Recipe by mydesigirl
A special drink for a warm day.
Top Review by Sydney Mike
It might not have been the warmest of days when I made these, but we had GREAT BERRY SODAS, for sure! I did cut the recipe in half for the 2 of us, pureed frozen strawberries & managed to find some fresh raspberries! Even went the extra mile (for me, anyway!) & followed the recipe (minus the cherry brandy) right down to the last mint leaf & berry! This is definitely 'a special drink!' [Tagged, made & reviewed as a PRESSIE in the Aus/NZ 13 Days of Christmas Recipe Swap]
- 1 lb strawberry, for puree
- 1 lb raspberries (combination of strawberry, blackberries or 1 lb blueberry) or 1 lb mixed berry, for sodas (combination of strawberry, blackberries or 1 lb blueberry)
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream or 2 cups frozen yogurt
- 4 1⁄3 cups sparkling water or 4 1⁄3 cups seltzer water, chilled
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon cherry brandy, if desired (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- Strawberry Puree:
- Rinse and hull the strawberries for puree. Place in blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
- Strain and refrigerate until ready to make sodas.
- For each soda:
- Rinse berries for sodas.
- Hull and halve or quarter, if using strawberries.
- Frost very tall glasses (one per serving) as follows:
- Spread 1/4 cup sugar evenly on small plate, measure 1/4 cup water into small bowl.
- Dip rims of glasses first in water, then in sugar to coat rims.
- Keep glasses in freezer until ready to prepare sodas.
- Layer berries and ice cream in frosted glasses: about one-fourth of berries, small scoop ice cream, and another one-fourth of berries, second scoop of ice cream, another one-fourth of the berries, etc. (Sodas can be held in freezer for several hours at this point.).
- In large pitcher gently blend puree, sparkling water, lemon juice and brandy. Pour into prepared frosted glasses. Garnish with mint leaves and remaining berries.