I know this space has been conspicuously silent in the past week. I hope you missed me as much as I missed reading your lovely comments on my posts, but part of the challenges of working full time and being a blogger means that once in a while work responsibilities have to put the blog on the back burner. However, I am back this week with the Blogging Marathon crew and this week my theme is beverages – all made with strawberries. Although strawberries are still available in the markets and once in a while you can even get some really sweet ones, at this time of year it’s often preferable to use frozen berries, as they are picked at the peak of sweetness.
What’s a cremolata you may ask? Basically, it’s a fancy Italian word for slush. Anyone who grew up in the US remembers fondly trips to 7-Eleven for basically one reason, the slush. Remember the blue raspberry flavor? I cringe now to think what that was made with…we all know there aren’t any blue raspberries right? For most of us, that was our favorite flavor. I think mainly because we liked comparing whose mouth turned more blue afterwards. The little things that give us so much pleasure as children…
Here’s a slush that can be made quickly at home and instead of all the artificial food coloring that I am sure is used at 7-Eleven, this one gets its natural color from one thing…actual fruit…
Strawberry Basil Cremolata
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: Serves 4
- 16 oz. frozen strawberries
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 6 torn basil leaves
- 1/3 cup honey
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until well blended and slushy.
Transfer to a glass and serve immediately.
Although I served this with a spoon, it’s thin enough that the spoon isn’t necessary and you can slurp the whole drink up with just the straw.