Monday, January 2, 2017

Mixed Drink Monday: Strawberry Drink

Happy New Year!  Kicking 2017 off with a drink, naturally.  Gotta start the year right...

A lot has changed with our family Christmas over the years.  Growing up we always did our sister presents on Christmas Eve and then "Santa" presents on Christmas morning.  Things stayed like that through the first years of our marriage and a few of my sisters but then in-law schedules and people coming from out of town and various other things happened.  Our decades old Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations had to change to accommodate our changing family.  We now celebrate our Christmas on a different day (Boxing Day this year) so we can all be there.  More boyfriends-fiances-husbands started joining us and then kids...slowly at first but then in 2s and 3s.  We switched from all of us girls buying gifts for each other to doing a sister/brother-in-law exchange (seriously beneficial with 12 of us now).  Our menu has changed although there was still plenty of it at our recent gathering. 

The Christmases we have now bear little resemblance to the ones we celebrated a decade ago, besides the "original 8" and these Strawberry Drinks.  We've been drinking these for as long as I can remember and they are a Christmas staple.  They are super easy to mix up and we will make batch after batch after batch.  Some with wine, some with 7-Up (or other clear pop) to accommodate pregnancies and preferences.  The only time I ever drink these is at our family Christmas celebration and it just feels right.  And they are healthy since they contain strawberries, obviously.  Maybe they should have a more creative name but I just don't see that happening.  Almost everything about our Christmases may have changed but at least one things stays the same.

Strawberry Drink
yield: 2-3 drinks, depending on how generous you are feeling
-1¼ cup frozen strawberries
-1 cup orange juice
-¼ cup sugar
~½ cup wine or clear pop, more or less to taste

Put the strawberries, OJ, and sugar in a blender.  Blend until pretty smooth.  Add the wine or pop.  Pulse a few times to mix.  Pour and enjoy!!

Source: decades old tradition by my Mom!

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