Sparkling strawberry lemonade
Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
My sweet girl and her daddy went to the pick-your-own farm we like and they came home with a giant bowl of sweet strawberries. Most of them will be eaten with no trimmings or fussiness, but I confiscated a few to make this sparkling strawberry lemonade.
It is so pretty and tastes wonderful! We love it and I’ll definitely make it a lot this summer. (And let me just say that my glass straws are the perfect way to enjoy such a nice refreshing summer drink. I am totally smitten with them. If you haven’t heard of glass straws yet, go here to see what I mean.)
Recipe: Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
(many thanks to Life’s Ambrosia)
4-6 lemons, enough to equal 1 cup of lemon juice
1-1 1/2 c. simple syrup (recipe follows)
16 oz. container of strawberries, cleaned and hulled
1 quart sparkling water
mint to garnish (I just used small strawberries for garnish.)
Juice the lemons to get 1 cup of lemon juice. Blend the strawberries and 1/2 c. of the simple syrup in a blender or with an immersion blender, until smooth. Strain to remove the seeds. Pour lemon juice, strawberry puree, 1/2 c. simple syrup, and sparkling water into a pitcher. Add more simple syrup if needed to achieve the sweetness you like. Add ice and chill.
Recipe: Simple Syrup
(I only used 1 c. of simple syrup for my pitcher of lemonade. If you want it more sweet than tart, use 3/4 c. sugar to 3/4 c. water and add it all.)
1 part sugar to 1 part water
Combine sugar and warm water. Stir to dissolve sugar. (This can also be done on the stovetop, but I found this was faster and easier.)