Given the choice between strawberry and chocolate milk, chocolate reigns supreme. If you need concrete proof, just poll your local preschool classroom at lunchtime. Those sweet little faces with the discerning palates will choose chocolate every time and then, with their eyes locked on yours, proceed to pour the strawberry milk out on the floor in front of you, as if to say “how dare you even suggest I drink such a revolting beverage?” Never mind that you just watched them eat dirt five minutes earlier. But I digress.
I, too, am a lover of chocolate milk. But I’ve always thought that strawberry milk never really got a fair shake.
Enter: this fool-proof homemade strawberry milk.
It turns out that if you blend real, honest-to-goodness strawberries with milk, sugar, and buttermilk, magic happens. Instead of the sickly sweet strawberry Nesquik from our childhood, you get a creamy, perfectly pink, lightly sweetened, unbelievably delightful treat. Happiness in a glass.
Recipe courtesy of Gabrielle Hamilton
Active time: 15 minutes
Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes, plus overnight
Makes 8 8-ounce glasses
1 pound strawberries, trimmed and sliced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 cups milk
1 cup buttermilk
Mix strawberries and sugar in a bowl. Let them sit for at least one hour until they’re syrupy. Blend strawberries and juices until smooth. Pour into a pitcher with milk and buttermilk. Stir.
Let mixture sit overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, stir and serve.
I have no idea how long this will keep in the fridge because we’ve never made it past day 1. Feel free to comment if you happen to have leftovers!