Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Strawberry Sangria Float & Ultimate Fresh Strawberry Recipe Round Up!

It's Wednesday and I'm taking a slight detour from our week of Spanish Tapas. I noticed on my calendar that this weekend the local strawberry fields by my house will be opening for the season! With strawberries on the brain, I started filtering through my never ending list of strawberry recipes I've been wanting to make. One of those recipes was for a Strawberry Float. But in keeping with the Spanish theme, I came across another recipe and made this Strawberry Sangria Float. A blend of red wine, fresh strawberry puree and strawberry sorbet makes this a fun and flirty drink guaranteed to refresh you on those sultry summer nights...

For our cooking party over the weekend, we made some traditional sangrias with chopped fresh fruit, a splash of brandy and various fruit juices and nectars. However, I think I would have served these sangria floats up instead. What's great is that this is probably easier to make than traditional sangria because there's no need to cut up a lot of fruit or even a waiting period for the fruit to soak in any alcohol. In fact, I  might even prefer this than the traditional version especially on those hot summer days!

Strawberry Peach Sangria Float
adapted from Food Network Magazine, June 2013 issue

1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled + 4 berries for garnish
1 pint strawberry sorbet
1 bottle red wine of your choice
1 lime, sliced

Puree the strawberries in a food processor. Divide the mixture among four serving glasses.

Add a scoop or two of sorbet in each glass.

Fill each glass with wine and serve with a straw, a few lime slices, and strawberry garnish.

Now if you have strawberries on the brain or you want to take advantage of the sales on strawberries at grocery stores this time of year, this is a recipe round up that you can certainly appreciate. I reached out to some fellow food blogger friends who I look up to and admire for ideas on how they use strawberries in their kitchens. I was overwhelmed with the amazing responses I received because everything they suggested and shared looks so ridiculously good! Here's the delicious round up of 60+ berry delicious recipes I can't wait to make myself. Yes, you read correctly - 60+ recipes! Please click on the recipe titles to be directed to the links for the recipes of the following strawberry delights...

PS: Here's a great post on how to freeze those berries too, thanks to Liz of The Lemon Bowl! 

The Lemon Bowl

Hoosier Homemade

Bluebonnets & Brownies

Eat Good 4 Life

Always Order Dessert

Java Cupcake

Java Cupcake

Southern Fairytale

Inside BruCrew Life

Inside BruCrew Life

Inside BruCrew Life

Lemons for Lulu

Running to the Kitchen

Bran Appetit!

Bran Appetit!

Seeded at the Table

The Decorated Cookie

Cravings of a Lunatic

Fifteen Spatulas

My Baking Heart

Recipe Girl

Shugary Sweets

Tidy Mom

Life's Ambrosia

The Law Student's Wife

Spiced Blog

Our Share of the Harvest

Our Share of the Harvest

Our Share of the Harvest

The Way to His Heart

The Way to His Heart

Life & Kitchen

Life & Kitchen

Sweet Basil

Bless This Mess

Chocolate Moosey

Domestic Fits

Domestic Fits

All Day I Dream of Food

Chocolate, Chocolate and More

Chocolate, Chocolate and More

Created by Diane

Created by Diane

Created by Diane

Heather's Dish

Very Culinary

So Tasty, So Yummy

Adventures in My Kitchen

Kate's Recipe Box

Books 'n Cooks

Sparks from the Kitchen

Cheese Curds in Paradise

Cathy's Kitchen Journey

I Was Born to Cook

Alida's Kitchen

Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

The Balanced Baker

A Taste of Home Cooking

The Redhead Baker


Branny Boils Over

Eva Bakes

Thank you to all the wonderful food blogger friends
who shared their recipe links and photos with me!

And as if the above 60+ strawberry recipes weren't enough,
here are 25 more: