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strawberry lemonade & espresso meringue drops

May 25, 2012

in high school we always went to red robin for any and all occasions. birthdays? red robin. half day? red robin. after football games? red robin. but when i moved to CA, no one went to red robin. maybe it’s because there are so many better choices… maybe it’s because we have in ‘n out… or maybe because the one we do have is located in the mall by sears…

whatever the case, i don’t really miss red robin except for two things: their bottomless fries and their strawberry lemonade. in the food network magazine this month, they had a copycat recipe for red robin’s strawberry lemonade. with a few modifications, it tastes just like the original! my brother actually made most of it, i just helped a bit.

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you’re gonna need lemons (or lemon juice if you don’t have enough fresh ones), sugar, and water for the lemon syrup. so easy! you basically boil these together and then let it sit.

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next you’ll need to make the strawberry syrup. all it takes is chopped strawberries and sugar. you let that sit for about 45 minutes and then strain the syrup out (but save the strawberries!).

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the finished product! so tasty and thirst-quenching.

here’s the actual recipe:

Ingredients

  • Zest of 1 lemon, in wide strips
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups chopped hulled strawberries
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 10 large lemons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Make the lemon syrup: Bring the lemon zest, 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring, until the sugar dissolves; let cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, make the strawberry syrup: Toss the strawberries and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl and let sit at room temperature until the sugar dissolves, about 45 minutes. Strain the strawberry mixture; reserve the strawberry syrup and berries separately.

Make the lemonade: Combine the lemon juice, lemon syrup, salt and 2 cups cold water in a pitcher. For each drink, put about 1 tablespoon of the strawberry syrup in a tall glass. Fill with ice, then top with the lemonade and some of the reserved strawberries.

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i also made espresso meringue drops. these were delicious. they are so light and airy that you could probably eat 10 in one sitting. i think they have just the right amount of coffee in them to appeal to coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers alike!

the recipe is as follows:

  • 2 eggs whites
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 tsp. coffee grounds (or instant coffee)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • melted chocolate (optional)

mix together the sugar and coffee grounds and set aside. add the vanilla to the egg whites and beat until stiff peaks form. add the sugar-coffee mixture to the egg whites in spoonfuls and beat until the sugar is dissolved (a few minutes). line baking pan with parchment paper and drop in rounded tablespoons. bake @ 325 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

mine made about 40 drops, but it depends on how big or small you decide to go. these are delicious as is, but even better with a little chocolate drizzled on top. these treats only take 5 ingredients! (4 if you leave out the chocolate!). they look and sound sophisticated, but in reality are very easy to make. so go ahead and wow your guests at your next party and take a few minutes to relax because these 5-ingredient treats took so little of your time.

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jules

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