Strawberry-kaffir sweet & sour
Total time: 20 minutes, plus several days marinating time
Servings: Makes about 5 cups sweet & sour
Note: From Josef Centeno of Baco Mercat. Kaffir lime leaves can generally be found in Thai and East Asian markets. The sweet & sour syrup also can be used in cocktails; add to taste with your favorite clear spirit and top with soda.
3 cups strawberries
2 kaffir lime leaves
1 quart Champagne vinegar
4 cups sugar
1. In a large, 2-quart glass jar, mash the strawberries. Pour over the vinegar and cover with a non-metal lid. Place in a cool, dark place for 7 to 10 days.
2. Pour the strawberry mixture into a medium stainless steel pot and add the sugar, kaffir lime leaves and a pinch of salt. Boil the mixture for 10 minutes.
3. Strain the mixture into sterilized jars and cool.
4. To serve with soda water, mix 1 part sweet & sour with 4 parts soda water over ice and serve immediately.