Finding the Perfect Summer Drink: Roasted Peach & Strawberry Fizz

Thanks to BuzzFeed Food and Pinterest, finding the perfect summer drink is even easier than a cookbook.

Just recently, I stumbled across the perfect link on BuzzFeed to a list of refreshing, non-alcoholic summer drinks (https://www.buzzfeed.com/realsimplegood/10-light-and-refreshing-non-alcoholic-summer-drink-2cs3v).  Out of the ten recipes, the one that caught my eye the most was the recipe for Roasted Peach & Strawberry Fizz.  It sounded so unusual and different due to the fact that it had the word “roast” in it, but it only intrigued me more to want to make it and try it for myself.

Spoiler alert: it’s actually really good.

(Link for the recipe: http://www.useyournoodles.eu/roasted-peach-strawberry-fizz/)

Ingredients:

3 Peaches

600 g Strawberries

1 1/2 Cup of Apple Juice

1 1/2 Cup of Sparkling Water

Crushed Ice

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 (degrees fahrenheit)

2. Cut peaches and strawberries in half (and remove the pits from the peaches)

3. Place the fruit on a baking tray with foil and bake for 25 minutes

4. Take out tray and let cool for 10 minutes

5. Remove the skins from the peaches and and blend the peaches together with apple juice in a blender

6. Blend the strawberries separately 

7. Combine both blends together into one glass with ice, and enjoy!

 

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After gathering all of the ingredients, and placing them on the baking tray and into the oven, bake for 25 minutes and then allow 10 minutes for cooling.

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Once cool, remove the peach skin and blend the peaches and strawberries separately.

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Once blended, combine into one glass and enjoy!

I would highly recommend this recipe, as well as the nine others on the list for those who want to enjoy a new drink recipe for the summer and try something new.

Playing Tourist in my Own State: Bellingham, Washington

Perfect summer weather is probably the best excuse for an adventure.  Sticking to my summer goal of exploring more of my home-state, this weekend led me up north to Bellingham, Washington.  The Friday night drive on I-5 with my dog took a huge turn when my car broke down right in the middle of the freeway in what felt like the middle of no where in farmland.  After about an hour of sitting on the side of the freeway with people pulling over to see what was up, I was finally able to get back on my way (thank god for AAA, and my dad’s car who saved the day).

Starting Saturday off right, I played tourist on the Western Washington University campus and enjoyed a fun little trip down to the water to Boulevard Park.

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Walking through Red Square on campus was relaxing and a great way to enjoy quiet and peaceful scenery.  Walking by the campus’ famous fountain and its artwork was like walking through an outdoor museum.  What made it even more enjoyable was the cloudless sky and the beaming sunlight.

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Walking by all of the brick buildings was a picture perfect landscape setting with each flower bed garden and colorful assortment of flowers.  Walking by each flower bed, I just couldn’t resist taking pictures of each.

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Ending Saturday’s adventure at Boulevard Park on the water was probably my favorite part of the day.  The park had the perfect little boardwalk next to the train tracks, a cafe, and beach rocks next to the water.  Not only was it fun for me, but also for my dog who loved wandering the little beach area.  After visiting one of Bellingham’s beach parks, it only makes me want to explore the rest and adventure more around Bellingham on this fun weekend trip.