Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

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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. ;-)

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  • 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!

A little bit about me...

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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