With all this hot weather, lemonade sure sounds good, doesn’t it? But how about switching it up a little and adding some strawberries for a nice big pitcher of Strawberry Lemonade? Lemon and strawberry are two great summer flavors, and you just can’t go wrong combining them!
I tried a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens and added a little more strawberries and also more lemon juice than the original recipe calls for to add extra flavor. It’s the perfect drink to sip on as you’re sitting on your patio on a sunny summer day! Or as you’re sitting inside in the air conditioning on a super hot day! Take some time to relax and enjoy some Strawberry Lemonade when you get a chance!
STRAWBERRY LEMONADE by NancyC
Makes 8 servings
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 cups water
2 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and cut into chunks
1 1/4 cups lemon juice, or the juice of 5 to 6 lemons
Optional: 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
Optional: additional whole or halved strawberries and lemon slices for garnish
Combine 1 cup of the sugar and 1 cup of the water in a small saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Set this syrup mixture aside to cool.
Combine remaining 3 cups water, 1/2 cup sugar, and the strawberries in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer this mixture to a 2–quart pitcher; add the cooled syrup, lemon juice, and lemon zest, if using. Stir to combine. Fill pitcher with crushed ice or ice cubes.
If you want to add a special touch, garnish the pitcher and/or each glass of lemonade with lemon slices and/or fresh strawberries.
NOTE: To make ahead, prepare the lemonade mixture as directed, but do not add ice. Cover and chill up to 8 hours. Add ice and serve.
Recipe from NancyC | nancy-c.com
I think it’s fun to make fruit-flavored variations of lemonade! Do you make lemonade often?