Spring is here! Okay, so maybe some of us are still buried under snow, but regardless of the temp outside everyone is definitely ready for spring weather and flavors. With Easter just around the corner and seasonal brunches to be hosted, a good recipe for a refreshing drink that serves a crowd is a must.
Enter the Strawberry Mint Fizz. I’ll admit, I wondered at first about the combination of strawberry and mint, but now that I’ve had it, I can’t get enough! This drink is made with strawberry puree and a cucumber-mint infused simple syrup that gives the drink a subtle mint flavor that pairs beautifully with the brightness of cucumber. And, of course, the fizz. The fizz brings all the flavors together in a light, refreshing drink that practically screams sunny weather.
This drink can easily be made for a crowd, and is sure to keep kids and parents happy. Cheers to spring!
Strawberry Mint Fizz
Makes: 6-10 servings (about 72 ounces)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 bunch fresh mint, leaves removed from stems (save stems)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 cucumber, half sliced, half grated (no need to peel)
- 1 16-ounce package fresh strawberries, rinsed with stems and leaves removed
- 1.25 liters seltzer/sparkling water
- 10 ounces vodka (optional)
- To make cucumber-mint simple syrup, in a small saucepan add sugar, mint stems, and 1 cup of the water and mix. Bring to a boil, stirring regularly, and cook until sugar is dissolved. Once water is boiling the sugar will dissolve within minutes.
- Remove from heat and add grated cucumber to the pot. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
- While simple syrup is resting, make the strawberry puree. Put 1/2 cup water and strawberries in a blender. Blend on high until liquefied (I used the “whole juice” setting on my blender).
- Mix together the cucumber-mint simple syrup, strawberry puree, and seltzer/sparkling water in a large pitcher.
- Add a generous amount of ice, along with half of the mint leaves and the sliced cucumbers.
To give this drink a grown-up punch, add 10 ounces vodka (or 1 ounce — 2 tablespoons — per 7 ounces of Strawberry Mint Fizz). Bottoms up!More On