Setting up a beautiful outside table. Marinating and grilling the perfect ribeye. Adding in summer squash and brown rice. It’s an idyllic kind of evening. So what sends a night from ideal to spectacular?
The beverage, of course.
I consider warm weather the perfect opportunity to test out new recipes..and not just on the stove top! With Boone Hall Farms next door, we frequent the farm stand for fresh blueberries and strawberries to add into our morning smoothies and afternoon lemonade. Here are a few of my favorite spring sips, each one made from local (and seasonal) fruits and fresh cut herbs! (Click on the photo to link directly to the recipe!)
2 large limes, quartered
1/2 bunch mint leaves
7 strawberries, quartered
1 cup white sugar
3 cups carbonated water
Squeeze the lime quarters into a pitcher. Toss the juiced limes into the pitcher along with the mint, strawberries, and sugar. Crush the fruits together with a muddler to release the juices from the strawberries and the oil from the mint leaves. Stir in the club soda until the sugar has dissolved. Pour over ice, and enjoy!
Cucumber & Lemon Water
1 gallon of still water
2 to 3 sliced and deseeded lemons
2 to 3 sliced cucumbers
Mint springs to taste
Combine all ingredients into a pitcher. Refrigerate to chill, and enjoy!
1 very ripe plum
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3-4 springs of fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish
Prepare the rosemary syrup. Crush rosemary gently in your hands to release oils. Mix water, sugar, and whole rosemary sprigs in a medium saucepan, bring just to a boil (sugar should be dissolved). Cool, allowing the rosemary to steep in the simple syrup. Remove rosemary sprigs.
Slice up your plum. (Removing the skin is optional – it’s for aesthetics/texture if left). Muddle several slices of the fruit to a pulp in the bottom of two 8 ounce glasses. Add several ice cubes or 1/2 cup crushed ice. Pour a 1-2 shot glasses of the syrup over the ice (add more to taste). Top with seltzer to the rim of the glass and give a quick stir. Garnish with remaining rosemary!
Do you have a summer sip you adore? Share the recipe in the comment section below, or send it my way to firstname.lastname@example.org. And as always, stay up to date on recipes like these, and much more, on Facebook and email!