Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Enthusiastic Kitchen Elf's Easter Sparklers

Remember when the Enthusiastic Kitchen Elf criticized my menu for Nonna's Easter brunch? You can read that story: here.

Apparently she needed drink pairings. D came up with three for her. He decreed that we were going to make a trio of sparklers for her; and they had to be pretty...like Easter eggs, too. From left to right: Cucumber-Beet, Lemon-Basil, Roasted Watermelon-Mint.


He made the syrups and Nonna needed to mix them at the table. He told her 1 C of the syrup starter to 5 or 6 C sparkling water.  Here's a photo one of her guests sent me.


For all of these, D prepared the sparkler starters, placing them in a mason jar. Then he poured the hot simple syrup over the other ingredients and let the flavors meld. 

Simple Syrup
makes one sparkler starter, double or triple as needed 
Ingredients
  • 1 C organic granulated sugar
  • 1 C water

Procedure
Place sugar and water together in a medium saucepan. Over medium heat, cook until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let simmer for 1 minute. For a thicker syrup, cook it longer. We prefer ours thin. 

Cucumber-Beet Sparkler Starter
  • 1/4 C roasted beet puree (roasted in a 350 degree F oven for an hour, then pushed through a mesh strainer)
  • 1 seedless Persian cucumber, quartered and cut into 2" lengths
  • 1 C simple syrup

Lemon-Basil Sparkler Starter
  • 2 T zest from organic lemons (D used Meyer lemons from our tree)
  • 10 to 12 organic basil leaves, chiffonaded
  • 1 C simple syrup

Roasted Watermelon-Mint Sparkler Starter
  • 1 C roasted watermelon puree (roasted in a 350 degree F oven for an hour, then pushed through a mesh strainer)
  • 12 to 15 organic mint leaves, slightly bruised
  • 1 C simple syrup

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