summer's end and cool ades

On the last of these summer days, why settle for the usual? Fruity concoctions, unlikely mixtures with a splash of the unexpected. here are a few my faves to end our summer sojourn.

Lime Strawberryade 

Makes about 6 cups.

1 lb. fresh strawberries, hulled
juice from 2 limes (about 1/3 cup)
1/3 c. sugar
4 c. water
2 cups Chilled Sparkling Rose (optional)

Add strawberries, lime juice, sugar, and water to a blender and blend until completely pureed and smooth. Pour through a strainer into a large pitcher, pressing the fruit pulp to get as much juice out if it as possible. Skim the foam off the top of the pitcher and discard. Taste the juice and add more lime or sugar to taste if necessary. Cover the pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Stir before serving, then serve over ice, with a slice of lime and a fresh strawberry for garnish.

Limeade Punch

1 (12 ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate.
5-6 crushed mint leaves
1 (2 liter) bottle Sprite.
frozen raspberries or sliced limes for garnish 



Cayenne Simple Syrup -
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you’re adventurous)

The Drink
4 oz grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed if you can – takes about 2 grapefruits)
1 oz cayenne simple syrup
lime wedge



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