March 30, 2015 43

Raspberry Chamomile Coconut Cream Sodas

Raspberry Chamomile Coconut Cream Sodas | @withfoodandlove

One of the best things {maybe the only thing?} about moving to a brand new place in the dead of winter is slowly discovering what your world looks like in color. Winter is such a monochromatic scene of greys and browns, it’s pretty easy to lose sight of what your world looks like all vibrant and stuff. The past few weeks here in St. Louis have been like, full on solid springtime. The days have been warmer and sunnier and longer. The leaves on the trees are beginning to bud and the daffodils are now fully grown. And even though I can’t find very much locally sourced spring produce {mini rant on this here} – I consider myself pretty lucky as my east coast friends are still getting slammed with snow. I’m really sorry you guys!!

Since this blog is a reflection of my real life, I try to be as transparent as I can. A few weeks ago, I talked about eating pizza and how I try not to take my relationship with food all too seriously. Today I wanna talk about eating foods that are out of season in the wintertime. I get it, you get it, we all get it, eating locally sourced foods are good for us and good for our world and good for our economies. But also, it’s okay to bend the rules – especially to save your sanity. Because sometimes, in the dead of winter {or in the early spring before your farmers’ markets are open and any local produce is available you} you just need a little brightness in your life.

Raspberry Chamomile Coconut Cream Sodas | @withfoodandlove

Raspberry Chamomile Coconut Cream Sodas | @withfoodandlove

Raspberry Chamomile Coconut Cream Sodas | @withfoodandlove

I find myself craving foods {mainly fruits} like pineapple and mangoes and berries in the cold months. Kind of like how you find yourself daydreaming of lying on a beach in the Caribbean and all you want to do is take a vacation – and if you could get there, your brain would be in a much better place. I find it more than acceptable to buy these foods out of season, on occasion, when you need/want them. This past winter, I was on a real frozen raspberry kick. I bought them at Trader Joe’s by the cartload. I put them in smoothies, I put them in cereals and sometimes I just popped ’em back for a little frozen snack.

Today we’re blending those raspberries up with some relaxing chamomile tea for these super chill raspberry chamomile coconut cream sodas for my friend Emily‘s surprise baby shower. SURPRISE EMILY – you are such a ray of light bursting with positive energy and charming wit. So much love to you as you welcome your first human into this world. Emily today is for you, we love you. #EmsPigletParty!!

My friend Gina and I rounded up 18 bloggers who love and adore Emily as much as we do. Check them out, they’re all lovely and they’ve all made Emily some super delicious stuffs.

So…Let’s Hang Out
Cake Over Steak
Will Frolic For Food
Earthy Feast
Fix Feast Flair
Jewhungry
The Food Gays
Lady and Pups
Two Red Bowls
Beard and Bonnet
Dula Notes
A Little Saffron
The Bojon Gourmet
Nosh and Nourish
Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Tasty Yummies
I am a Food Blog
Dunk & Crumble
80twenty

Raspberry Chamomile Coconut Cream Sodas | @withfoodandlove

Raspberry Chamomile Coconut Cream Sodas {print me!}

Notes: I have only made these drinks with frozen raspberries, but I assume you can make them with fresh raspberries without any changes. This recipe will make about 8 drinks and it can be easily made into a double batch.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon loose chamomile tea
  • 2 tablespoons honey {or maple syrup or sugar}
  • 2 cups of frozen raspberries {+ more for garnish}
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 – 3 cans of club soda
  • ice
  • BOOZE! {optional, see below}

Bring the water to a boil, place the loose chamomile tea into a tea bag and steep the chamomile tea for 5 minutes. Discard the tea bag and set the tea aside to cool for a bit, once it’s warm add in the honey and stir to dissolve completely. Set the tea aside again and allow it to reach room temperature {you can put it in the refrigerator to speed up the process}. Blend the chamomile tea with the raspberries until smooth.

Fill a tall glass with ice, then add in the 1/4 cup of the raspberry mixture, a tablespoon of coconut milk and top the rest club soda. Give it a gentle stir + serve with a few raspberries on top.

Optional but highly recommended: add in a shot of your favorite booze!! Try RHUBARB by Art in the Age the flavors are magical together.

Enjoy responsibly!

43 Responses to "Raspberry Chamomile Coconut Cream Sodas"

  1. Reply

    Meg @ BeardandBonnet

    March 30, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Heck yes!!! I have a thing for homemade sodas and this going on my must make list asap. Man, this is one tasty baby shower you ladies put together.

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      Sherrie

      March 30, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      Thanks for celebrating with us, yay!!

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    Ileana

    March 30, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    These are crazy gorgeous drinks – that color! I can’t wait to try the raspberry, chamomile, and coconut combo.

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    March 30, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    These sound SO delicious – and what a perfect drink for a baby shower! Thanks so much to you guys for organizing this. :-)

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      Sherrie

      March 30, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      Thanks for celebrating with us Sara, so much love, xo!

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    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish

    March 30, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Lovely!! And I love the sense of balance that you exude. <3

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      Sherrie

      March 30, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      Thanks Kel, I’m always reaching for it at least.

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    Sarah

    March 30, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Looks delicious!

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    Renee (will frolic for food)

    March 30, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    yes! this looks delicious! i’ll be making this asap. <3

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    March 30, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    These drinks are perfection! And how fun! I Love The Pig & Quill. She is too stinking cute!

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    stephanie

    March 30, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    woot! thanks for hosting this shower for em! she’s is a ray of sunshine as is this smoothie!
    i always look at the sad raspberries when they’re out of season…and sometimes i buy them too. love that you’re honest about eating frozen berries. plus when they’re frozen, they double as ice :)

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    Grace @ Earthy Feast

    March 30, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    yay! Frozen berries for the win! I’m already in love with fizzy fruity drinks but you took it to a whole new level with the coconut cream! This sounds amazing, can’t wait to try! Thanks so much for hosting this awesome virtual party in honor of Emily! So much love!

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      Sherrie

      March 30, 2015 at 7:03 PM

      You bet Grace, thanks for hanging with us today!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    March 30, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    This is such a neat combination of flavours! I just love this drink :)

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    cynthia

    March 30, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Oh my gosh, how gorgeous is this cream soda! I love frozen fruit too — I’m with you girl, sometimes we just need that pop of brightness in the wintertime. These are incredible. Thanks for hosting this amazing shindig for Em, you guys are the best!! (And most importantly, CONGRATS on the Saveur nom, Sherrie!!!! So, so, so deserved!!)

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      Sherrie

      March 30, 2015 at 7:04 PM

      Thank you Cynthia! Still trying to wrap my head around it, so freaking crazy. And so many congrats to you, yay, see you in NYC!!

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    March 30, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Oh my goodness I am craving this cream soda so bad right now! Perfect for this 80 degree day <3 gorgeous! And super uber duper congrats on Saveur! Sherrie! So exciting I'm so stoked for you!!! <3

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      Sherrie

      March 30, 2015 at 7:04 PM

      I’m stoked for YOU – see you in NYC, xo!

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    Kris

    March 30, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Sometimes you just need that produce/wine/pizza/etc. to bring a little light into your life. I’m totally with you on this. Also, I love the taste cream soda and only don’t drink it because it’s totally awful for me. But this!?? I’ll drink this any day. Also, such beautiful photos, as per usual. xo

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      Sherrie

      May 3, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      This comment snuck by me! Thanks Kris, xo xo !!

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    Nicole

    March 31, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    How pretty!!! I also cheat with frozen raspberries year-round because they make everything better. I just love these cream sodas you made. And thanks for hosting the shower, it was fun to participate and surprise Emily :)

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    Alanna

    March 31, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    These look insanely good! I admit I’ve been making frozen mango green smoothies for months now; sometimes you just need a little edible sunshine, and lucky us to have technology that makes that possible. I’d do just about anything for one of these sodas right now, the chamomile sounds incredible.

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    Em @ the pig & quill

    March 31, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    So first off: thank you so much for teaming up with Gina to pull this whole surprise shindig together! It was seriously the most epic way to start my Monday — and to say I was surprised is a complete understatement. With all you both have on your plates, I’m just too completely honored that you dedicated the time to gathering such a lovely and talented group together for little ol’ me (and little ol’ mini-me). So again, from the sincerest corners of my (too often cynical) heart, thank you SO much, Sherrie. <3 And second: I'm absolutely obsessed with the idea of creaming a soda with coconut, which had never really crossed my mind (although I guess it makes an appearance in tropical cocktails all the time, so why the hell not!!). This sounds so sweetly refreshing and springy — and it's just dang festive. Beautiful pictures, too. :) Thanks again, sweet friend! xoxo! – em

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      Sherrie

      May 3, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      So much love to you girl, xo!!

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    Kathryn

    April 1, 2015 at 2:32 AM

    I am fully behind the use of frozen berries during the winter – I swear that I have more berries in my freezer than anything else. Life in these cold months can be so grey + boring otherwise. And I’ve so enjoyed reading this + all the other posts for Em’s baby shower!

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    aida mollenkamp

    April 1, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Gorgeous cream sodas, lovely! Such a perfect addition to this delicious baby shower!

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    The Holistic Herbivore

    April 1, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Wow these sound amazing! So unique and inventive! Great job!

  20. Reply

    Natasha | Ok, Last Bite.

    April 1, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    I am absolutely with you – a little out of season brightness to transport you to warmer, sunnier places is absolutely necessary in the cold months. Chamomile and raspberry sound like a dreamy combination of flavors, like a flowery fruity iced tea. Thank you for sharing!

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    Alana

    April 2, 2015 at 1:37 AM

    Thank you so much for hosting this amazing shower for Em. It was the sweetest thing to be able to do something special for such an awesome lady and to do it with all of you!! As for frozen berries, ain’t no shame in that. I love them year round! And I love this combination. Homemade sodas are the best, and I definitely feel like I need to make these soon. P.s. Huge congrats and major high-five action for your Saveur nod!!! Can’t wait to finally meet you in NYC!!

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      Sherrie

      April 2, 2015 at 8:44 AM

      Duuuude huge congrats to YOU – hell yeah NYC!! Whoa, I mean is this happening? I still feel like it’s all a dream, xo!

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    June+Burns

    April 4, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Those look delicious! Raspberry + chamomile sounds like an amazing combination :)

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    betty | le jus d'orange

    April 5, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    How did I not see this earlier? These cream sodas are gorgeous!! The perfect baby shower drink. And congrats on Saveur – and your presence in Sauce Mag!!!! Those amazing food mags in STL are a few of my most missed parts about STL. The food community is so great there. One of my friends writes the “Just Five” column for Sauce, so that magazine is definitely dear to me :). I still get copies from my friends when they visit from STL!!!!

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      Sherrie

      April 5, 2015 at 3:19 PM

      Hey Betty – oh yeah, for sure, Sauce and Feast have definitely helped me navigate STL and adapt a new life here in the Midwest. I was way honored to be included in their April issue. I love that your friends bring you copies, that’s so awesome. And thank you so much, I’m still on cloud nine about the Saveur nomination, feels too good to be true. All my love girl, xo!

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    Anna

    April 6, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Love your photography and it looks delicious :)

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      Sherrie

      April 6, 2015 at 10:35 AM

      Thanks so much Anna, xo!

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    heather

    April 7, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    gorgeous photos per usual. i need to make this asap – probably with booze ;)

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      Sherrie

      May 3, 2015 at 9:55 PM

      Yessss – booze it up!!

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    Whit @ Jewhungry

    April 8, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    This is simply stunning!! Oh my goodness. What a beautiful idea. With food + love, indeed. xoxo

  27. Reply

    Jasmin

    April 25, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    combining chamomile, raspberries and all others goodies is such a lovely idea… I will probably try it for one of those crazy night time summer parties …

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    Nielson

    May 5, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Looks delicious. Raspberry is very healthy and help with regularity. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Erin

    December 17, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Ok… I am OBSESSING over this recipe right now! Not only is is stunning, it looks irresistibly incredible! I need to make this ASAP. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. Your amazing!! xx

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