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{4th of July} Fresh Strawberry Margaritas

When it comes to celebrating the 4th of July, a frosty adult beverage is a must. Nothing says land of the free and home of the brave like this fresh strawberry “ame-rita.” My family and I recently went strawberry picking at Polzin Farm in Cedarburg. We got a bit over zealous and found ourselves with over nine pounds of strawberries when it was all said and done. These strawberries don’t even resemble what you buy in the grocery store. They are bright red and bursting with juices.

Make this strawberry margarita for your BBQ or parade watching this weekend. With a little festive garnish, you re-create this Mexican treat into an old American favorite.

Fresh Strawberry Margarita

3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
1/2 C. tequila
1/4 C. sugar
juice of 2 limes
approx. 10 ice cubes
5-6 mint leaves, chopped (optional)
Fresh strawberries and blueberries for garnish

In a blender, puree strawberries, tequila, lime juice and sugar until smooth. Add ice and blend. Mix in mint. Pour and serve.

Looking for other goodies to cook up for your 4th of July BBQ? Try some of these HAP favorites!

Wishing you a safe and wonderful holiday weekend! What are you eating this 4th of July?

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Pineapple Chai

Last week I had the HAP ladies over for an evening meeting.  It has been a HOT summer here in Wisconsin and I wanted to serve something cold and refreshing that we could enjoy outdoors.

I came across this Pineapple Chai recipe in my Fresh Home Magazine.  It was the perfect recipe for a nonalcoholic summer cocktail.  It becomes thick and frothy in the blender and is only slightly sweet.  The black pepper is a surprising but perfect flavor booster.

Pineapple Chai
2 cups water
2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
2 chai flavored black tea bags
2 cups ice cubes
1/2 cup 2% milk
2 Tbsp honey
Pineapple sliced into stir sticks
ground black pepper

In a large pan, bring water and pineapple juice to a boil. Add the tea bags, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 mins.

Discard the tea bags and refrigerate the pineapple chai mixture overnight or until chilled.

Place the pineapple chai mixture, ice, milk and honey in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into 4 glasses and top with freshly ground black pepper and a pineapple stir stick.

Sip, enjoy and relax!

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