Bright moments happen when strawberries, Meyer lemon, vanilla bean and seltzer meet.
I’m a fan of bright moments and stripey straws.
Strawberries were on sale and looking good this week at my local market. Meyer lemons were hanging out in yellow mesh bags…acting affordable. Plus there was sunshine.
This is a serious miracle in the Pacific Northwest where the sun is coy.
Seize that serious, sudden, bright moment!
Fresh vanilla beans bring a calm smoothness to this beverage. Meyer lemon juice brightens and highlights the fruity sweetness of fresh strawberries.
In case you haven’t tried one…Meyer lemons have the crisscrossed taste of mandarin orange and lemon. They are aromatic, sweet, slightly tart and rounder than straightforward lemons. That’s how Meyer lemons roll.
Since we’re seizing the moment we should add some heavy cream to this concoction.
Heavy cream poured into a crisp, fruit-sweet strawberry soda is totally good for truly appreciating a bright moment.
Strawberry Cream Soda. Sparkly, light milkshake.
It’s like you listened to the devil on your devil shoulder just a little bit but you didn’t sell your soul.
Summary: Sparkling strawberry soda with Meyer lemon juice and fresh vanilla bean served with or without luscious heavy cream.
for the strawberry syrup:
- 16 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped into eighths (approx. 2 cups)
- 1/2 cup golden brown sugar
- three inch piece of vanilla bean
- juice freshly squeezed from one Meyer lemon
to make one strawberry soda (syrup recipe above yields enough for four drinks):
- 4 tablespoons strawberry syrup
- 1/2 cup ice
- 3/4 – 1 cup seltzer *start with 3/4 cup then taste and adjust to your liking
- *optional luxury: 2 Tablespoons very cold heavy cream
for the strawberry syrup:
- Place the chopped strawberries in a medium mixing bowl.
- Pour brown sugar on top of the strawberries.
- Add fresh Meyer lemon juice.
- Split the vanilla bean pod in half and scrape the beans into the strawberry, lemon, sugar mixture. Throw the pod halves in too if you like.
- Mix well with a spoon.
- Cover tightly with a lid or wrap. Place in refrigerator for one hour.
- Remove from fridge, Discard vanilla bean pods if you threw them in.
- Puree in a blender or food processor.
- Strain through a fine sieve. Push on this pulpy mixture with the back of a spoon to get all the juices and syrupy parts.
- Discard the pulpy solids you strained out.
- *Note: The strawberry syrup will keep well for a day in the fridge. Best when fresh.
for making sodas:
- Add 1/2 cup of ice to each medium glass (*Note: strawberry syrup recipe above yields enough for four drinks)
- Pour 4 Tablespoons of strawberry syrup over the ice
- Add seltzer. Mix well. Taste.
- *Optional: add heavy cream, stripey straw
- Seize the bright moment!
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Chilling in the fridge: 60 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
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