult versions. That would be a bad idea.

So if you are having a BBQ this summer, make sure to invite me make this Simple Strawberry Spritzer in both kid and adult friendly versions!

Simple Strawberry Spritzer (adaptable to be alcoholic - see notes below) | Printable Recipe
makes 2 spritzers

ingredients:
  • 1 (12oz) can of Sprite, or Diet Sprite
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped strawberries, plus extra for garnishing
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • ice
directions:
  1. Place chopped strawberries (with stems removed) and the lemon juice into the bowl of a food processor, blender, or any other mashing tools you have, and blend on high until strawberries are at the desired consistency. The longer you pulse, the more liquefied it will get.
  2. Place ice in two 8 oz cups
  3. Divide the strawberry-lemon mixture among the two cups, and pour sprite over the strawberries.
  4. Use a straw to stir together, and garnish with extra strawberries, if desired.
NOTES:
  • You could use a potato masher, or fork to mash the strawberries, but the strawberries will be much chunkier.
  • You could replace some or all of the sprite with champagne or sparkling wine to make an adult version
  • You could add 1oz vodka or other hard alcohol of choice to make a adult version.
Carla's Confections original

Looking for more summer BBQ recipes? Look no further!

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza


Apple and Berry Sparkler


Creamy Artichoke Dip


Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Chipotle Coleslaw


Homemade Ranch Dressing





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11 comments :

  1. Oh how I adore this. It looks SOOOO good!!! And I can even have it while pregnant! :)

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  2. I love how simple, yet delicious, this recipe is :)

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  3. What a fun, refreshing drink, and just in time for spring/summer!

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  4. The alcohol should be mandatory lol Let's be sure there is some in every drink in a few weeks mk? ;)

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  5. Gorgeous! I love this - I really wish I had some strawberries on hand right now! xxx

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  6. What a great, refreshing drink! Perfect for barbecues!

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  7. When I crave soda, I try to reach for a spritzer! This is wonderful Carla. And oh-so-pretty! Drinking something pink is just more fun, right?!

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  8. This sounds so perfect right now! It's sunny and warm out and I'm working on the porch - need a strawberry spritzer by my side!

    xo Jackie

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  9. This is a perfect way to use up all the strawberries we bought this morning! LOVE it.

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  10. I didn't even know what a spritzer was until now. Sounds and looks great! And I love that font, too. :)

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  11. Oh how I adore this. It looks SOOOO good!

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