The Best Strawberry Lemonade Starts With…
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.
Ingredients for Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate
Organic strawberries, blueberries, and lemons go on sale quite a bit, so next time you see them, stock up. 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, make the simple syrup in order to have time for it to cool. Add the 1/2 cup of water and the granulated sugar in a small saucepan 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.
The Life of the Party: Gift This Amazing Summer Refresher
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), 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.
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.
Over to You
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.