When I was a kid, I liked to stir powdered strawberry flavoring into a big glass of cold milk. It might have been more about watching the white liquid turn ballerina tutu pink than the flavor that caught my attention. The taste wasn’t so hot, really. Then I discovered homemade Strawberry Almond Milk.
I find many ways to use strawberries when Florida winter strawberries are in season. I live the next county over from the Plant City strawberry fields and I have occasionally driven there to buy flats of fruit. Jam is Job One when I do that. There are always some left over for experimentation and making strawberry syrup is something else I often make. It’s good for cocktails, among other things.
The Florida Strawberry Growers Association joins us for what promises to be a fun Twitter party at 7 p.m. ET tonight. (Join in by following the hashtag #SundaySupper.) I wish I could transport a big cold glass of Strawberry Almond Milk to everyone who takes part. It’s that good. And vegan, thanks to the almond milk.
This is a recipe that leaves room for tinkering. You could use soy milk or cow’s milk, if you’d like. Play with the flavoring, too. Almond is a natural pairing with strawberries and the subtle almond flavor of the nut milk is boosted when you add in almond extract. The color is more of a blush than the brilliant pink of those long-ago powdered drinks, and that’s okay by me. The taste is what I am looking for. Want more sweetness and strawberry flavor? Add additional syrup.
Strawberry Almond Milk is a good base for smoothies. Hmmm, homemade strawberry ice cream with strawberry almond milk mixed together for an amazing milkshake? Back to the kitchen.
- 2 cups trimmed and chopped Florida strawberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2½ cups unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup strawberry syrup (or more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sliced strawberries for garnish
- To make the strawberry syrup, place chopped strawberries, sugar and water in a saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally and watch carefully so the mixture doesn't boil over. The mixture will thicken and reduce. Strain off solids, and cool and save to use as a topping for pancakes, pound cake or waffles, if you'd like. Refrigerate syrup until cold.
- To make two drinks, pour almond milk into small pitcher and stir in strawberry syrup and vanilla extract. Pour into drinking glasses and garnish with strawberry slices. Serve immediately.
Here’s what the Sunday Supper tastemakers cooked up this week using Florida strawberries.
- Sparkling Strawberry Sangria from Family Foodie
- Strawberry-Basil Spritzer from Eat Picks
- Strawberry and Cream Smoothie from Flour On My Face
- Frozen Strawberry Lemonade from Love and Confections
- Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake from Ruffles & Truffles
- Skillet Baked Strawberry Oatmeal from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Strawberry Banana Hazelnut Crepes from The Crumby Cupcake
- Strawberry Coffee Cake with Greek Yogurt from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Sweetheart Strawberry Scones from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Basil, Brie and Strawberry Salad from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chef Salad with Strawberry Croutons from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Herbed Strawberry Salad from Magnolia Days
- Strawberry Waldorf Salad from Food Done Light
- Balsamic Strawberry Walnut Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil from Soni’s Food
- Mahi Mahi with Strawberry Sauce from Cooking Chat
- Strawberry Mole Chicken from Curious Cuisiniere
- Dark Chocolate Strawberry Parfaits from Daily Dish Recipes
- Flourless Almond Cake with Strawberries and Coconut Cream from Casa de Crews
- Strawberry Cannoli from Palatable Pastime
- Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
And: Nutritious Fresh Strawberry Recipes plus Strawberry Almond Milk from Sunday Supper Movement
Need more Florida winter strawberry inspiration? Check out the website of Strawberry Sue, also known as Florida Strawberry spokeswoman Sue Harrell, for tips and recipes.
- Join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat.
- To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.
This post is sponsored by the Florida Strawberry Growers Association in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are those of individual bloggers.
Janet K. Keeler
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