Here is another lightening quick recipe for the dog days of summer – a refreshing spritzer with just a hint of sweetness and a touch of tanginess. I normally do not recommend cold beverages as they tend to suppress digestion, but I couldn't resist with this one. Just make sure you enjoy the spritzer on its own and straight up. Fresh raspberries and lemons, a dash of stevia, squeeze of juice along with sparking mineral water like San Pellegrino and you will never be tempted by artificial vitamin waters again. Wishing all an outrageously festive, healthy and playful season.
Sprightly Summer Spritzer with Raspberry and Lemon
Yield: 4 servings
*As always, choose organic and locally sourced ingredients for ultimate flavor, nutrition and health.
Ingredients . . .
2 fresh Meyer lemons
3 cups fresh raspberries
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 bottle sparkling water
Stevia to taste
Unbleached parchment paper
Method . . .
The night before: Thoroughly wash and dry lemons. With a sharp knife, slice the fruit into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Place the slices on a parchment lined plate, cover and position flat in the freezer. Next, arrange the raspberries on a second parchment lined plate leaving enough space between each berry so they are not touching. Cover and freeze.
The next day, divide frozen fruit and lemon juice into four glasses. Add stevia and slowly pour in sparkling water (it foams something fierce). Serve immediately and toast to the good health for all.
“The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence.”
― Rabindranath Tagore