Strawberry Pomegranate Limeade And A Giveaway

>> Tuesday, July 12, 2011



**PLEASE NOTICE THAT THE DEALINE FOR THE COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO THE 27TH OF JULY. GET THE REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE BELOW**

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The other day when I was photographing my Chocolate Agar Agar I made a flavored drink to go along with the dessert. Since the Agar Agar was sweet I wanted the drink to compliment and not add more sweetness to my mouth. Though water is my number one drink preference sometimes you want a little more flavoring. Fruit it the best way of giving water a little flavor splash, not to mention the healthiest option. Basically all I did was crush pomegranate seeds into the water. It worked great because there was a sweet tartness flavor in the water along with a pretty pink hue.
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After cleaning up I began munching on the pomegranate and strawberries that were used to decorate the table on the Chocolate Agar Agar photos. They tasted great together! I also wrapped them in the mint leaves and noticed another burst of flavors. So great in fact that I knew I had to make something with them. It's been very nice and warm here so the first thing that came to mind was a limeade to cool off with. There really is no recipe other than blending the fruits, juice and sweetened to taste. So simple in fact that you have no excuse to try it. Don't forget all of the vitamins and health benefits of choosing a drink like this over a caloric softdrink. Plus if you have children this is a great way of getting more fruits into them.
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Strawberry Pomegranate Limeade :
fresh ripe strawberries, stem removed
pomegranate seeds
lime(s), juiced
fresh mint leaves
honey or brown sugar to sweeten, optional

blender and fine sieve
large pitcher and ice cubes

1. Place the fruit, lime juice, and mint leaves in a blender. Add some water and process until fruit is completely broken down. Taste and add sweetener according to taste. Process in blender again. Strain through the fine sieve and discard the leftover pulp. Pour into a pitcher with ice cubes and refrigerate for about 15 minutes. Serve with ice cubes and decorate with fruit if you like.
* TIP* You may need to strain it twice so that yours doesn't collect the extra fruit pulp like mine did. That is what you see in the photos.

**PHOTOGRAPHY TIP** If it is really hot outside make sure the limeade has cooled in the refrigerator long enough. Even though my limeade was cool, it was still so hot outside that the ice cubes melted very fast. Picture wise glasses with fresh ice cubes will look best. Also you can either wipe the moister off the glasses or leave if you like, I choose to give mine off. **
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Now for the giveaway. To celebrate my 2nd blogoversary I am giving away a copy of my cookbook, An Epiphany of The Senses, to one lucky winner. This is going to be a contest type giveaway. The contest will work like so,
- Open to everyone, will ship worldwide.
- Cook a "Spicie" recipe and post it on your blog. Any type of recipe be it a dessert, drink, main dish, vegetable... you get the point. What I mean by "Spicie" is a new recipe that is either spicy to you OR a new recipe using your favorite spices as the main flavoring for the recipe. (Use several, or a few not just one. Have fun and be creative, perhaps cook something outside of your comfort zone.)
- The contest will run from today July 12th to July 27th, Your recipe must be posted on your blog during that time.
- Send me an email to spiciefoodie (@) gmail.com with your name and a link to the new recipe on your blog.
- On July 22th I will post a roundup of all the giveaway participants and choose a winner.
- In addition to winning a copy of my cookbook the winner's recipe will also be featured here on Spicie Foodie.
- All recipes will be judged on originality and how hungry they make me feel.

Ready, Set, Start cooking! Remember to have fun and be creative. Good luck and I can't wait to see your recipes. Leave a comment saying you want to participate so I can expect your recipe.





43 comments:

Kelly July 12, 2011 at 10:48 AM  

Ooo these drinks looks refreshing and oh so pretty!! Great tip on the photography!! :)

FamilySpice July 12, 2011 at 11:55 AM  

This drink sounds so good right now! With all of my pomegranate concoctions I didn't pair them with strawberries. Delish!

Jessica July 12, 2011 at 12:16 PM  

This looks so pretty! I love the colors! I suddenly find myself very thirsty for some refreshing tropical drink!

Paaka Shaale July 12, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

I loved the drinks and loved the colours. I think it would be an understatement to say the photographs are great!!! They are truly awesome :)

Alina---Explora Cuisine July 12, 2011 at 12:47 PM  

Oh, how I could drink a glass of your limeade in a second :) looks fabulous, perfect for this hot weather!

Ruby July 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM  

Love the pomegranate and what a great idea for a contest! Will be giving it some thought... :-)

Spicie Foodie July 12, 2011 at 3:30 PM  

@Laura, Jessica,Paaka, Alina Thank you girls!

@Ruby, Thanks! Okay I hope you do :)

Jill @ Dulce Dough July 12, 2011 at 4:06 PM  

Sounds so refreshing! I almost picked up pomegranates at the store the other day...I wish I had!

scrambledhenfruit July 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM  

It's so hot here, I'm wanting one (or two) of those right now! They look so cool and refreshing- and I love the flavor combination you've used. Slurp! :)

The Harried Cook July 12, 2011 at 4:58 PM  

Sounds like a fabulously delicious drink for the summer! I should make this soon. My daughter would LOVE it - especially with that pretty color! :) This contest sounds interesting! I hope I have time to make something for it! :) Desserts with spices count too, right? I hope they do! :) Great post! :)

Heidi @ Food Doodles July 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM  

Mmm, looks delicious! Love the pomegranate in there :D

Vicki Bensinger July 12, 2011 at 6:17 PM  

Oh my goodness this sounds so refreshing and simple. Did you use more limes than water? I make a limeade so now I'm going to have to try adding the strawberries, pomegranates and mint. YUM!

Your photos are beautiful. What type of camera do you use?

P.S. I also have a Blogger account and was unable to post replies to mine as well as other blogger people unable to post on my blog. I wasn't able to post here without entering my name and info. Email me and I will tell you what you need to do to make the change. See first if you can post a reply back on your blog.

Beautiful blog by the way!

Foodiva July 12, 2011 at 8:58 PM  

What a yummy and refreshing cooler to have on a blazing hot day! And a great way to use up all the food styling decor too, sometimes I just eat them all up when they could easily be another recipe like this post. Next time, I will try turning this mixture into ice cubes and popping them into sparkling water for a bit of fruity pizzazz...

Foodiva July 12, 2011 at 9:01 PM  

Btw, good luck with your giveaway! I already have 2 copies of your book so I'll just let someone else have a chance to win this. Your 'Spicie' contest sounds exciting, maybe I'll join in for the fun of it! Can I?

Spicie Foodie July 13, 2011 at 5:46 AM  

Thanks guys! Love your comments and enthusiasm.

@The Harried Cook, Yes a baked goodie or anything you like to submit would be great :)

@Vicki Bensinger, Thanks! Use as much lime or any other ingredient as you like. The idea is to adjust to your taste. Photography info can be under the Photography on the menu bar. For comments you must enter that information on any blog. Thanks you!

@Maya, I love that ice cubes idea! Will have to try it too. Yes, I'd love to have you participating. I know you'd whip us something awesome :)

Pachecopatty July 13, 2011 at 10:14 AM  

Hi Nancy, Such a refreshing drink for summer, I love all these flavors! I have your cookbook and have been wanting to make a recipe from it for my blog, so many good ones;-) I made a spicy fruit soup last night that I'm posting tomorrow, I actually thought of you when I made it and will link it up;-)

Lazaro Cooks July 13, 2011 at 12:31 PM  

food 52 contest this week is your best poolside drink. I think this would be perfect. Especially here in Miami where today I think it's about 1000 F. Give or take.

I will be sending you a dish for your contest. I rarely can pass up a cooking challenge.

Be well

Sarah July 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM  

love those drinks! And I'm so excited to read about the giveaway! Will be sending you my entry :)

Tina @flourtrader July 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM  

How refreshing is this-fantastic! Nice photography tips too-great post.

Maria July 13, 2011 at 2:20 PM  

This sounds so refreshing even though we're in the midst of winter here in Sydney! Beautiful colour too!

Maria July 13, 2011 at 2:31 PM  

Nancy nice competition and looking forward to get your cookbook :)

Sandra July 13, 2011 at 2:57 PM  

This looks awesome Nanacy! I like the recipe very much, and presentation is beautiful, next to the window!:))

Adora's Box July 13, 2011 at 3:47 PM  

Spectacular thirst quencher!

Torviewtoronto July 13, 2011 at 4:05 PM  

yummy combinations for a refreshing drink looks delicious

Pegasuslegend July 13, 2011 at 6:32 PM  

Your photo's are always gorgeous this one is truly refreshing as well! Need a sip!

Erin July 13, 2011 at 8:38 PM  

Sounds wonderful! So pretty too!

Ann July 13, 2011 at 11:00 PM  

What a refreshing, beautiful drink and stunning photos!

Hester Casey - Alchemy July 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM  

Nancy, this sounds wonderful - just as it is or as the base for a great cocktail. Really interesting spicie challenge!

Magic of Spice July 14, 2011 at 4:09 PM  

I wish I could eat strawberries but the limeade idea sounds so refreshing...
and love the red tint :)
And for the contest...well I can probably manage something with spice :)

Sandra July 14, 2011 at 8:22 PM  

OK, so there are 3 drinks here; one for me and one for you. Do we split the other or draw straws for it?

a. maren July 14, 2011 at 8:46 PM  

mmm this is the kind of thing that is so simple i forget to make it! but it looks so wonderful, i really should be making it every day. thanks for the reminder!

Kelly July 14, 2011 at 10:37 PM  

These look so delicious and summertime refreshing. Pomegranate is a perfect inclusion. Beautiful!

My Little Space July 15, 2011 at 8:52 AM  

Gosh, this making me really thirsty. lol! Completely cooling.
Kristy

Roxana GreenGirl July 15, 2011 at 2:08 PM  

What a refreshing drink! I love pomegranate!
Today I think are more than 35C outside, this drink is exactly what I need today.
Thanks for sharing Nancy.

Fun idea for the giveaway, can't wait to see the winning dish.

Tiffany July 17, 2011 at 7:40 AM  

What a great summer drink! :D

Trix July 17, 2011 at 11:16 AM  

Well, it looks like I picked the wrong time to go on a blogging hiatus!Now I don't think I'll have time to enter ... oh well, sigh. I guess I will have to buy your cookbook, like I keep saying I am going to do!! No excuse. Happy blogoversary month!

Yasmeen July 19, 2011 at 5:11 AM  

Hello! My first time here and so happy to have found your site. Such a lovely and refreshing drink... will definitely put it on my list for when summer rolls around!

Lizzy July 19, 2011 at 7:42 AM  

Stunning!!!! Perfect for the extreme heat we're having!

Anncoo July 24, 2011 at 1:06 PM  

Nice pictures and thank you very much for the tips. Happy 2nd Blogoversary!

Foodiva July 24, 2011 at 8:25 PM  

Hiya Nancy, I just put up my Spicie post yesterday. Remember, I'm not entering the giveaway but just wanted to join in the fun! Hope you'll like it, it's sweet, it's cool and it's spicy... just like you ;-).

Spicie Foodie July 25, 2011 at 8:17 AM  

Hi Maya, I just saw your email about it. Will stop by later. I'm sure I'll love it, I do everything you post:) Hehe you are too sweet, love it!

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