What is the saying? When life hands you lemons, make lemonade! Well, be sure to pick up some strawberries, too! This recipe is very refreshing, and I actually drank 3 glasses of it today just because I couldnt resist the fresh, fruity flavors of both the strawberries and lemons. Ahhhhh…I love summer, and this Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade.
The recipe is a fairly easy since the main ingredients are lemons, strawberries and sparkling water. The rest of the ingredients are things you should already have in your kitchen cupboard.
I use the measured ingredients as specified from the blog recipe, but I would do the steps a little differently. For example, the next time I make this lemonade I will mix the sugar and hot water before anything else. While the sugar water is cooling, I can continue with the other steps.
For the Strawberry Syrup:
1 cup heaping strawberries, chopped
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbsp. cold water
Pinch of salt
For the lemonade:
1 cup very hot water
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (8-10 lemons)
4 1/2 cups cold sparkling water or seltzer
Combine the hot water and 2/3 cup of sugar in a pitcher. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
To make the strawberry syrup, combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, water and salt in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds, pressing down to extract as much liquid as possible.
Grab the pitcher of sugar water. To make the lemonade, pour the freshly squeezed lemon juice into the sugar water. Mix well. Next, stir in the strawberry syrup. Lastly, pour in the sparkling water and stir to mix well.
To serve, rub a wedge of lemon or one of the spent lemon halves around the rim of a glass and then dip in sugar. Fill glass with ice if desired (I recommend) and then pour in lemonade. Garnish wtih sliced lemon or strawberries. Serve immediately.
Source: Pink Parsley Catering
Note: I think this recipe would be good with Ale-8 ( ginger ale or lemon-lime) as a substitute for the sparkling water.