Sweet ripe strawberries are macerated with sugar and jalapeños for a sweet, hot and totally refreshing summer drink. Like Strawberry Shortcake wearing hot pants.
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- 1 quart strawberries, hulled and split in quarters lengthwise
- 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed, cut into 4 pieces
- 3/4 cup sugar
- pinch salt
- 1 cup fresh juice from 10 to 12 lemons
- 3 cups cold water
- 1 quart ice
Combine strawberries, jalepeño slices, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl and toss to coat. Let rest for 30 minutes.
Remove and discard jalapeño slices. Set aside 1 cup of macerated strawberries for garnish. Transfer remaining strawberries and any exuded juices and syrup into a blender. Add lemon juice. Blend on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Discard solids. Add reserved strawberries and cold water and whisk to combine. Add ice. Serve in ice-filled glasses garnished with a strawberry and a jalapeño slice.