Strawberry Mint Sparkling Lemonade

Today is a very special day.

Not because it’s Monday. Not because we’re now more than halfway through April (and how did that happen?!).

Nope.

Today is special because we’re having a virtual baby shower!

Caroline and Logan are welcoming a baby in just a few short weeks, and I’m so happy to be bringing a treat for this online shower. I’m not sure who thought to start doing online surprise baby showers, but I love it – what a fun surprise to wake up to!

So…what do I “bring” to a baby shower full of food bloggers?

No cupcakes from me, I’ll just say that. My decorating abilities are severely lacking compared to most people. Plus, I knew there would be a great list of sweets and savory dishes.

One thing I never think about until the last minute is drinks for get togethers like this.

Having 1-2 fun drink options besides water or tea helps bring everything together.

Plus, strawberries are trickling into the market right now, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to make a light and summery drink to share for the shower.

This cool twist on lemonade is full of crushed strawberries, muddled mint, sugar, and sparkling water to take a bit of the pucker out of the lemonade and keep it light and bright.

Strawberry Mint Sparkling Lemonade

Makes:  8-10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup medium strawberries
  • 2-3 Tbsp fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 1 liter sparkling water

Directions:

  1. Cut the tops off of the strawberries, slice them in half and place them in the bottom of a pitcher with the mint and sugar.
  2. Muddle the strawberries, mint, and sugar together with a muddler (or a spoon) until the strawberries have started to break down and the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Pour the lemonade and sparkling water over the strawberry mix, stir, and serve.

Congrats to Caroline and Logan!! I’m so excited for you both!

Want to celebrate, too? Here’s the other dishes for this virtual shower:

Drinks:

Healthy Food For Living - Carrot Cake Colada

Bran Appetit - Strawberry Mint Sparkling Lemonade

Savory:

Baked Bree - Pancetta and Chive Quiche

Simply Whole Kitchen - Mini Quinoa Bites with Goat Cheese Pesto

Pastries:

Food Doodles - Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Filled Whole Wheat Cream Puffs

Kevin & Amanda - Baby Cinnamon Buns

Desserts: 

Baked by Rachel - Mini Lemon Lime Cheesecakes

Bake Your Day- No Bake Lemon Cheesecakes with Lemon Blueberry Sauce

Eat Good 4 Life - No Bake Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes

Fearless Homemaker - Angel Food Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Cream

Itzy’s Kitchen - 10 Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Keep It Sweet - Peanut Butter Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Icing and Chocolate Ganache

Texanerin Baking - 100% Whole Grain Chocolate Carrot Cake Cupcakes

39 Responses to “Strawberry Mint Sparkling Lemonade”

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    Kathryn — April 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Congratulations to Caroline and Logan! This is such a perfect drink for a baby shower :)

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    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming — April 16, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Such a cute drink! It sounds delicious :)

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — April 16, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Thank you sooooo much Brandi! You have no idea how surprised I was when I woke up. I am sitting here boo-hooing over such sweet and tasty posts from all of you gals. This drink looks absolutely amazing and I have been totally crushing over strawberries lately (thankfully they are cheap now that they’re in season) and this drink looks so refreshing! I’m getting so sick of water and this looks like just the drink to get me going (especially in the heat of SC). :D

    I can’t thank you enough,
    Caroline

    • admin replied: — April 18th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      I’m so happy Erin rallied all of us together – it was fun to have this surprise brewing for the past few weeks :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

    This looks so refreshing and colorful for the shower!

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    Erika - The Teenage Taste — April 16, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I am downright terrible at decorating cupcakes. It’s almost embarassing, thus the reason I never post any on my blog! Haha!

    This drink, on the other hand, looks fabulous! I bet the strawberry +mint flavor combination is so refreshing! Yum! :-D

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    Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) — April 16, 2012 at 11:44 am

    This looks like a perfect baby shower beverage! So fun! Caroline is lucky to have you all as friends!

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    Erica — April 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    PERFECT drink for the shower! So refreshing and pretty

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    Janet McCord — April 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    This looks delish and seasonal. Over here, they call Sprite or 7-Up type drinks “lemonade”. So sparkling lemonade wouldn’t be unusual! :) I know it’s not quite the same but I could see crushing some strawberries and mint from my window sill into Sprite this summer! Janet

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    Blog is the New Black — April 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Yes please!

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    Krista — April 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    This sounds UH-mazing! :) Just pinned it and can’t wait to try it! :)

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    oh wow, this sounds amazing! + you’re so right – i never think of drinks for parties until the last minute. bookmarking for our next get-together – this looks too good not to make soon!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    This sounds absolutely delicious!

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    Danica @ It's Progression — April 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    This sounds delicious…the virtual baby shower is an adorable idea!

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    Holly — April 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    what a sweet idea! that is so cute, and i am in absolute LOVE with this idea. i think it may even be better with some vodka or tequila? just saying… :)

    • admin replied: — April 16th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      oh yeah – it would definitely be good with that, too :)

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    Cassie — April 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    This is a great combination, Brandi. Sounds so refreshing, especially for this time of year. Yay for babies!

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    sally @ sally's baking addiction — April 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    sounds like the perfect spring or summer drink! very refreshing.

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — April 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I’m so happy you made a drink! Like you said, people never remember the drinks. I never do and always end up offering some lovely tap water. :)

    It looks so refreshing and I love the strawberry shot. Lucky you to have strawberries in season already!

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — April 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Ooooh, this looks delicious! I could go for a tall glass of this right now! I love the mint in there :D

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    Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola — April 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    A virtual baby shower?? Do you all skype at the same time? I’m so intrigued! And your drink sounds fantastic and perfect for a hot summer day!! Add in a little vodka and you’ve got a delicious cocktail as well!

    • admin replied: — April 18th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      no skyping, but that would be fun!! and yes, vodka would definitely be delicious, too :)

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    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living — April 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    This sounds so refreshing! Perfect for a hot summer day =).

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    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen — April 17, 2012 at 12:49 am

    First of all, I love the virtual baby shower idea! Secondly, I think you read my mind…I was JUST thinking about how I never make very creative drinks. The closest thing I’ve come was accidentally using grapefruit juice to make mimosas instead of OJ. It was delicious, yes, but perhaps I should work with purpose from now on. ;)

    • admin replied: — April 18th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      same here – i don’t normally think about drinks until it’s too late!

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    Catalina @ Cake with Love — April 17, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Sounds refreshing, sweet and delicious!

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    Shannon — April 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    so refreshing!! even better with meyers, too ;)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    What a great drink. Looks pretty, and sounds refreshing. Perfect drink for a spring shower!

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    The Healthy Apple — April 30, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    My mouth is watering; this looks beautiful and I wanna sip right now! Excited to meet you in Cali for the Dole Summit this week!

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    Larissa — May 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I’m on my way right now to buy strawberries can’t risset hard to believe John is five already. I’ll be back up to Traverse City on Sunday and I heard the heat is on its way up too. That lemonade will be just the thing!

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