The warm weather and high humidity is proof that summer is finally here. Time to refill my grill gas tank, set up my hammock (I don't actually have a hammock, but I can dream!), and most importantly, start buying in-season fruits and veggies.
As a person with an insatiable sweet tooth, I am disappointed with myself as a child for not embracing the natural sweetness of berries. It's only been within the past two or so years that I've been able to get over my hang-ups about texture, and now I simply cannot get enough of them (Though, admittedly, the hairs on the raspberries still creep me out if I think too hard about them). I love berries dipped in chocolate, eaten plain, baked into pies and cakes, and made into smoothies. Any way I can get my fill of these mouthwateringly juicy flavors.
And when it's just too hot outside to even imagine turning on your oven or grill, this cool, sweet soup completely hits the spot.
Though calling it a soup might be a bit of a stretch, this creamy pink smoothie in a bowl will delight everyone, and it's so simple to make! Eat it as a dessert, a snack, or with a large salad for a perfect and easy summer meal.
You will need:
- 1 quart of mixed berries. I used strawberries for their sweetness, raspberries to add a little tartness, and blueberries for their color. Feel free to experiment with which berries you use and the amounts of each.
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup ginger ale
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream or creme fraiche
Rinse the berries carefully in cool water, and pick out any bruised or discolored ones. With a paring knife, slice off the strawberry stems, and hull them (remove the core). Throw all your berries in a blender and puree.
Add the ginger ale, milk, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract to the blender. Cover and process until well mixed. Pour into a bowl and stir in the sour cream or creme fraiche, then cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2 or more hours, until chilled.
Serve cold with berry garnishes or a dollop of creme fraiche on top.
P.S. How much better is my photography getting!?! I shot these pictures in RAW format, and edited them in lightroom. I'm so pleased with how much more interesting they look than my old photos 🙂