Tropical Orange Strawberry Spritzer is one gorgeous looking & tasting non alcoholic party drink! Packed with vitamin C, this will make you forget the soda!
Last weekend I had the most amazing experience of going to a local Strawberry Farm and handpick some fresh strawberries! I have lived in Florida for nearly six years now but I kicked myself hard for not having done this earlier! Seriously! It was such a rewarding experience that I made a promise to myself that I will go for all possible local picking events not just to help the local farmers but also for the overall experience. There is an unexplained pleasure in eating fruits and vegetables that you have handpicked. The feeling is even more when you have grown them in your backyard. But I still have some time for that to happen. Meanwhile, I can at-least visit more such farms and pick some strawberries, blueberries, lemons, oranges or any other fruit/vegetable being grown here.
Actually, some of my friends were taking their kids for this activity and I just decided to join them impromptu. Thankfully the Florida weather cooperated with us and gave us a brisk sunny morning! Having never done strawberry picking before, I thought they grew on trees and all the while was wondering how on earth are we going to pluck them. On reaching the farm, I was delighted to see that strawberry plants are like shrubs. Later I got to know that they are classified as a Forb. Forb plants are ones that don’t have significant amounts of woody tissue above the ground but are still vascular. Their lack of woody tissue causes them to be relatively short (their stems will not thicken and stiffen to support tall growth like non-forb/herb plants will). Interesting fact!
I was as excited as my friend’s kids and we all eagerly marched towards the farm with cartons in our hand. Jut the sight of bright red strawberries hanging on the plant got me excited. Pretty soon all of us had filled our cartons with some insane amounts of berries but no one was complaining. All my girlfriends joked that we have so many strawberries now that it looks like that is what we will be cooking for the next few weeks! But seriously, I had not seen such strawberries before! What I really liked about these farm fruit apart from the fact that they were super-duper cheap was, they were sweeter, juicier and huge in comparison to the ones available at the grocery stores. Even the color looked perfect! I am going Orange picking next! Just one tip – Please wash these fruits thoroughly in warm running water to ward off all the pesticides and dirt!
I was all excited when I got home and was showing off the produce to KR. But there were also many thoughts running on my mind as to how to use these delicious strawberries in my kitchen. I even asked my Insta family for suggestions on my story and here are some of the suggestions that I got – Strawberry Ice Cream, Strawberry Cheesecake, Strawberry Salsa, Strawberry Smoothie and even a Strawberry Rasam! I had never heard of Strawberry Rasam and now I am definitely intrigued to know more on that. Since I went overboard and had got a couple of pounds of these berries, I am sure I can try each of these recipes in my kitchen using them. I have frozen a big carton for now till I decide what to make next. For now it was time to test a small batch of my most tried & tested fruit juice!
Tropical Orange Strawberry Spritzer! I have making and enjoying this drink for some years now. I have served this to my guests and always end up getting loads of compliments for it! First, its visually appealing, second, its super refreshing and delicious to taste and third, it’s an easy to make non alcoholic drink that requires just 3 ingredients! I plan on making these for our Holi Party this year as my theme this year is going to be colorful foods to match the festival of colors. I will share all the fun on my Insta story so be sure that you are following me by now. Now let me show you how to make this thirst quenching Tropical Orange Strawberry Spritzer! Add crushed ice and chopped strawberries in a blender and blitz to make a puree. You can add honey/maple syrup as well to make it more sweet.
You may or may not strain this. Add crushed ice in a serving glass and pour the strawberry puree in it. Wash the blender and then add crushed ice and oranges in it. Add a little water and blitz to make orange juice. Strain and then pour it into the glasses. Step back and take a moment to admire the blending of the two juices. It’s totally worth it! Your Tropical Orange Strawberry Spritzer is ready! Serve chilled. You will not miss your soda when you have this! Definitely worth pinning this post and trying this drink or fruit juice for your next house party! It’s kid friendly with no added sugar and full of vitamins. If you do try this recipe, please do share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. This will keep me motivated to develop more interesting recipes. Click a pic and post it with the hashtag #cookiliciousveg . I would love to see your pictures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- 4 – 6 strawberries
- 1 tsp honey/maple syrup optional
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- 2 oranges
- crushed ice for serving
- Add crushed ice and chopped strawberries in a blender and blitz to make a puree. You can add honey/maple syrup as well to make it more sweet. You may or may not strain this. Add crushed ice in a serving glass and pour the strawberry puree in it.
- Wash the blender and then add crushed ice and oranges in it. Add a little water and blitz to make orange juice. Strain and then pour it into the glasses. Step back and take a moment to admire the blending of the two juices. It’s totally worth it! Your Tropical Orange Strawberry Spritzer is ready! Serve chilled.
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