Strawberry wine spritzers!

One of my favorite things about summertime (besides rummage sales) are strawberries.  I haven’t been strawberry picking in forever and each summer I say I am going to go and I don’t.  Maybe next year I will.  My goal is to pick a bunch of strawberries and freeze ’em so I can have the delicious taste of local strawberries all year.  Supermarket strawberries are good, but they aren’t anywhere near as tasty as local berries.

I have been back on a wine spritzer kick this summer.  I got it in my head that I wanted to make wine spritzers with strawberry wine last week and I was delighted that my friend came over to try them with me and to have a little snack as well!

I served sliced radishes and cucumbers (both from local farms) with a sprinkling of Gorgonzola cheese, a splash of balsamic vinegar, some Himalayan pink salt and fresh ground pepper, and topped with a Nasturtium grown in my garden.  We also had some fresh Vienna loaf spread with butter.

Here’s a close up:

Interesting fact:  the spoon you see in this photo was my Gram’s.  She used it in her sugar bowl for as long as I can remember.  My mom recently gave the spoon to me and she said Gram used it for as long as she can remember too!  That aluminum coaster was also my Gram’s.  I have a set of six in a little holder.  They take me back to being a little girl and having to use coasters at her house.  If you come to my house, I will make you use a coaster too.  I am coaster crazy!  Perhaps it’s hereditary.

If you want to try to make these wine spritzers, just know that I tend to go a little heavier on wine than spritzer, hee hee.

For starters, I used this New York strawberry wine.  It was very good.  Next, I plucked some spearmint from my garden and tore the leaves up and put them at the bottom of the glass along with some sliced local strawberries.  I think this is where a muddler would have come in handy, but I don’t have one, yet.  I added a generous (look at the size of these glasses!) slug of the wine and topped everything off with about a half a cup of seltzer (although club soda would have worked as well).  Add a strawberry to the rim of the glass and you have one refreshing and tasty strawberry wine spritzer!

Here’s an outfit from a while back.  I haven’t been taking photos or doing much with myself since we found out my father in law was sick.

When I took this photo, I was melting!  Outfit details: robin’s egg blue cardigan-consignment shop, dress-retail, but very cheap on clearance, tights-retail, very old knee boots-retail, necklace-retail, baby tomato plants-volunteers from last year,waiting to be put in the garden.

Here’s a close up, because who doesn’t love a close up?

I love this necklace. I saw it on a the checkout clerk at the grocery store and I asked where she got it. I went out and got one the next day. It’s so darn fun!

I hope you are all doing swell, blog friends.  I still haven’t made my “crab” patties, but I plan on it soon.  Also, I have a new idea for fried green tomatoes, and heaven knows I have plenty of green tomatoes in the garden this year.  Have a great day everyone and keep cooking!

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  1. Good to have you back, big hugs to you both!
    That salad looks delicious and I’m now wishing I hadn’t just given the tortoise our strawberry crop an hour ago, I could just drink a glass of strawberry wine!
    Fab frock, groovy beads! x

  2. Sweetie!
    O,my,that is one creative and delicious looking salad!I was just thinking not 5 minutes ago that I can’t wait for salad season!!!
    Strawberry wine spritzers?!OOOOO,I adore strawberries,so this is a must try for me!There is a company here in NZ called Barkers, who make all manner of delicious condiments.They used to make a starwberry wine,many years ago,which I loved!But they stopped making it,poo.A company in Nelson does make a gorgeous boysenberry wine,which suffices….actually,I ahven’t had that in ages!
    Hope your father in law is on the mend.

  3. I saw it in a magazine, but they put some sort of lemon vinaigrette dressing on it. I thought it would taste better with Gorgonzola and balsamic. Hell, most things taste better with Gorgonzola and balsamic vinegar. I have had boysenberry jam and soda, but not wine. There is a NY wine that I love called “Cranberry Bog.” Perfect for autumn or anytime!

  4. Thank you, sweetheart 🙂 The salad was so good, I bought more radishes and our garden is actually producing cukes (we had no luck last year) and I will be making it again this week.

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