Monday, May 24, 2010

Strawberry Punch

For my dinner party, I wanted to serve a simple, refreshing beverage that would go along with, but certainly not detract from, the meal itself. Stawberries are perfect for the summer, and I love anything with strawberries in it. In fact, I make myself a strawberry smoothie for breakfast most days of the week. And so, so I devised this recipe for strawberry punch.

Strawberry Punch:

2 cups strawberry puree
1 32 oz. bottle Italian sparkling lime water
1 16 oz. bottle Tazo Lemon-Ginger tea
1 batch simple syrup,cooled, recipe below

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, mix well, and chill before serving.

Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Bring sugar-water mixture to a boil, and let it simmer on medium heat for about five minutes, until the sugar completely dissolves and the mixture thickens up. Let cool before mixing with punch. Simple syrup can be used to create just about any beverage that strikes your fancy. It can also be used to soak cakes to makes them sweeter and more moist. You can also infuse simple syrup with various flavors, such as vanilla, mint or a flavored liqueur. So get creative!

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