Strawberry Jalapeño Soda

Strawberry Jalapeño Soda

My best friend, Olivia, lives in Florida. If you have a friend who lives very far away then you understand that feeling of seeing her for the first time in almost a year. There are huge hugs, smiles until your faces hurt, and celebratory dinners. I have known Olivia for almost ten years and we have been through an enormity of life events together: sixteenth birthdays, graduating high school, road trips up and down the east coast, family problems, weddings; this year, she’ll be coming up to New England in the spring for a visit. I’m too excited. We’ve already made a list of at least fifteen things to do while she’s home–most of these items revolve around food and drink!

 

The best part about being friends with someone just as zany as you are is that there is never a dull moment. Olivia and I have had our fair share of adventures. We find a way to explore and seize opportunities as they come.

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Posing with a frozen bobcat

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Failure of a Baked Alaska

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 Making Polluck’s one summer

In one of the first posts that I wrote, I talked about one of my favorite cafés in Tampa. On one of our bike rides last year, Olivia and I stumbled across a bakery called Chocolate Pi. These folks seriously know what they’re doing. They use seasonal flavors in all of their pastries, their macarons are out of this world, and they make artisanal sodas. If you ever are in Tampa, you have to visit!

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The flavors will change your life: cucumber-ginger, blackberry-mint, and strawberry-jalapeño. Surprisingly, I’m not a soda drinker. I love water and seltzer, but I never crave soda like other people do; however, after going to Chocolate Pi and trying their strawberry-jalapeño soda, my mind was changed.

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If you do not like peppers, you can opt to only make the strawberry syrup; however, if you are looking for a funky new favorite, I suggest making this refreshing beverage with the jalapeños. I’m looking forward to making this again when Olivia comes to visit!

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Strawberry Jalapeño Soda

Ingredients

    Strawberry Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups strawberries (stemmed and halved)
    Jalapeño Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large jalapeño (sliced)
    Strawberry Jalapeño Soda
  • 8 ounces plain seltzer
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry simple syrup (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeño simple syrup (or to taste)
  • 5 or 6 ice cubes
  • diced strawberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. On medium-high heat in a medium-size pot, boil water and sugar until no granules can be seen in the water. Once sugar has dissolved, add strawberries. Simmer for several minutes until strawberries become soft. Use immersion blender or food processor to puree strawberry syrup.
  2. Remove pot from stove. Using a strainer, pour strawberry pureé into a medium-size bowl. The strainer should catch any strawberry seeds or pieces that were not pureéd. You can save these strawberry chunks and add them to ice cream or pancakes. Allow the remaining strawberry pureé (syrup) to cool.
  3. Repeat same process with jalapeños. Do not puree jalapeños just allow them to marinate in the simple syrup boil. Remove once the simple syrup has cooled. Label this as it may be spicy! You may remove jalapeños from syrup after syrup has cooled if you choose. If not you can let them sit and infuse the syrup even more.
  4. Place ice cubes In a 12-ounce glass. Add simple syrups then pour seltzer on top. Stir with spoon or straw for ten or fifteen seconds or until the soda is a light pink color. Add more syrup for a sweeter beverage. Garnish drink with strawberries.
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How long have you known your best friend? What’s the weirdest soda flavor that you’ve ever tried?

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Written by Miss Scrambled Egg

Erin is the author of Miss Scrambled Egg. She is a barista, teacher, and blogger. She is slightly overwhelmed by the sight of carrot cake and Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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