Saturday, June 29, 2013

the only time I will ever say 'soda'

I know, I know. Nobody blogs on Saturdays. And nobody reads blogs on Saturdays (except me). But I figure...maybe if you do happen to read blogs today, maybe it's cause you're bored. And if you're bored, you probably want to eat, right? At least that's how it works for me. So I figured a Saturday morning would be the perfect time to share a very fast, very easy, very tasty dessert-type drink (non-alcoholic).

When I saw this picture and recipe in the Better Homes & Gardens magazine that came in the mail this week (yes, I am four hundred years old), I knew I had to try it. It spoke to me. Loudly. So last night we made it and DANG...was I right. This is a big winner. And super easy! So here we go.

Strawberry Coconut Cream Soda (from July 2013 Better Homes and Gardens)

You need:
3 cups fresh strawberries, halved
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup refrigerated coconut milk (like the kind sold by Silk or So Delicious) *I used the unsweetened and shelf-stable kind, from the section w/ almond and rice milks...worked great*
3 to 4 cups of club soda or carbonated water, chilled 

1. In a medium bowl combine strawberries and sugar; stir well to combine. Using a pastry blender (*what the heck is a pastry blender??! I used a regular blender, worked fine), coarsely mash the strawberries.

2. Place 1/3 cup of the mashed strawberries in each of six glasses. To each glass add ice, 2 Tbsp. coconut milk, and 1/2 to 2/3 cup club soda. Stir drinks just before serving. Makes 6 servings.

We basically followed the exact recipe, except we didn't add ice and we halved the recipe since there are only two of us. It was daggum delicious and Matt requested more for breakfast. I feel rather awkward saying the word 'soda,' since it's basically not a part of my Southerner's vocabulary, but I feel like 'Strawberry Coconut Cream Coke' sounds extremely unappetizing, so I'll deal.

Anyway. I think you should make this-- for the record, it's gluten-free and dairy-free (not that I care, exactly, but worth noting) and it would probably be excellent with a little vodka or rum mixed in...not that I plan on doing that anytime soon or anything.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Oh, I saw that in this week's BHGs (yes, I'm 400 years old, too - we look dang good for our age!) and have wanted to try it! Now you've convinced me. YUM!

  2. I read blogs on Saturdays AND I'm super psyched to try this. Thanks for the tip! (P.S. Eric's friends got him a subscription to Ladies Home Journal as a joke and I have to admit...I really like it. My mom reads that. Dammit, I'm old).

  3. I do my major blog reading/writing on saturdays! :) I gotta try this! :)

  4. Looks DE-LISH!!

    What do Southerners call soda?? I'm intrigued now!

  5. I read on Saturdays!!!! Looks awesome. Going shopping now! :)

  6. YUM!! Looks so good.

    And here I am reading on Saturday too!! :))

  7. I read on saturdays!! Right now my pups are sleeping so the internet is keeping me entertain :) Thanks for sharing - looking delicious!! :)

  8. I read on the weekends and I, too, get Better Homes and Gardens :) I think I'll have to try this!

  9. This looks amazing! I have to try it...

  10. Pretty soon you'll be calling it "pop"... ha!

  11. I read blogs on Saturdays and I write them then too. And now I want that soda but I can't because I'm not ALLOWED TO SNACK :( Sniff.

  12. That sounds delicious! Thanks for posting on Saturday :)

  13. So is every soda "coke" even if it's not "coke"? What do you call Root Beer, hoping Root Beer?! Here, in up state NY we call it soda and specify the type. For example, I always order diet coke. My husband is from Western NY and they call it pop. If you order soda there you'll get club soda.
    Regional vocabulary is always fun to learn about!

  14. I pretty rarely pin from blogs, but I pinned this and am so excited to try it! Yum.

    Wondering why theirs is all creamy looking and yours is more red though. Interesting how that happens with recipes.

    Also, maybe a pastry blender is another word for a food processor? I suppose I could look it up, but I'm too lazy for that right now.

  15. Um, YUM?? Love your new blog topper. I am so making this recipe.

  16. A pastry blender is a hand held tool that cuts things into really small pieces, like butter for a pastry recipe. I have used one to make shortbread. It helped incorporate the dry ingredients so the butter was evenly distributed. Feel free to fact check me, I could be mistaken.
    That recipe sounds delish! Makes me want to make a grocery store run for the ingredients.


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