Thursday, March 28, 2013

An Easter Mocktail - Bunny's Helper

Easter is on Sunday, y'all. 

And if you've got family in a 300 mile radius - you're probably gonna be hanging out with them. 

Which means a big meal, lots of chatting, and at least 7 pounds of chocolate. 

Per person. 

Hee hee hee. 

And what do we drink on this festive occasion? Typically something in the beer/wine/soda category. You have to worry about stocking the merlot for Uncle Bob, Mom only drinks chilled chardonnay, and what was that local beer that your cousin John was going on and on about at Christmas? Don't forget your 10 year old twin nephews. They need their cola fix.

I have a solution - a special Easter drink. One that will impress everyone, including the under-21 set. 

And it's super easy to make by the pitcher or the glass. Triumph! 

Start with super ripe strawberries. The ones that look like they're about to start molding if you look at them funny. 

Toss them in a blender with a handful of mint leaves and a tablespoon of sugar. 

Blitz!! Once you've got it all chopped up (hint, do this on Saturday) jar it up and slide it in the fridge. It only gets better with a night in the ice box. 

On Easter, once Aunt Betty shows up and demands to "help" you in the kitchen - give her the strawberry mint stuff, a bottle of limeade, and a bottle of club soda.

Into the pitcher goes 1/2 limeade, 1/2 club soda, and a 1/2 c (or more - up to you) of the strawberry mint stuff. If you're doing by the glass, 1/2 limade, 1/2 club soda, and 2 tbsp strawberry mint stuff. 

To pump it up a notch for those who need a little pick me up - toss in a shot of bourbon or rum. Or both. If the bunny needs a little help to stay friendly. 

Bunny's Helper

1 pt very ripe strawberries
1 handful (15-20) mint leaves
1 tbsp sugar
1 jug limeade
1 bottle club soda

In a food processor, blitz strawberries, mint, and sugar. If done the day before, store in a glass jar in the fridge over night. 

When ready to part, mix in proportions 1/2 limeade 1/2 club soda, and as much strawberry mint stuff as you desire. Mix by the pitcher or glass. 

Add a little something extra if you need it. :)

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