Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

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.  

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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.

I feel just a tad bad about asking my one year old to lick the lemon a few times for this picture…

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
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Method:

  • 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!

  • Step 5: Finish. Finally, pour over ice (or add two cups of ice to the pitcher). Enjoy and make summer memories!

Thanks for reading!

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