NOTES FROM ONE CRAZY LIFE OF JUGGLING WHACKADOO FAMILY STUFF WHILE WRITING, EDITING, CRAFTING, WRITING POETRY, DABBLING IN ART, AND REVISING. OH, AND PUBLISHING ROSE & THORN JOURNAL. FOOLISHNESS AND MAYHEM IS SURE TO ENSUE.
WE'LL SHARE SOME LAUGHS AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT, THEN DISH UP SOMETHING YUMMY FROM THE KITCHEN.
LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULLER!
GUMBO WRITER (ANGIE LEDBETTER)
Almost that time of year down here in the south when we need all the refreshing drinks and heat-slayers we can get our hands on. Hope you get a chance to enjoy this delicious drink while you're outside relaxing around the pool, puttering in the garden, reading in your hammock, or otherwise doing something nice outdoors.
1 1/2 c sugar (or sweetener to taste) 1 c coarsely chopped stemmed and washed strawberries 2 c water Zest of 2 lemons and 2 c fresh squeezed juice
2 1/2 c cold water Lemon slices or slit berries and/or mint sprigs for garnish
Mix sugar and strawberries with 2 c water in a med saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
Reduce heat to low and simmer until berries soften slightly, about 3 minutes, Stir in the lemon zest and let cool completely. (Berries will continue to soften and lose their color as the syrup cools off.)
Strain syrup through a fine sieve set over a pitcher or bowl, pressing hard on berries to extract as much syrup as possible. Discard the solids. Add the fresh lemon juice and 2 1/2 c cold water to the syrup mixture and stir well to blend. Garnish and serve. (Can be refrigerated for 2 days.)
*Can be blended and served in a sugar-rimmed margarita glass.
*You can add a shot of Vodka for an "adult beverage."