Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade


I've been really bored this summer, so I've really honed in on my homemade food making skillz. Today's beverage of choice is strawberry lemonade. I've had a weird craving for lemonade these past few weeks, but Country Time makes my throat feel weird (plus it just doesn't taste fresh), so I was forced to find an alternative. 

Thanks to Janet over at Simply So Good, I now have the most delish homemade lemonade recipe out there. I constantly have a quart jar of it in my fridge, and today I decided to switch things up a bit.


Fresh-Squeezed Strawberry Lemonade (adapted from Simply So Good)

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice (no seeds)
  • Cold water
  • Ice
  • 8-10 strawberries

Directions:
  • Heat water and sugar in a sauce pain until sugar dissolves and the simple syrup you just made boils. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Add lemon juice to syrup. Put in quart jar and let cool.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend strawberries together until they are of a liquid consistency. Add to lemonade syrup and stir.
  • When ready to drink, add 1/4 cup of mixture to 3/4 cup of water and serve over ice. 

Now if you make this recipe and decide to forego the strawberries, the lemonade syrup will keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge. When making with strawberries, this mixture will keep no later then 3-4 days, so you may want to add strawberry puree into individual glasses if you are not going to use up your mixture in those few days.

Enjoy!



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