There’s a little nostalgia here, with this pastel pink, slightly sweet, summer drink. Some of us (of a certain age) may remember a variation of strawberry milk from our childhood. It was mixed up from a powder, similar to a chocolate milk version. The color and flavor were distinctly not natural, but it was different, and very trendy, for a time. My version here is a natural and delicious strawberry milk, the perfect summer beverage.This is milk, strawberries, a little sweetening, and nothing more. You can serve it in glasses, with fancy straws, or turn it into a float, with a scoop of vanilla or strawberry ice cream. It’s refreshing, and satisfying enough to serve as dessert. It’s also a great use for over-ripe fruit, and the last spoonfuls of jam in the jar at the back of the refrigerator. Give this a try and see if you don’t agree. Enjoy!
A delicious summer drink made of nothing more than milk, strawberries, and a little sweetening. It's light but rich-tasting and simple to make. Plan ahead so you can chill it overnight.
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 heaping tablespoons strawberry jam, or preserves
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup buttermilk
Combine the strawberries and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Let them stand for at least an hour (longer if time allows), until very syrupy. Transfer the strawberries and their juices to a blender container and add the strawberry jam. Blend until perfectly smooth. Combine the strawberry puree, whole milk, and buttermilk in a large pitcher. Cover and chill overnight. Stir gently to re-combine and serve cold. The strawberry milk will keep in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
The original recipe is from Gabrielle Hamilton's cookbook "Prune". This version is an adaptation from "Smitten Kitchen" blog.