We spent the 4th of July with some great friends and, in addition to the food we brought, I wanted to bring a drink that everyone could enjoy.
Even though I whipped this up as a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, I knew from the start that I’d have this with sparkling water and vodka. It’s a wonderfully light drink and I like it because I can control the sugar, unlike store-bought juices.
Click on “Read More” to see how this sweet and tart treat comes together.
I’m not sure when summer arrived. One day it was 60 degrees and raining and the next – and most days since – have been 80 degrees and sunny. Sometime in the dog days of summer, we’ll usually get about a week of rain thrown in by Mother Nature, but as far as the weather forecasters can see, it’s sunny days ahead.
We aren’t big juice drinkers in this house. If we have juice, it’s something I prepare using fresh veggies and the juicer, a mixture of carrot, cucumber and apple being the kiddo’s favorite. That juice, however, doesn’t really scream “SUMMER!” though, does it?
Organic strawberries, blueberries and lemons were on sale and near each other at the grocery store. I immediately put the idea together to bring a lemonade to the Independence Day festivities, but couldn’t decide on strawberry lemonade or blueberry – I’m a sucker for both.
- 1 pound strawberries
- 3/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice (usually 5-7 lemons)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar (can use less)
- 1/2 cup filtered water (for simple syrup)
- sparkling water for serving (optional)
Wash and juice the lemons. You need about 3/4 cup of freshly-squeezed lemon juice. We use organic lemons and they seem to be a bit smaller than their non-organic counterparts, so it tends to take a few more of these.
Once juiced, put the lemon juice through cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve. Set aside.
Next, I made the simple syrup in order to have time for it to cool. Add the 1/2 cup of water and the granulated sugar to a small sauce pan and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once dissolved (about 3 minutes), remove it from the heat and set it aside to cool.
Wash and hull the strawberries. Run them through a food processor (or blender) until smooth. Once all of the chunks are gone, strain the juice through cheesecloth or a sieve.
I added the lemon juice, strawberry juice and simple syrup to a mason jar, stirred it to combine, and popped it in the fridge until we left for the party. For presenting to my friends (and fabulous hostesses), Kris and Angela, I traced a bowl to cut a fabric circle and tied it up with twine.
You could add a cute printable tag and present it in a small Dollar Store basket with a bottle of Perrier. I was busy trying to finish up some bibs for my neighbor who feels 200 months pregnant, so I didn’t get to do this even though I had some fun ideas. I guess I’ll just have to mix up another lemonade flavor and jazz that one up!
This concentrate yielded about 8 drinks, when mixed with Perrier and a shot (or three) of vodka. If you like your drinks sweeter, you can add more concentrate, or just mix it with filtered water for the kiddos and non-drinkers.
In case you don’t drink it all, store it in the refrigerator for a few days until gone.
What are your favorite summer drinks? Do you have a yummy blueberry lemonade recipe you can share? I’m still craving that combination and hope to be making some soon.
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