Making use of the five-pound bag of lemons I bought at Costco (why do I do this to myself?) I decided to make lemonade. Those bright yellow puckers looked so lonely, so I added strawberries to the jug. The lemon is front and center, but I love the pink hue the strawberries added. Bonus is the pieces of fruit in the bottom of your glass! This can be easily scaled up to serve a larger crowd for a back yard gathering or picnic.
Refreshing Strawberry Lemonade
- 1 cup organic coconut sugar (more to taste)
- 5 cups water, divided
- 2 large organic lemons
- 6 large organic strawberries
In a small pot, combine the sugar and 1 cup of water, bring this to a simmer to dissolve the sugar. Slice the lemons in half and take a slice off each half, place these perfectly round slices in your lemonade vessel of choice. Juice the remaining lemon, catching the seeds or strain afterwards. Add the lemon juice to the vessel. Add the sugar-water and stir to combine.
Chop the strawberries and cook them down until their juices are released, use the same little pot to save washing two!
Add the strawberries to the vessel. Add the remaining 4 cups of water and stir well. Cover and chill until ready to serve over ice.
Another idea is to make a more concentrated version by only adding 1 more cup of water then adding it to fizzy water to make a sparkling strawberry lemonade!
Cocktail time by adding vodka or gin to the sparkling version. Although you may want to reduce the berries further and strain the seeds if you are making hard strawberry lemonade. Seeds floating in your cocktail is not classy.
Have fun with it. Enjoy and be refreshed.