Lemon and strawberry are two great summer flavors and I’ve been seeing Strawberry Lemonade photos come up quite a bit this summer on Pinterest. So I thought I’d try a recipe out from Better Homes and Gardens. I added a little more strawberries and also more lemon juice than the original recipe calls for because I like things really lemony! It’s the perfect drink to sip on as you’re sitting on your patio on a sunny summer day! Summer is going by much too fast, so maybe taking some time to enjoy Strawberry Lemonade will help slow it down! :)
STRAWBERRY LEMONADE by NancyC, adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
Makes 8 servings
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 4 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled (I chopped the strawberries into chunks before measuring out the 2 cups)
- 1 1/4 cups lemon juice, or the juice of 5 to 6 lemons
- 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 and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Fill pitcher with crushed ice or ice cubes.
If you want to add a special touch, garnish 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.
I think it’s fun to make fruit-flavored variations of lemonade! Do you make lemonade often?