it's getting hot out there and we're facing the transition season in indonesia. even more i live in a small island. it's very obvious, the wind blows more strongly and most of people get sick (including me!). so i think about making an energy drink to be able to stand upright through this season. a natural one.
my choice fell into this easy to make drink. strawberry lemonade. i saw this amazing recipe on rasamalaysia, one of my favorite food & drink recipe websites. this recipe uses coconut water as one of the main ingredients. that's the reason why i immediately fell in love with it. it contains many benefits such as prevent dehydration, balance the electrolyte content, help improving digestion and too many too mention. in 2000, FAO even named coconut water as a natural energy drink.
i modified the original recipe. the original recipe uses raspberry not strawberry. you know, the price of raspberry ;) besides the raspberry replacement, i think a bit addition of honey would perfecting the taste. i always love the idea of combining lemon and honey.
here's the recipe:
150 gr strawberries
4 cups fresh coconut water, pulp discarded
5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 tablespoons sugar or honey
2 cups ice
Lemon wedges, for garnishing
step by step:
1. rinse the strawberries and drained. transfer the strawberries into a blender and puree it.
2. in a pitcher, combine pureed strawberry, coconut water, lemon juice and sugar together, stir to mix well. if you are using sugar, make sure that the sugar is completely dissolved. add the ice to the pitcher and pour the strawberry lemonade into glasses and garnish with lemon wedges.
enjoy your healthy-natural-refreshing-detox-energy drink!
recipe modified from rasamalaysia