Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

I noticed recently that I don’t have any recipes for drinks on this blog so what better way to start a new category then with homemade sparkling strawberry lemonade. To be honest, I had never attempted homemade lemonade before. Growing up, I was always a fan of the powdered stuff, but have since found it way too sweet for me. Making it at home allows you to adjust it to your tastes. For this recipe, I used fresh strawberries, lemons, a quick simple syrup and some sparkling water. A little sweet, a little tart and very refreshing.

You may notice seeds in my picture, and that is because I chose not to strain the strawberries after I pureed them. I like the little pieces of fresh fruit. If it’s not for you feel free to strain yours. But don’t do like a friend of mine did and strain it over the sink, make sure you have a bowl under it to catch the juice. ;-)

The Recipe

  • Serves 4
  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:

Ingredients:

  • 6 lemons
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1 (16 ounce) container strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 quart sparkling water
  • ice cubes
  • mint for garnish

For the Simple Syrup

  • 1 part sugar
  • 1 part water

Instructions:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Cool completely.
  4. Roll the lemons back and forth a couple of times on the counter to release the juices. Cut the lemons in half juice into a bowl. Remove any seeds that may have fallen into the juice. You should get about 1 cup of lemon juice.
  5. Using an immersion blender or regular blender, blend the strawberries with the 1/2 cup of the simple syrup, until smooth.
  6. Pour lemon juice, strawberry puree, 1/2 cup simple syrup and sparkling water into a pitcher. Add more simple syrup if you want a little more sweetness. Add ice cubes. Chill until ready to drink.
  7. Place more ice cubes in a glass, pour in chilled lemonade, garnish with mint sprig. Enjoy!

Enjoy!

  • Kimberrley

    This drink looks delicious! I wish I had seen it sooner, we’ve been getting a lot of hot weather here, and it would have been a refreshing little drink to have around. :)

  • Renee

    perfect! good idea!

  • http://latestaddictions.blogspot.com/ finsmom

    What a perfect summer recipe! I love the pink color!

  • http://myblog.imagine24.net GrilledShane

    Yum! This looks awesome. I am not one to make drinks, but I really like fresh, pure lemonade so I am sure I will like this. I will have to try it!

  • http://peachkitchen.blogspot.com peachkins

    This looks very refreshing.Perfect for summer!

  • http://orangeblossomwater.wordpress.com/ Dimah

    Wow, beautiful! Looks so refreshing!

  • http://mindysmouthful.blogspot.com Mindy

    What a great summery drink!

  • http://sunshinemom.blogspot.com/ Suzanne

    How refreshing!! I can’t wait to try it this weekend!!!

  • http://watkinslynn.typepad.com/pages_pucks_and_pantry/ Mrs. L

    There are so many strawberries for sale at the farmers market, I keep thinking I need to buy a bunch and do something with them. This sounds like a great way to use some up.

  • http://foodiewithlittlethyme.blogspot.com cassie

    Yum, my daughter would love this pink drink.

  • http://greasyskillet.blogspot.com muddywaters

    You rock! I just purchased a flat of strawberries, and I look forward to trying this drink. My family will love it.

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  • http://traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com Tracey

    What a lovely picture! Thanks for the idea – I’ve got both lemons and strawberries in the fridge and I’m going to make this today :)

  • http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/ Michelle

    Oh my gosh. This recipe is wonderful!!!! I made it yesterday and we’re ready for another pitcher today. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.
    I shared the recipe on my blog too, with a link back to you.
    Thanks again – it’s awesome. I especially love the fizz. Great touch!

  • http://www.activelifecooking.com Stef

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    This lemonade looks like it would really hit the spot today…nearly 100F with heat index in Houston…maybe I’ll give it a go tomorrow ;-)

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  • http://oneshotbeyond.wordpress.com/ oneshotbeyond

    This is one of my daughter’s favorite drinks to order out. I made her a homemade version once, but it was not as polished as your recipe!

  • Jackie

    Hi Des

    Do you think I could make this with frozen strawberries.

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    Hi Jackie, I’ve never made this with frozen strawberries so I can’t recommend it. I think that fresh would be the best option.

  • Candace

    Hi Des
    Can you make this drink with regular water instead sparkling water?

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    Hi Candace, sure you can. I only picked sparkling water because I wanted something a little bubbly. Regular water would work just fine.

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  • azka

    datx quite refreshing, n tasteful too. am gona try this.

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  • http://www.inuyashatoysrule.deviantart.com Kristen

    Hey Des, thanks for the amazing recipe!
    Just a little curious, for the syrup it only says “Part water” and “Part sugar” no actual measurements. What amounts of each do you normally use?

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    Hey Kristen- I would use 2 cups each then you can keep the leftovers in a jar in the fridge. Hope this helps! :)

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  • Lori

    If I am making this for a shower for about 50 people do you know how many times I would need to multiply this recipe? Looks great!

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    Hi Lori- I would multiply the recipe by 10 or 12. You could get about 4 glasses out of each batch. hope this helps!

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My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »

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