Spring time often brings a variety of important reasons to celebrate, whether it be a graduation or two, end of the school year parties, Memorial Day barbecues, a bridal shower or luncheon and the welcoming of a brand new baby! Lots of time goes into the decorating for the evening and the food menu so I wanted to make your refreshment choice easy with my Strawberry Mint Lime Fizz. This flavorful little mocktail can be something everyone can partake in together and if you want to kick it up a notch add a little rum, it easily becomes a Strawberry Mojito!

The secret ingredients for this special, colorful drink were inspired from my garden. For me spring means strawberries and if I don’t have enough in my little strawberry patch, I can find lots from my local farmers’ market! I have planted a variety of mint in my yard that has spread nicely so it made it an obvious choice to pair it with the strawberries. For my simple syrup instead of sugar, I used some honey from a local bee keeper. The only things that I needed to pick up from the store were a few limes and soda water.

Makins for a great strawberry mocktail

Fresh ingredients are essential for a great celebration beverage! Use seasonal ingredients!

For many of us, beverages can be a added source of calories but this mocktail is so flavorful that you won’t mind sipping and savoring and you can make it as refreshing and light as you choose with less simple syrup and more strawberries, lime, mint and club soda. Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber, flavonoids, antioxidants and the anti-cancer plant chemical ellagic acid. Honey can be a great antioxidant and mint potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin A.

Strawberry Mint Lime Fizz

Makes 6 servings

2 ounce honey simple syrup (see recipe below)

2 ounce lime juice

6-8 ounces soda water

12-14 strawberries

Crushed ice

Extra strawberries, lime and mint for garnish

(4 ounce rum if you want to add a little kick)

Honey Simple Syrup

1 cup water

1 1/2 cup honey

In a mason jar, muddle mint and strawberries together until it is is still crushed but still in pieces. Add lime juice and simple syrup. Strain into a pitcher or leave muddle mint and strawberries if desired! Complete the drink with ice, club soda (and rum if desired). Garnish each glass with a .

I hope that this tasty, new drink concoction becomes a new celebration favorite as summer continues and you can even use blueberries, blackberries and peaches are in season, change up your fruit to get the freshest ingredients available! The mint will be even more plentiful also in the summer!

As a registered dietitian nutritionist in Asheville, NC, I love to help my clients and friends discover new food options to enjoy and add to what they already love! If you are new to my blog, welcome! And if you are back again to see what’s new, thank you again for stopping by and please share my blog with family and friends. And if you are looking for some more ideas to celebrate all the fun events this time of year, you can find more refreshing drink ideas below from my friends with Recipe Redux! Enjoy the celebration!

Making a spring celebration beverage with seaonal ingredients

 

 

 

 

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