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Strawberry Cream Sparkler - Guest Post by Linda Villano, SerendipiTea

Sunday, August 21st 2016 @ 6:17 PM

My ever-creative friend Judith Krall-Russo (Food Historian/Tea Specialist) shares her latest original recipe, Strawberry Cream Sparkler.  An absolute treat for the remaining days of the season, Judith writes “Since we are in the Dog Days of summer, I wanted to create another cool beverage for this sultry time of year. Strawberries seemed to be the perfect choice.”

Photo credit Paul Russo


Strawberry Cream Sparkler

3-4 organic strawberries

3 oz. Strictly Strawberry Tisane from SerendipiTea

2 teaspoons of rich simple syrup

1 - 2 tablespoons of vanilla ice cream

Cold seltzer water

Brew Strictly Strawberry (Organic, Caffeine-Free Fruit Blend) from SerendipiTea double strength, 2 teaspoons of tisane to 6 ounces of water. Steep for 5 minutes. Strain. Chill.


Photo credit SerendipiTea


Wash and remove green stems from strawberries and cut into pieces. Put the strawberries in a blender with 2 teaspoons of rich simple syrup and 3 ounces of brewed and chilled Simply Strawberry. Puree until smooth. 

Pour strawberry/tisane puree in a tall glass that has several ice cubes. Add the ice cream. Top with 1- 2 ounces of cold seltzer water. Sip slowly and savor.

Rich Simple Syrup – Two parts white granulated sugar to one-part water. Combine in sauce pan over medium/low heat. Sir occasionally until sugar melts. Cool.


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~ Linda Villano, SerendipiTea

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LINDA VILLANO co-founded in 1995 with Tomislav Podreka. With a passion for all things Tea, she oversees all aspects of the business; including client consulting, concept and design, staff training, sourcing and product development (recipe creations). Having grown up in a family of restaurateurs and chefs, she considers her role as a purveyor of premium teas & tisanes a natural continuation of her family’s culinary tradition.   Linda is a published illustrator and writer. Her illustrations appear in Tomislav Podreka’s book, SerendipiTea: a guide to the varieties, origins and rituals of tea, and she writes articles about tea for trade publications.

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