Tuesday, September 8, 2015

[Gluten-Free] Raspberry Lime Spritzer

Last Thursday, I found myself in a situation that I have never been in before... I was in a grocery store shopping for a non-food item. This was totally uncharted territory for me. Frankly, it was weirding me out. How did I get in such a predicament, you ask. Well, it all started when I was on my way home from the gym. I was actually thinking to myself how nice it was that I didn't need to make my normal grocery store pit stop since I had dinner waiting for us in the fridge (homemade chicken soup!). But then it hit me... we desperately needed trash bags. Oh brother, looks like I was going to make the pit stop whether I liked it or not.

Luckily, there's a grocery store on the way to my house. I pulled in, parked, and thought to myself, "Okay, just trash bags. Nothing else." (If you follow me on instagram, you already know where this is going...) So there I was in the "household products" aisle when all of a sudden I thought, "Raspberry-Lime Spritzer." Seriously, it just popped into my head. I have no idea where it came from. I've never even had a raspberry-lime spritzer!

But I knew I had to have it.

Before I knew it, I was at the cash register with the weirdest purchase ever: trash bags, frozen raspberries, and limes. I raced home and whipped up the easiest Raspberry-Lime Spritzer! It totally satisfied my craving. But to be honest, posting the recipe wasn't even on my radar until I made it for Patrick the next night. He absolutely fell in love with it! When I saw his reaction to the delicious drink, I just had to share it with you. Also, I must confess to you that I have made this recipe three times since Thursday. Sure I might be crazy, but it's that good.

And you know what they say, one man's trash bags is another mans spritzer!

Or something like that... Cheers!

[Gluten-Free] Raspberry Lime Spritizer
This is one of the most refreshing drinks I have ever had. It's perfectly light and just slightly sweet. And if you prefer it to be sweeter, just add more agave nectar. For me, this is the perfect way to toast to the end of summer!

Makes 2 drinks

1¼ cups frozen or fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (1-2 small limes)
2 tablespoons light agave nectar
2 cups sparkling water
lime slices, for garnish, optional

Add the raspberries and lime juice in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and use a wooden spoon to mash the raspberries and lime juice together until it is a thick puree, this should take about 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the agave nectar. Pour half the mixture through a metal sieve. Use a spoon to squeeze the pulp against the strainer to get all the juice out. Discard the pulp and repeat with the other half of the mixture. This should give you about ½ cup of liquid.

Fill two glasses with ice and pour half of the raspberry liquid into each glass. Top each glass with 1 cup of sparkling water. Stir to combine. Garnish with lime slices, if using. Cheers!

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