The versatility & variety of fruit never ceases to amaze me & there is so much that can be done with it.......U name it & u have it: salad, soup, desert, beverage & just on its own. A trip to the grocery store & I just end up buying every possible fruit in the store, so much so that I had to throw a couple of boxes each of strawberry , blueberry & cherry in the freezer so they don't turn bad & i could use them anytime I come up with a recipe.Especially my trips to Whole food drive me crazy coz they have so much organic fruit : I just cannot stop. So making good use of some strawberry that was piling up in the refigerator here comes an Indianised version of strawberry coolaid.The recipe is somewhat inspired from US masala but I have given it my own twist.
I cup fresh Strawberry, washed & cubed / 3-4 strawberry for garnish
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh basil or 10-12 leaves
1 inch cube of fresh ginger
1/2 tsp black salt
juice of two lemons
Bottle of club soda
In the jar of mixer blender , puree all ingredients together : strawberry, sugar, basil & ginger & strain the mix through a soup strainer to get a smooth paste. Add salt & lemon juice. Add 5 cups of club soda & some ice & the drink is ready. Garnish as desired.