There is nothing I love more than fresh, plump, juicy strawberries. Too bad we’ve had no luck with them in our garden. We planted a few plants last year, but we have neither the space to get a significant yield nor the second amendment passion required to keep the birds and squirrels away. To get our fix this year, we visited a local farm, Sledd’s U-pick, in Central Florida. In about 45 minutes, we collected 3.5 lbs of berries!
I’d highly recommend Sledd’s U-pick farm if you are in the area, especially for something to do with little ones. The raised mounds made it an easy height to pick since you don’t have to squat all the way down to pick off the ground. Plus, the mounds are covered in a black material so the berries aren’t resting on the dirt, keeping the fruit fresh and clean.
An extra bonus for The Bear was the surprise of pulling up a red onion and seeing what was growing under the ground!
On the way home, I mused the possibilities for our berries… smoothies, muffins, fruit salsa, chocolate dipped, or whipped cream smothered. But since we are still plowing our way through the Valentine’s chocolates (and I’m still sworking off the last 3 baby pounds), I painfully decided against making anything dessert-ish, my favorite included—strawberry pie.
The next best thing? Soaking those bad boys in alcohol. White sangria here we come.
When we got home, I scoured the web for a white sangria recipe. All the recipes I found called for some sort of brandy—not exactly a pantry item in our household. Vodka on the other hand…
2 bottles dry white wine, such as pinot grigio
½ c vodka
1 ½ c strawberry orange juice
1 ½ c sprite
¼ c sugar
2 c chopped fruit, such as berries, apples, citrus, or melon
Put all the ingredients except the fruit into a large picture and stir to dissolve the sugar. Stir in the fruit and chill for a few hours to let the flavors blend.
Make this a kid friendly spritzer by substituting all sprite or a mixture of sprite and juice for the alcohol.