Nothing hails the arrival of summer memories and comfort like homemade lemonade, and this simple, refreshing recipe adds an extra pop of sweet strawberries as a natural way to enhance the flavor.
What does lemonade bring to your mind? The Smell of fresh-cut grass; Dixie cups and dimes? Wrap-around porches? The sound of pool water splashing? It brings me back to my great-grandmother’s backyard lemon tree in orange county, where my sister dared me to eat a whole lemon.
Every June, my little skittles and I make lemonade to welcome the summer season, and this is our favorite lemonade recipe that we have created! In addition to being a great family bonding activity, this recipe is easy for kids and does not require many ingredients.
- 1 2/3 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 9 lemons)
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 1 cup boiling water
- 5 cups cold water
- 5 large, fresh, sliced strawberries
- 2 cups ice
- Step 1: Prepare the Lemon Juice. Halve and squeeze about nine lemons (two cups). Remove (with strainer) seeds and pulp, if desired.
- Step 2: Prepare the Syrup. Heat one cup of water and the sugar in a medium saucepan. After the sugar has dissolve completely, bring the mixture to a simmer for five minutes. It will thicken slightly into a viscous syrup. Then, remove it from the heat.
- Step 3: Combine. Mix the lemon juice with the syrup. Transfer the liquid into a pitcher, and slowly add the cold water, tasting it with each additional cup.
Hint: Taste the lemonade as you add water to make sure the lemonade suites your flavor preferences.
- Step 4: Add additional flavors. Slice fresh strawberries and add those to the lemonade. Let them set in the lemonade in the fridge for three hours. This should transform the lemonade into a beautiful shade of peachy pink!
Hint: If you let the strawberries set overnight, the lemonade will continue to infuse color and flavor!