Last week I found myself in need of a fun and flirty drink that could quench the needs of about 50 people. I don’t drink alcohol, so it had to be rid of any ingredient related. I’m not a huge “drink” drinker, I get kinda boring when it comes to the topic actually. I love water! I know that makes me lucky to not have the temptation! But anyways, my lack of adventure left me clueless as to what to make. It was suggested to me to make some strawberry lemonade. That sounded perfect!
Strawberries were on sale and there never seems to be a shortage of lemons around here. Between our tree and trees that our family members have, we are super blessed to have a surplus of this tangy citrus on hand. And you need a lot of lemons for this drink!
Using fresh lemons I think makes a big difference in this recipe. It admittedly is a bit of work juicing 2 cups (or 4 cups in my case if you are doubling the recipe) of lemon juice but it is most definitely worth it! I really need to invest in one of these handy citrus juicers. I am always wishing I had one in my kitchen!
If you are in need of a little spring celebration to bring warmer weather your way then you need to make this drink today! When I was cutting and juicing up the lemons, our entire house smelt so fresh and springy! I kept walking around the entire day saying, “Our house smells so good! Man! Our house smells SO good!!”
Thirsty yet? Here is how you make it:
Start by juicing your lemons. The number of lemons you need depends on how juicy they are. Tip: try gently pressing down on the lemon (before slicing) and rolling it around to try and loosen up the juices before slicing and juicing. I have also heard that putting the lemon in the microwave for about 8 seconds before juicing can help get some of the goodness to come out easier.
Once you have your lemons juiced, you are about 90% done with the prep-work. It’s all easy peasy down hill form there.
After rinsing off your strawberries, cut off the stems and blend them until they are super pureed. No lumps!
Now combine your lemon juice, strawberry puree, and sugar in your pitcher. If you don’t like pulp you can always strain your lemon juice and strawberry puree before combining. Mix well until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then slowly mix in your water. Done!
Now pour yourself a nice glass with ice and you are set to welcome in spring!
How can you not be thirsty just looking at all this goodness? For the past week, my husband keeps asking me to make more. I am trying to resist the urge! I try to keep things like this special for special occasions. We will see how long I can hold out…
- 2 cups lemon juice (fresh is best, but store bought is tasty too)
- 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups fresh strawberries
- 14 cups water
- After rinsing your strawberries, cut off the stems and puree.
- Strain for seeds if desired.
- Combine strawberry puree, lemon juice, and sugar. Mix until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Slowly stir in water.
- Place in fridge to chill.
- Serve over ice and enjoy!