Last fall I was in Chicago and had breakfast at a fantastic restaurant called Yolk. They had probably the best breakfast/brunch menu I have ever seen, with an absolutely amazing variety of options to choose from. I think it took me nearly 30 minutes to order because I could hardly even begin to narrow it down. I ended up having peach cobble crepes (::drool::), and some strawberry orange juice to drink. It was so refreshing and delicious, and the perfect spin on plain old OJ. I completely intended to try making it at home, and then promptly forgot about it. Then last week I saw this recipe online and remembered how much I had loved it before, so I decided this would be a fun accompaniment for our breakfast of fresh cinnamon raisin bagels. The flavor is nicely balanced between the strawberry and the orange, so if you prefer one over the other you can easily adjust the recipe to suit your own tastes. I tossed a couple of orange slices into our glasses for a sweet surprise at the end of the drink. I definitely plan on going back to Yolk in the future to try more things on their outstanding menu, but until then I’m glad I can make this drink at home.
Strawberry Orange Juice
12 strawberries, hulled and quartered
6 oranges, plus more for garnish
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract or seeds scraped from 1/3 vanilla bean
Place the quartered strawberries in a blender or food processor and puree. Juice the oranges directly into the blender or food processor. Add the vanilla and blend until smooth. Pour the juice through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher with ice cubes to remove the strawberry seeds. Serve with fresh orange sections, and garnish with strawberries if desired.
Source: adapted from Cooking Books