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two strawberry citrus blush drinks with greenery, crushed ice, and rose petals

Non Alcoholic Strawberry Citrus Blush


  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 17 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: about 12 drinks 1x

Description

Non alcoholic strawberry citrus blush is a refreshing spring and summer drink made with three citrus juices, strawberries, easy simple syrup, and sparkling mineral water.  It’s a perfect crowd pleaser to serve for kids, teens, and adults at a party, baby shower, or Easter brunch.


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Ingredients

For the Strawberry Citrus Juice & Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup granulated sugar (198g)
  • 1 cup filtered water (236 ml)
  • 2 1/2 cups orange juice (590 ml)
  • 1 cup fresh strawberry puree (236 ml)
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced (140g)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 large lemon)  (60 ml)
  • 5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 23 large limes) (74 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

For Each Drink

  • 1/3 cup strawberry citrus juice (78 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 1 fresh lime wedge
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine
  • 1/3 cup sparkling water (78 ml)
  • Fresh rose petals, rinsed and patted dry (optional)

Instructions

Making the Simple Syrup (5 minutes + chilling)

  1. Pour the sugar and water into a small saucepan and place over medium high heat.  Stir continuously until the sugar has dissolved, then pour into a small jug with a spout and set in the fridge to cool.

Making the Strawberry Citrus Juice (15 minutes)

  1. While the simple syrup is chilling, make the strawberry citrus juice.  Zest a lemon and place 2 teaspoons of zest in a 4-cup jug with a spout.
  2. Pour the orange juice into the jug, then squeeze the juice from the lemon and a couple fresh limes.  You should have 1/4 cup lemon juice and 5 tablespoons lime juice.  Stir all the juices together to blend.
  3. Rinse and hull 1 pint of strawberries.  Roughly chop about half of the strawberries, then puree in a blender until smooth.  Measure out 1 cup of puree and stir it into the citrus juice.  Slice the remaining strawberries and add to the juice mixture.

Mixing Each Drink (2 minutes per drink)

  1. Pour 1/3 cup of the strawberry citrus juice into a 7 fluid ounce glass.  Gently stir in 2 tablespoons of the chilled simple syrup, the juice of one lime wedge, 1 tablespoon of grenadine, and 1/3 cup of sparkling water until well blended.
  2. Garnish with fresh rose petals that have been rinsed and patted dry.  Serve immediately.

Notes

  • For health and safety, make sure the rose petals come from bushes that haven’t been sprayed or treated with any chemicals.
  • For a pretty effect, stir together the strawberry citrus juice, simple syrup, and freshly squeezed lime juice in the glass.  Pour the grenadine in slowly with a funnel, then slowly pour in the sparkling water also with a funnel.  Don’t stir after this, since the grenadine will naturally settle to the bottom, giving the drink a unique look.
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