Recipe: Strawberry-kaffir sweet & sour

Strawberry & Kaffir Sweet and Sour mix.
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

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



Soda water

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.

Each ¼ cup serving: 164 calories; 0 protein; 42 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 0 fat; 0 cholesterol; 41 grams sugar; 1 mg sodium.