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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Why Bother? 2012 - Homemade Sodas Part 2

Today is the first full day of Fall!  I'm so ready for it.  I just bought some fabulous, black ankle boots.  Boyfriend hates them.  I've starting to search the stores for sweaters and picked up a few pairs of tights.  We have even been sleeping with the windows open.  And I've dyed my hair brown.

How are you preparing for Fall?  Bringing those sweaters out of storage?  Heading to Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte?  Baking apples and cinnamon into everything?

Whatever you are doing on this, this first day of fall, I'm here to bring you the second installment of homemade sodas!  This particular flavor would have been more suited for spring and fresh strawberries.  Strawberry cream soda!

To make yourself a strawberry cream soda, you don't need any fancy equipment.  No soda siphon or CO2 cartridges necessary for this recipe.  All you need is a pint of strawberries, vanilla extract, milk and your liquid sweetener of choice.

After blending all of the ingredients together, I wanted to just sit and drink the strawberry puree.  Look how pretty it looks!  So creamy and fragrant. 

Once mixed with seltzer water, this was a mild and sweet beverage.  I would suggest adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream and curling up in your fuzzy slippers.  Happy Fall Everyone!

One Year Ago: Pomegranate Ice Cream
Two Years Ago: Best Banana Bread

Strawberry Cream Soda
Adapted from Homemade Soda

I made my cream soda organic by using organic strawberries and organic agave syrup.  Be sure to pick the most fragrant strawberries you can find at the market.  Save this recipe for the spring and your freshly picked, farm stand berries.  And be sure to pick up a pint of vanilla ice cream to make sodas.

1 pint strawberries
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tbsp agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

Hull strawberries and toss them in the blender.  Add milk, agave syrup and vanilla extract and blend until smooth.  Strain puree through a mesh sieve and store in an airtight container in the fridge.  It's best used immediately, but should be used within 24 hours for best flavor.

To make the soda, pour 1/3 cup strawberry puree into a glass.  Add 1 cup seltzer water and stir until blended.  Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, oh yeah.
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