Tuesday, June 30, 2015

fresh strawberry lemonade

The Littles and I made strawberry lemonade on our first official day of Summer break.

We make fresh lemonade every Summer. It's been a tradition of ours for several years . . . and I couldn't think of a better way to kick-off the season.

We picked up several baskets of these beautiful, sweet berries from the Farmers Market . . . and couldn't wait to make the Strawberry syrup for this amazing lemonade.

The strawberry syrup is what makes this humble drink extra special!

It's so simple to make, and can be added to traditional lemonade, orange juice, 7Up/Sprite, sparkling water, or even drizzled over ice cream, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, and angel food cake.

We love adding it to our fresh lemonade most!

Strawberry is their favorite flavored-lemonade . . . so they're always so excited to help squeeze lemons and stir the macerated strawberries, in hopes of making more syrup.

We have so much fun making lemonade . . . and creating new flavors to enjoy throughout the warm Summer months.

It's simple traditions like these that bring fun and happiness to our Summers 'at home.'

strawberry lemonade
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zest of 1 lemon, in wide strips
2 cups sugar
2 cups chopped hulled strawberries
2 cups fresh lemon juice, strained (from about 10 large lemons)
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Lemon syrup
Bring the lemon zest, 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring, until the sugar dissolves; let cool to room temperature.

Strawberry syrup
Toss the strawberries and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl, stir, and let sit at room temperature until the sugar dissolves, about 45 minutes. Strain the strawberry mixture; reserve the strawberry syrup and berries separately.

Strawberry lemonade 
Combine the lemon juice, lemon syrup, and 4-6 cups cold water in a pitcher. For each drink, put about 1 Tablespoon (or more) of the strawberry syrup in a tall glass. Fill with ice, then top with the lemonade and some of the reserved strawberries; OR slowly pour strawberry syrup into a pitcher of lemonade until your reach desired strawberry flavor.

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  1. OOOHHHH that looks lovely and refreshing !
    I will have to make a batch today .
    Thanks for the idea .

  2. My Goodness ,your strawberries are beautiful. They just popped right off the screen. Yum!! I bet the kidlets had a great time making the luscious drink. The photos are absolutely gorgeous. By the way, if you get tired of your sunny weather, would you send us some???? I think we get one half-way decent day after six solid days of rain. Have a wonderful week and a fantastic Independence day! Big Hugs!

  3. I see you have made a few changes, I love the new photo of you with the hydrangeas. I hope you will share this wonderful and surely delish summer drink at the Thursday hop. Hugs

  4. Best summer activity EVER! My parents always get the most delicious strawberries in so. California from a local field-I look forward to them every time we visit. This syrup sounds so versatile and fresh. My husband loves strawberry lemonade-I'll have to introduce him to a homemade version! Hope you are having a great summer week!

  5. This sounds so good! I have just enough strawberries to make this... I need to go get some lemons tomorrow! Stopping by from FoodieFriDIY

  6. I have everything to make this. Can't wait!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. Looks delicious! And I bet those berries make it smell wonderful.

  8. I have been thinking about making this ever since it got hot recently. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  9. Oh yum. Fresh lemonade with a hint of strawberry....what else could you want for summer :-)

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  10. Looks so good. Can't wait to try your recipe. Stopping by from Worthwhile Wednesday link up. Pinning!

  11. yum! this looks delicious! definitely trying this recipe this weekend - pinned it! ♥

  12. Brilliant - recipe and photography! This will be part of dinner tonight! Thanks for sharing!
    Found you through Between Naps on the Porch
    Shelly @ 100Things2Do.ca

  13. There is nothing like fresh strawberry lemonade in the summer! Thanks for sharing your recipe at Talented Tuesday last week!


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