Holy Ka-Smoaney* I just discovered my favorite, every day beverage for this summer. Agua Fresca, kinda, but with a dose of geometry.
- In the blender, liquified Farmer's Market end-of-season strawberries with raspberries.
- Strained the resulting pulp. Found it a touch tart, so mixed in some honey.
- Placed the resulting, strained puree into these, then froze: Ice Sphere Molds
- Placed a frozen fruit sphere into a clear pint glass, added seltzer water.
The resulting concoction, especially glass #2 and beyond, provides bright red color, surprisingly refreshing flavor, and a super way to stay hydrated. You won't want to stop after one glass, nor should you, in this summer heat.
Peach, mango, cantaloupe, pineapple, or other lightly colored fruit would also work well. I'll bet blending a tropical fruit with coconut milk would take this to yet another level, as would a squeeze of lime or other tidbit of citrus.
If using dark red fruit, the sphere in your first, clear glass might alarm fans of True Blood or other vampire tales. But after that first pour, each successive beverage takes on a gorgeous wave of berry-red froth from the ice sphere, and the flavor is through the roof. This would also be fun/dangerous with sparkling wine.
One thing I adore about ice or fruit spheres is you can make a batch, extract from the molds, and store them in a plastic bag in the freezer. This allows you to have a couple dozen frozen spheres ready for a party, visits from the undead, whatever.
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