Thursday, July 12, 2012

0 Strawberry-Kiwi Fizz

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Made this last Sunday and drank it with a friend while we were cooling off at the pool in 102°F weather with 60% humidity (!). My friend loved it! She brought the watermelon and I brought the refreshments. :) Both really hit the spot!

Please note, this drink is similar in concept to a sangria. If you wish to consume the fruit in this drink, either use a pitcher with a wide spout so that the fruit pours into the drink or better still, transfer the fruit from the pitcher to the beverage glasses and then use a pitcher with a narrow spout to pour the liquids to avoid a big splash. ;) If you only wish to drink only the liquid essence of this drink's ingredients, then use the same type of pitcher but of course strain only the liquid into the glasses. You can always drink the liquids and then consume the solid fruits separately. I personally prefer eating the fruit in this drink for its fiber and other nutritional benefits. :)

Strawberry-Kiwi Fizz

1 liter bottle seltzer water
1 c. strawberries, well-rinsed, hulled, and sliced
1 c. kiwis, ends removed, peeled, and sliced into 1/4”-thick rounds
1 c. limes, sliced crosswise into thin (1/4") rounds (about 2 1/2 large limes)
1/8 c. (2 Tbsp.) mint, finely minced
1/2 c. honey, or to taste
2 c. ice cubes

Directions: Add mint and limes to a glass pitcher. Mull these ingredients by pressing them against the sides of the pitcher with a spoon. Add all other ingredients, solid ingredients first followed by liquid ones, to pitcher and stir until well-blended or until honey has dissolved. Add ice cubes immediately before serving. Serve and enjoy!

Yield: 78.8 fl. oz., or about 1 large glass pitcher.

Chef's Notes: Open seltzer water bottle very slowly and carefully, as it's a carbonated beverage and will explode if opened too quickly! Also, don’t let this drink sit for too long or the mint in it will turn bitter.

This drink is the perfect thing to serve for summer parties on the back deck patio. Instead of traditional cocktails, serve a pitcher of strawberry-kiwi fizz, and then if you like, spike it with a bit of vodka or gin. Now you're all set for some summertime fun!

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