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May begins a three-, or four-, month line-up of warm weather holidays, events and celebrations. I love all the get-togethers and family times that spring and summer make possible. There’ll be picnics and barbecues and all manner of fun family gatherings. As the weather warms up, it’s always a good idea to have something cool and refreshing for your guests to drink. Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial weekend are just around the corner, so choosing some seasonal inredients to make a unique and delicious beverage means you’ll be in for lots of compliments and recipe requests, plus you’ll save money and get the best flavors because your fresh ingredients are in season.
Mint is a refreshing complement to the acidic zip of limes in the sweet, fruity blend of my Strawberry Mojito Slushes. These are easy to make and enjoyed by both young and old. Since they contain no alcohol, everyone can indulge!
Start by gathering all your ingredients. I love Crisp’s Berry Baskets for gathering fruit on the counter. They come three to a set and are designed to allow me to rinse and strain fruit and berries in them, without having to transfer them to a different container for the fridge. The baskets nest together and are dishwasher-safe.
Use the serarated section of the three-part Crisp Melon Baller to remove the stems from your strawberries. A simple “scooping” motion removes the stem without wasting a huge portion of the berry, the way slicing the tops off does. I also love the Melon Baller for coring tomatoes without any waste! This is a versatile and handy tool!
Zest a lime, using the Crisp Citrus Zester. This handy tool has scoring blade, channel knife, and two zesting blades. The traditional head is mounted on top near the blades and has it’s own cover to protect the blades and to protect fingers reaching into the tool drawer. I like that Crisp thinks of all those things. There is also a fold-out zester that makes quick work of larger zesting jobs.
I forgot to snap a picture, but using my Crisp Straight Paring Knife, I sliced the zested lime in half, so I could squeeze out the juice. I put a LOT of miles on that knife, in my kitchen! It has a handy case to keep the blade (and fingers) protected while the knife is in the drawer, plus the case has a built-in sharpener.
Once the strawberry stems have been removed and the lime is prepped, it’s as easy as tossing all your slush ingredients into the food processor or blender.
Once your frozen fruit slush is well blended, add a scoop or two to a sugar-rimmed glass and then pour club soda or lemon-lime soda over the top and give it a gentle stir for a sweet and refreshing, sparkling Strawberry Mojito Slush. To sugar the rims of the glasses, I rubbed lime around the top edges and then dipped them in sugar.
Do you have a favorite quick and easy summertime beverage recipe you make for family and friends? I’d love to hear about it! Share it in a comment below.
- 1 lb. fresh strawberries
- 1 cup sugar
- juice of 3 limes
- zest of 1 lime
- 5 sprigs fresh mint, use leaves only
- 1 Tablespoon rum extract
- 4 cups ice cubes
- 2 liters lemon lime soda
- Remove stems from strawberries and add to bowl of food processor or blender pitcher.
- Zest one lemon and add zest to bowl of food processor.
- Squeeze the juice from all three limes into food processor.
- Remove the mint leaves from the stems and add them to the food processor.
- Add rum extract and sugar to food processor.
- Finally add the ice cubes to your food processor. (If you don't have room for all of them, at first, process what will fit and then add the rest of the cubes and continue blending.
- I blended everything on high to get a consistent mixture of frozen, slushy, fruit.
- You could serve immendiately, but the flavor is greatly enhanced by pouring your slush into a container with a lid and allowing it to sit in the freezer for a couple of hours.
- I used an ice cream scoop to scoop the frozen slush into glasses (one or two scoops, depending on the size).
- Pour soda over the scoops of slush and gently stir to create a beautiful slushy beverage. Garnish with lime twists and/or mint leaves, if desired.