Musical pairing – Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps by Doris Day
Anyone familiar with Director Baz Luhrmann knows that the title reference is to one of my favorite movies, ‘Strictly Ballroom’ – have you seen it? If not, rent the movie or borrow from a friend. ‘Strictly Ballroom’ is probably one of Luhrmann’s lesser known films, but it’s a fast-paced, cheeky and satirical romp through the life of the ballroom dancing world.
In the world of ballroom, bodies are waxed, lean and tanned, teeth are bright-lightening white, the hair, makeup and costumes are sooooooo over-the-top – all sparkly and glittery . . . enter Tina Sparkle (pronounced Tina SPAH-kle) – the most glittery, sparkly dancer of them all – who thinks she’s all that and a bag of chips. In the end, cute boy gets underdog girl . . . but you knew I was going to say that, right?
Which brings me to this Strawberry Lemonade recipe – this is all that and a bag of chips. (How’s that for a segue??) Sparkly and glittery in the mouth, the Lemonade gets its over-the-top attitude by adding Proseco. Or Limoncello. Or Vodka. Or if you’re serving the kiddos, skip the alcohol altogether – the Lemonade is still fantastic without it. Any way you drink it, this Strawberry Lemonade won’t guarantee you a spot on the dance floor but it might make you sparkle . . . Ok, so that was corny, but then again, so am I. Be-that-as-it-may, I will be doubling the recipe this week as our temps have finally hit the 80 + degree mark and the sun is out in full force. That sound? That’s me doing a happy dance in Indiana. ‘Oh pool boy, Professor, ‘Perhaps’ I’ll take another one of these, please!’
What’s your favorite summertime drink?
TINA SPARKLE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE
Adapted from Moosewood Restaurant, ‘New Classics’
¾ Cup Sugar – you can adjust according to the sweetness of your berries
½ Cup Water
2 Cups rinsed, stemmed and chopped strawberries
1 Cup strained fresh Meyer Lemon juice (regular lemons work fine too)
1 ounce Proseco, Limocello or Vodka PER GLASS
24 ounces sparkling water
Mint leaves for garnish
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan on medium heat. Stir continuously until the sugar dissolves and the liquid becomes clear; cool for about 10 minutes then transfer sugar syrup (simple syrup) to a blender. Add strawberries and lemon juice; puree until well blended.
SMITH BITES NOTE: It’s best to let the sugar syrup cool a bit before blending; hot liquids expand in the blender and can blow the top off not to mention that hot sugar is quite dangerous. Be safe, let it cool a bit before blending.
In a pitcher, combine the puree, and alcohol (if using) with the sparkling water and serve in tall glasses over ice. Or, refrigerate the puree and prepare individual glasses by adding one ounce of alcohol to the bottom of the glass, add equal parts puree and sparkling water – add ice, stir, top with a mint leaf and serve. Refrigerated puree will keep about 4 days.
Variations: 2 Cups raspberries or blackberries or 1 Cup of blueberries can be substituted for the strawberries.