Strawberry mocktail

{Think colors!}


**Announcement** 
Two of my photos are selected to the final of Eat Drink Blog Photography Competition. I would appreciate it if you can come here and “LIKE” my Hanoi Cafe  & Tea Break Photos! Thank you! xoxo – Anh

Strawberry mocktail

Although we have less of an ideal start to summer, I am still eager that it will come eventually. Actually, I don’t love the intense heat that much. Can we get a mild, sunny weather with all the bounties still?

As we move deeper in December, I cannot wait until the year is over. To start something new, something fresh. It is all in the mind, but I need that trigger. This year has been physically and emotionally draining. It will better if certain things become “history” for real.

“Think positive”, I remind myself.

Strawberry syrup in the making

So let’s do something bright with red, juicy and perfectly ripe strawberries. I have made jam and a lot of smoothie with them. But today, I have settled on a lovely drink which can quench the summer thirst.

The color of the drink is so bright and cheerful, it makes me happy. Perfect for the festive season (I made this for Eid, too).

Poppies. Dancing in the sunlight...

Strawberry Mocktail

The strawberry syrup is really versatile. They can be reduced further to be more syrupy and used as topping for pancakes or ice-cream. I topped the syrup with soda water to make non-alcoholic beverage, but it also can serve as the base for cocktail.

Ingredients
500g strawberries (fresh or frozen)
250ml water
120-150g raw sugar
Juice from one lemon

To serve: lemonade or soda water (chilled), mint for garnish

Method
Wash the strawberries and chopped into pieces. 

Place the fruit, together with the sugar in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a gentle boil until the fruit is soft. Add in lemon juice and water. Gently simmer.

Adjust sugar to your liking now, then turn off the fire. Leave to cool and put the syrup in the fridge to chill.

When ready to serve, put enough syrup for half of a cup(glass). Top with chilled lemonade or soda water. Garnish with mint and enjoy! Cheers!

Strawberry mocktail

42 Responses to Strawberry mocktail

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    So pretty and tempting! Those pictures are gorgeous.

  2. Jennifer (Delicieux) says:

    Gorgeous Anh!!! I absolutely love that photo of the chopped strawberries!

  3. Sneh | Cook Republic says:

    Congratulations! That Hanoi Cafe photo is a definite winner. Love it! Love the colors in this post too :-)

  4. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I voted for your beautiful photos. I'm a big fan anyway, so thanks for reminding us to vote!

  5. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    I remember you posting this on your twitter feed. What a gorgeous drink!

  6. iva | in my kitchen says:

    anh, beautiful photos and inspiring drink for the up coming hot melbourne days-like tomorrow 30degrees, ouch! Perfect!

  7. shez says:

    Congratulations on having two photos make the finals – you take beautiful shots so I was not surprised at all! I can't wait for the weather to get warmer. Would love this syrup with a ginger beer top up instead of soda water.

  8. chinmayie @ love food eat says:

    Just voted for your photos and had to tell you how much I loved the cafe photo! Beautifully shot!

  9. Little Corner of Mine says:

    What a lovely drink and I love your photos!

  10. La Table De Nana says:

    Every thing you do is pretty.I love how you often tie in flowers~

  11. Eri says:

    Well your pictures are beautiful, congrats and good luck on the finals!

  12. Meeta K. Wolff says:

    How totally gorgeous! Lovely recipe and gorgeous images! A huge congrats on making the finals. Absolutely loved the Hanoi Cafe shot!

  13. Angie's Recipes says:

    So pretty and elegant! Great clicks.

  14. Mrs. Measurement says:

    What a cute idea! Have you thought about Sparkling Cider with Strawberries? It's delish.

  15. Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul says:

    I totally agree with you about the new year Anh! This mocktail looks amazing…and I love the pics too!

  16. Johanna GGG says:

    sounds lovely and I love the reds in the photos – so cheery and summery – I agree that too hot isn't desirable for summer but I want to go to carols on Saturday and I am worried it will be a hot day and a wet evening which will not please me at all – fingers crossed

  17. FoodEpix says:

    Looks delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at foodepix.com.

  18. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Congratulations on being a finalist! You know I love that Hanoi cafe photo of yours, such a perfect moment.

  19. Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) says:

    Love the colour of this drink and, yes, where

  20. Soma says:

    Strawberry syrup I have to make now. Should I wait for summer or just use up my frozen stock. This looks too beautiful not to try right away.

  21. sliceofmylyfe says:

    Liked both your pics. Hope you win. I am in awe of your photography.

  22. Sips and Spoonfuls says:

    Those chopped strawberries look so fresh- perfect mocktail flavor. And of course voted for your photos :)

  23. Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) says:

    Lovely picture! and this must be a nice drink too..

  24. Zara says:

    Superb photos, liked ;)

  25. Paaka Shaale says:

    The drink looks gorgeous. I can only imagine how it would have tasted :)

  26. Winston says:

    LOVE this!! You won't believe this but I made 3 different kinds of drinks today just cause of the hot weather! I've basically run out of ideas already so I'm glad that you shared this. I, for one, always prefer the fruity fizziness of mocktails over cocktails any day haha. Guess my palates are still very much a kid. Nice one, Anh! Beautiful photography as usual! =]

  27. Nic@diningwithastud says:

    Stunning images :)

  28. Shulie says:

    Conngrats Anh & liked both your photos. Stunning indeed! I love mocktails, elegant minus the alcohol.:)

  29. The Cape Club says:

    Amazing images Anh.. well well done.. I'm going to be in contact with you (hope you don't mind) re Photographers trip 2012 to Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia.. you are an inspiration! :) j – hope you win!

  30. Carolyn Jung says:

    Congrats on being a finalist in the photo competition! Your images are always so gorgeous. ;)

  31. Haniela says:

    Congratulations on being a finalist, it it so well deserved, visiting your site is like a dream, such gorgeous photographs, you do beautiful work!

  32. Christy says:

    Strawberries, as always are yummylicious…berrylicious :D These look heavenly, can you hand me a glass too?;)

  33. penny aka jeroxie says:

    Absolutely beautiful and stunning :)

  34. Von says:

    Love your photos ;) especially the colours! This drink sounds delicious too! Shame I just finished my punnet of strawberries, or I'd try it right now! haha…

  35. mississauga uprising says:

    Delisyoso A must have drinks for this coming holiday party season for all of us. :)

  36. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    Congrats to you! I can see why you would be in the finals – your photograpy is stunning! I'm just staring at your pictures and presentation with my mouth hanging open – amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  37. JavelinWarrior says:

    This post is absolutely fetish-worthy and I've been inspired to include it in my Friday Food Fetish blog. If you have any objections, please let me know

  38. msihua says:

    You do take amazingly stunning pictures :) Well done and congrats on having your pictures chosen!

  39. Magda says:

    Oh, I would love taking a sip from that beautifully pink drink!

  40. Monet says:

    All of those bright colors make this cold, drab day seem brighter! Thank you for sharing your creativity with me! Good luck with your photographs. They are winners in my book.

  41. Jamie says:

    It's so funny to think of anyone being in summer now, but this gorgeous mocktail would be well appreciated in summer or winter. Just stunning! Actually, it would be quite festive for the holidays.

  42. Spencer says:

    Looks really refreshing! I like anything strawberry so I am sure I will love this.

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