You can't drive by a local Hampton's farm stand these days without seeing an old fashioned sign announcing the first of the summer strawberries. Their season is fleeting, a few weeks at best, so I buy several pints at a time, and they usually don't last the evening. Delicate and super sweet, you don't need to do much to jazz up this delicious fruit. For me, the quintessential summer dessert is a bowl of fresh from the farm strawberries and whipped cream, their flavors so pure, they are simply perfection. I also like to mix it up a bit and put together a summer s'more with layers of strawberries, chocolate and cream sandwiched between graham crackers. They look elegant, taste delicious and couldn't be easier to make.
I also love a good summer cocktail (who doesn't!) and will be mixing up some fresh strawberry mojitos this weekend. Slightly sweet,very delicious, the perfect summer drink. What will you be doing this Memorial Day weekend?
5 fresh strawberries
5 fresh mint leaves
1 teaspoon of Agave Nectar
2 ounces light rum
In a chilled shaker muddle strawberries, mint and Agave Nectar. Add juice from 1/2 lime and the rum. Pour unstrained, muddled goodness into a chilled glass, add crushed ice to the top and finish off with soda water. Garnish with mint leaves. Delicious!