I couldn't resist buying a pint of the first local strawberries I saw, and though they weren't the luscious jewels of later in the season, they were still pretty darn delicious. I'll be back to buy more than I can eat on my Cheerios, and then I'll be busy mixing up strawberry drinks: smoothies, lemonade, agua fresca, cocktails and punch, filled out with wine or sake or spiked with stronger spirits. Here's a little recipe inspiration: a dozen drinks to celebrate the arrival of spring.
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January or no, I like my good-for-you fare to taste amazing. That's where drinks like this Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie come in. It's creamy, just sweet enough, and smattered with cakey overtones of vanilla and almond. Smattered, I tell you.
If you're eating or drinking something at my house between April and October, it's going to have strawberry in it. Strawberries go well with just about every spirit, fruit, and herb, so they're as at home at the bar as a lemon or a lime.
I have a rule when it comes to strawberries—I wait to buy them until they make their way to the farmers' market. Nothing compares to that first day when you see them, or more accurately, smell them. But the other day when I was in my local grocery, I smelled that scent of real, ripe, flavorful berries, then examined the berries to make sure I wasn't going crazy. I broke my rule. I just couldn't resist them. I immediately ate one as soon as I left, hoping that my nose didn't deceive me—the berry was flavorful. Of course I started plotting out what to do with my preseason score.