For today's DIY Friday-- I thought I'd do something a little different and show how to make a refreshing non-alcoholic drink that you could serve at a shower and still include the mama-to- be. This would also be great at brunch and be incredibly refreshing to serve family and friends.
12 ounces frozen raspberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
6-7 packets Sweet'N Low *
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup half & half cream
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-2 bottle non-alcoholic sparkling wine, sparkling cider, or ginger ale
In a medium sauce pan set on low/medium heat, pour raspberries and diced or frozen strawberries in pot. Allow berries to get soft and soupy, about 10 minutes. Pour in 6-7 Sweet'N Low packets to sweeten berries. Be sure to taste berries after 4 packets because some berries are sweeter than others, then adjust sweetness to desired taste. Using a spatula, stir Sweet'N Low well then add honey. Stir mixture and continue to heat for another 5 minutes. Take off heat and allow to sit for a few minutes. Puree or blend mixture in a blender well. Place fine mesh strainer/colander over measuring cup and pour liquid through. Tap strainer on cup to push liquid through, working in batches. Move seeds to small bowl and continue to use strainer to separate the remaining liquid from the seeds.
Once complete, run a little of the half & half cream through the strainer with the seeds to remove any additional liquid; I got an additional 1/4 cup raspberry liquid doing this. Pour remainder of cream into raspberry liquid and stir to combine. Add a splash of vanilla extract and stir. Pour into an ice cube try and freeze or pour into plastic bowl and freeze for at least 4 hours.
When ready to serve, pour sparkling wine into glass and add cubes.