Thursday, July 14, 2011

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Summertime conjures up several things in my head, along with longer days, picnics, and abundant fresh produce..lemonade happens to be one of those things. The association with lemonade and summer may be from one to many cartoons as a kid where every child on TV raised money for toys by setting up lemonade stands in the summertime. Growing up my favorite was pink country time lemonade but as a adult I need my pink lemonade to be preservative free.  I decided to experiment with some extra strawberries and lemons that were in the house. I thought that it couldn't be a complete waste since the ingredients were so just had to work. The lemonade came out deliciously refreshing with just the perfect amount of sweet strawberry to compliment the tart lemons. Whip this up quick, put some ice in a glass and enjoy!

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
makes 1 gallon
1 pint fresh strawberries, washed and hulled (frozen berries can be used)
1 cup fresh lemon juice (I used 2 limes extra to contrast)
honey or sugar to taste
4 cups hot water
cold water

- Place strawberries in blender along with 1/2 cup of the lemon juice and process on liquefy.
- Strain strawberry liquid into a fine mesh colander over a gallon pitcher. Discard the seeds and pulp.
- Mix the remaining lemon juice into strawberry liquid along with hot water.
- Let that mixture sit for 10-20 minutes and then add in cold water to fill the rest of the pitcher.
- Sweeten lemonade with sugar or honey to taste.
- Serve ice cold with a lemon wedge!

**This recipe can also be made with essentialy any fruit you desire, fresh or frozen.
**You can also use sparkling water to make this extra refreshing and festive.

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