Creamy Strawberry Sipper
- 4 cups sliced strawberries
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- 4 cups milk (whole)
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 cup crème de cacao (optional)
- 1/2 cup vodka (optional)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Whole strawberries (optional)
- Ice cubes
*These values are approximate. Per serving, based on a 2,000 Calorie diet.
In medium saucepan combine strawberries, sugar and water. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat. Gently simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Mash with potato masher. Simmer for 2 minutes more.
Set fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Press strawberry mixture through strainer, extracting as much juice as possible. Skim off and discard any foam from the strawberry juice surface. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to 1 week. (You should have about 2 cups juice.)
Before serving, stir together milk, half-and-half, crème de cacao (if desired), vodka (if desired) and vanilla. Stir in cold strawberry syrup. Pour into pitcher. Place 1 or 2 ice cubes in twelve 8- to 10-ounce glasses. Pour strawberry mixture over ice cubes. Garnish with fresh strawberries (if desired).