There is a sudden influx of strawberries at the markets lately, have you noticed? I bought some just yesterday and as I cut a few up to munch on this afternoon, the aroma of the beautiful berries wafting up to my nose, I suddenly remembered one of the best strawberry experiences I’ve had, ever: strawberry water.
This recipe is from none other than my dad, who long ago whipped up this simple, delicate drink one hot summer day when I was a young child. I recall that very day, when there happened to be no soda, juice or other interesting soft drinks around the house. My brother and I clamored for something sweet, you know — that little something you crave on a sweltering day. Miraculously, my dad proceeded to make a wonderful bowl of sweet water infused with strawberries.
He sliced a few strawberries — you don’t even need that many — and added them to a big glass bowl filled with water, ice, and plenty of sugar. My brother and I watched with a fair amount of skepticism. Just water and those few slices of strawberries? What’s that gonna do? Still, we watched. Stir, stir, stir is all he did. Slowly, the sugar dissolved and the juice from the sliced strawberries mingled with the water, coloring it an oh-so-pale pink. He stirred some more, gave it to us in a cup and ALAS — how divine it was! I decided to try it for myself and here it is.
Mind you, this is not a strawberry drink; it truly is a flavored water. So if you’re imagining something robust, then this recipe is not for you. The strawberry flavor is very soft, which I think makes it all the more appealing.
All you need is a bowl of water, about five sliced strawberries, and sugar. Stir together until the water turns pink. I found myself smashing the strawberries with a ladle to coax the juices a bit. Measure your sugar to taste. You’ll likely need to put a fair amount of sugar, as that’s what makes this so tasty. Pour over ice and enjoy! Ideal for warm days, sitting out in the sun.