The third post in our recipe series for the month of April, perfect picnic recipes from Kelsi Windmiller!
This week I am sharing a simple picnic recipe for homemade soda. Strawberries are looking pretty good at the market lately, so pick some up before your next picnic! If you have never used vanilla beans before, you will be hooked. They smell amazing and pair perfectly with fresh strawberries. The syrup can be made up to a week ahead of time. When you are ready to head out to your picnic, all you will need in some sparkling water to mix it with and voila – homemade strawberry vanilla bean soda!
Strawberry & Vanilla Bean Soda
2c cut strawberries
1 vanilla bean
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Sparking water and jars
Combine the sugar and water in a small sauce pot and bring to a simmer. Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds out with the back of your knife. Add the strawberries, seeds, and the rest of the vanilla bean to the pot. Stir occasionally and bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat. Let cool for a few minutes and then add the lemon juice. Remove the vanilla bean and puree all other ingredients together in a blender. Spoon about three tablespoons of syrup into each jar and pack away for your picnic. Pick up a cold bottle of seltzer water on your way to mix. Enjoy!