Fun Strawberry Lemonade Mocktail Recipe

 

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far! My name is Lauren Pickens and I’m so excited to be posting my second guest blog here on The HighChair Chic. You can read my first post here, which is a Healthy Eating Essentials post. You can also visit my website, where I discuss pop culture, lifestyle, and much more!

Today I will be sharing a recipe for a strawberry lemonade mocktail. It’s super easy and a drink that you can enjoy with the whole family.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of water


Lemon juice

Plain seltzer water

Ice cubes

The first half of the ingredients will be used to make your strawberry simple syrup. Simple syrups are used in cocktails and other drinks to give a powerful burst of flavor. Instead of using store bought syrups that are full of preservatives and chemicals, we’re going to make our own!

Put the strawberries, water, and sugar into a medium sized pot and bring your ingredients to a boil.

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Next let it simmer for around 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once you strawberries are falling apart take it off of the heat. If you are using frozen strawberries it will take about 25 minutes.

Using a strainer filter out the bits of strawberry skin and put your syrup into a bowl so that it can cool.

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Now your simple syrup is done! All that’s left to do is to put it in the refrigerator to cool until it is completely chilled. For me this was a few hours.

Once the syrup is done cooling you can mix your drinks. You can change the portions depending on how sweet/sour you want your drink.

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In each of my cups I put about 4, cubes of ice, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of strawberry syrup, and filled the rest of the glass up with seltzer to balance out the flavors.

Once you have added the ingredients use a straw or spoon to stir it and enjoy!

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This would be perfect for a holiday party or family night when you want to do something a little special!

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A Tasty Treat

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I must admit, I have an obsession with “ABC’s The Chew.” I don’t always catch it when it comes on, but when I do I usually see something new that I have to try! During today’s episode, Clinton (from “What Not to Wear”) shared his Holiday Toffee Recipe. Not only did it look amazing, the ingredients are simple and the directions are even easier. 

All you need is: 

  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup chopped Topping (i.e. toasted Hazelnuts; White Chocolate; Candy Canes; Sea Salt)
  • 24 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate (chopped)

Start by lining a large rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.  Then combine butter, sugar, water and salt in a medium-sized saucepan. Whisk until smooth, simmer caramel mixture until a candy thermometer reaches 300F. Immediately remove from heat and stir in vanilla to combine. Pour directly onto prepared pan and spread into an even thin layer with a spatula. Let toffee cool completely.

Next, melt chocolate over a double boiler (I usually just use the microwave). Pour half of the chocolate over the cooled toffee.  Place the pan in a refrigerator and let cool until the chocolate has set. Then, carefully flip over so that the toffee side of the bark is facing up. Pour the rest of the chocolate evenly over the toffee and then sprinkle with the chopped topping over the chocolate. Let cool until chocolate has completely set. Afterwards, use a spoon to break the toffee into small pieces.

Aside from the fact it includes chocolate, the thing I love about this recipe is it’s something the kids can help with. The kids will feel like a big help as they measure out all of the ingredients, sprinkle on the toppings, and break up the toffee. Feel free to get creative with this treat by adding a few pieces into your ice cream or let the little ones pick the toppings for the next batch…Enjoy!