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Verjuice Strawberry Spritzer

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Introduction

Here is a recipe - courtesy of Australian Gourmet Traveller Dec06 - to use up the Maggie Beer inspired (more-so if you're an Australian foodie I guess) verjuice purchase. I've had most of a 750ml bottle lurking in my fridge for the last 12 months so was overjoyed to see this in the Christmas edition. I don't think it matters which you use, but it is fantastic. It is non-alcoholic, but could easily be spruced up a little with some judicious juggling of the main ingredients. But why post it here? This fairy pink drink is absolutely perfect with the Strawberry Strusel Cake that Nigella contributed to delicious. magazine (Australian edition) in Sep06. And, speaking of which, this is where you should use the mashed strawberry solids from the recipe below (which, in a moment of kitchen heresey (sp?), the original recipe said to 'discard'). It takes nothing away from the devine cake to have pre-crushed the strawberries before you whizz them up, and this drink is stunning with the cake.

Here is a recipe - courtesy of Australian Gourmet Traveller Dec06 - to use up the Maggie Beer inspired (more-so if you're an Australian foodie I guess) verjuice purchase. I've had most of a 750ml bottle lurking in my fridge for the last 12 months so was overjoyed to see this in the Christmas edition. I don't think it matters which you use, but it is fantastic. It is non-alcoholic, but could easily be spruced up a little with some judicious juggling of the main ingredients. But why post it here? This fairy pink drink is absolutely perfect with the Strawberry Strusel Cake that Nigella contributed to delicious. magazine (Australian edition) in Sep06. And, speaking of which, this is where you should use the mashed strawberry solids from the recipe below (which, in a moment of kitchen heresey (sp?), the original recipe said to 'discard'). It takes nothing away from the devine cake to have pre-crushed the strawberries before you whizz them up, and this drink is stunning with the cake.

Ingredients

Serves: 2-4

Metric Cups
  • 250 grams strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar (I like unrefined - it adds extra depth)
  • 500 millilitres verjuice
  • 1½ litres sparkling mineral water
  • ice cube (to serve)
  • 9 ounces strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar (I like unrefined - it adds extra depth)
  • 17½ fluid ounce verjuice
  • 2⅝ pints sparkling mineral water
  • ice cube (to serve)

Method

Verjuice Strawberry Spritzer is a community recipe submitted by kgw and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Combine strawberries, sugar (or sugar syrup slurry - see below) in a bowl, and crush strawberries to release juice using a potato masher (hand held job, not a ricer).The original recipe said use a fork, and I have to tell you, it was too much like hard work.
  • Strain mixture into a tall jug (do not discard the leftover strawberry solids - see above!) and top up with mineral water.
  • Serve over ice immediately (otherwise it does tend to settle bit and loose its amazing pink-ness). Re; sugar syrup slurry - the original recipe said icing sugar, and it was great (although I used only half, which is the proportion I've included above, and it was sweet enough for my savoury tooth) but I think next time I will dissolve some unrefined cane sugar cubes into the verjuice first to add some extra depth.
  • Combine strawberries, sugar (or sugar syrup slurry - see below) in a bowl, and crush strawberries to release juice using a potato masher (hand held job, not a ricer).The original recipe said use a fork, and I have to tell you, it was too much like hard work.
  • Strain mixture into a tall jug (do not discard the leftover strawberry solids - see above!) and top up with mineral water.
  • Serve over ice immediately (otherwise it does tend to settle bit and loose its amazing pink-ness). Re; sugar syrup slurry - the original recipe said confectioners' sugar, and it was great (although I used only half, which is the proportion I've included above, and it was sweet enough for my savoury tooth) but I think next time I will dissolve some unrefined cane sugar cubes into the verjuice first to add some extra depth.
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