Sunday, June 17, 2012

Recipe Category: Dessert/Drink: Sparkling Strawberry Float: Created by Missy Lapine

The sweet sorbet in the float compliments the sparkling water and cranberry juice well! The seltzer gives this refreshing drink a surprising sparkle to it. This float is an excellent chiller by the pool on a hot summer day, as well as fun birthday parties or even Valentines Day. Missy recommends that you serve this treat in plastic champagne glasses for added eye appeal which will entice kids to slurp down every last drop of this fabulous, fantastic float!

*Below is the Strawberry Puree (optional) along with the recipe itself. You can locate the entire extent of this recipe in Sneaky Fitness by Missy Lapine and Larysa Didio in the Desserts and Treats section. Pictures are featured below the recipe.

Strawberry Puree:

Supplies You Will Need: (To make about 1 cup of puree)
2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 to 2 tablespoons water

Combine strawberries, lemon juice, and one tablespoon of water in a food process, pureeing on high until very smooth. If necessary, you can use another tablespoon of water to smooth out the puree. This puree will store in the refrigerator for up to three days, and in the freezer stored in small portions.

*Remember that for this puree, and any puree for that matter, turns out better with as less water used as possible.

Sparkling Strawberry Float

Supplies You Will Need: (To make roughly 4 to 6 glassfuls)
1 1/2 cups either frozen strawberries or strawberry puree which you made earlier
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice, divided
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 cups sparkling water, divided
Optional Garnishes: fresh strawberries, straws, drink umbrellas

Pulse the frozen strawberries/strawberry puree, 1/2 cup cranberry juice, sugar, and lemon juice in a food processor and process on high until smooth. For a better "sorbet" result, place the sorbet into a bowl, cover, and freeze for at least an hour, or until ready to serve. Once ready to serve, pour 1 cup seltzer, 1/4 cranberry juice, and 1/4 cup sorbet into a (PLASTIC! :) champagne glass. If desired, decorate with any optional garnishes. 

I hope you enjoy this magnificent drink by Missy Lapine! You can find this recipe and lots of other awesome recipes in the book series! The series is sold on Amazon, Ebay, and local bookstores everywhere! Make sure to check them out! There are several pictures below displaying the steps to this recipe!
Feel free to comment with any questions, comments, tips, results, and more!
Grace Gilbert

The ingredients for the sorbet...

The sorbet is processed...

The ingredients for the drink...

The finished float!

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