Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

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This is the third new recipe for strawberry lemonade that I’ve tried this season, but it’s the first that I found worthy enough to post.  Get ready with those strawberries and lemons for a fast, easy, and delicious thirst quencher!

The first recipe I tried called for a simple syrup along with fresh strawberries and lemons.  It was a more involved recipe, but I didn’t mind because I was sure that the strawberry lemonade would be worth the effort.  Unfortunately, the recipe also called for sparkling water which made it taste so odd that I ended up throwing it all out after a couple of token glasses.  Ixnay on the sparkling water!

After having been disappointed with my first attempt, I went for the easy route on the second try with a recipe that called for a package of strawberry gelatin.  I mean, really—what was I thinking?  I shouldn’t have been at all surprised when it tasted artificial to me.  Out that went as well.

As they say, the third time’s the charm!  All you need are four ingredients—fresh lemons, fresh strawberries, sugar and water.  Throw them all in a blender and purée to your desired consistency.  Couldn’t be simpler or more delicious!

One year ago:  Flourless Nut Cake

Two years ago:  Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 5-8 lemons)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups sliced, fresh strawberries
  • 4 cups cold water

Directions

Combine the lemon juice and sugar in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds to combine.  Add the strawberries and purée or pulse until the strawberries are either at your level of desired pulpiness or totally puréed.  Keep in mind that you cannot totally liquefy the strawberries, but you can get it fairly smooth.

Pour the lemon/strawberry mixture into a pitcher and add 4 cups of cold water.  Mix well and serve chilled.

Makes about half a gallon of lemonade.

Source:  Recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Café

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