Strawberries and beetroot? Yes! It works well and this fizzy cooler is one of my most requested drinks. Choose to make this an alcoholic or nonalcoholic cooler. Either way, it will taste fabulous.

With a food processor, this drink takes less than 5 minutes to make. This freezes very well and will keep for months. See the bottled ones featured in the image above? Those went into the freezer but it only stayed frozen for a short time. No one as yet has owned up to drinking it up. My advice? Make a big batch and freeze. This drink is perfect for slow sipping.

Here are 2 drinks made with the Strawberry Beetroot Cordial. The taller glass is topped with sparkling soda. The shorter one? A shot of rum, muddled mint, sparkling soda and lots of ice!

Strawberry Beetroot fizz

Prep: 5 minutes 
Cook:
Inactive:
Level: Very easy
Makes: ~4 cups of cordial 
Oven Temperature:
Can recipe be doubled? Yes.
Make ahead? Freezes up to 2 months and possibly longer

Ingredients

1 lb (450g) frozen strawberries
1 and 1/4 cups unsweetened beetroot juice*
1 and 1/2 cups sugar*
Carbonated water . For instance, Soda Stream/seltzer/soda water/sparkling mineral water
OR
Prosecco or similar alcoholic bubbly
*More or less to suit your taste.

Method

1. No need to defrost strawberries. Combine first 3 ingredients in a food processor and blitz until smooth. If strawberry pips bothers you then strain the liquid, but really, it is not a big deal. Your strawberry jam probably has more pips in them!
2. Transfer into clean jars/bottles, cover and refrigerate or freeze.  Alternatively, freeze in ice cube trays and then transfer them into freezer bags.
3. To make yourself a drink, pour enough cordial into a glass cup and then top only 3/4 full with fizzy liquid of your choice. Stir gently to mix. Do not fill more than 3/4 full as the bubbles will likely spill over.

Tips

Don’t like or can’t have strawberries?
If you can’t have strawberries, I have a similar drink where a bag of frozen raspberries is used instead. My Frozen Red Raspberry Fizzy was my official 2015 year-end festive beverage. I had to remake that drink many times as people were asking for more! Only drawback with using raspberry is, you have to sieve out the seeds. My advice, make a big, big batch and freeze.

How else can I use the cordial/syrup?
The cordial is wonderful over pancakes, waffles, vanilla ice cream, yogurt lassi and on a spoon, sipped slowly.

What to do with the remaining bottled beetroot juice?
Here is a link to possibly one of the easiest beetroot soups, Cold & Crazy Pink Beetroot Soup. Since bottled beetroot is ready to drink, it is so easy to serve this soup and because of its mad festive colour, it will look great on your year-end dinner party table. 

WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT?

Another drink but one that you probably have not had before. Tart and sweet. This fruit based drink is especially good with spicy food or any time really. It’s a drink I always order at this particular Vietnamese restaurant. Tamarind Drink With A Spoonful Of Peanuts – a definite thirst quencher and you get to fish the peanuts out with a long spoon.

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