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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Strawberry Lemonade


Almost that time of year down here in the south when we need all the refreshing drinks and heat-slayers we can get our hands on. Hope you get a chance to enjoy this delicious drink while you're outside relaxing around the pool, puttering in the garden, reading in your hammock, or otherwise doing something nice outdoors.

LemonBerryAde

1 1/2 c sugar (or sweetener to taste)
1 c coarsely chopped stemmed and washed strawberries
2 c water
Zest of 2 lemons and 2 c fresh squeezed juice
2 1/2 c cold water
Lemon slices or slit berries and/or mint sprigs for garnish

Mix sugar and strawberries with 2 c water in a med saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat to low and simmer until berries soften slightly, about 3 minutes, Stir in the lemon zest and let cool completely. (Berries will continue to soften and lose their color as the syrup cools off.)

Strain syrup through a fine sieve set over a pitcher or bowl, pressing hard on berries to extract as much syrup as possible. Discard the solids. Add the fresh lemon juice and 2 1/2 c cold water to the syrup mixture and stir well to blend. Garnish and serve. (Can be refrigerated for 2 days.)

*Can be blended and served in a sugar-rimmed margarita glass.

*You can add a shot of Vodka for an "adult beverage."


26 comments:

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Sounds good Angie! I am probably the only southern born woman alive who does Not drink iced tea so this is a great alternative!

Barb said...

I've never made lemonade before but you have inspired me. Now we just need some sunshine at the weekend!

Janna Qualman said...

Mmm! That would be a favorite here at my house.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Carol, I don't drink a lot of tea either, but I guess I make up for it with the coffee. :)

Hoping you get your sunshine, Barb.

Janna, would be great done up in a blender and served frozen, hunh? A big yummy Slurpy.

Debbie said...

I have got to figure out a time to go pick strawberries before they are all gone!

Karen said...

I like the recommendation of vodka for an adult beverage....that would make it all worthwhile.

Melissa Marsh said...

Mmmmmm. That sounds divine!

Terri Tiffany said...

It sounds wonderful! Love the little button at the end:)

jinksy said...

Think I'd be tempted to eat the fruit as is, and drink iced water plain - anything for speed!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Debbie, I hope you MAKE the time to go pickin'!

LOL, Karen. I'm gonna try it soon.

Melissa, wouldn't a dollop of whipped cream on top make it even betterer? :)

Thanks, Terri girl!

Now, jinksy, you must slow thyself down a bit if making this recipe isn't possible at your current pace. *grin*

~jill said...

we're already in triple digits....we need this today! i'll have to pick up some strawberries and lemons at the store this morning.

B.J. Anderson said...

Oh, wow. Thanks for this.

The Things We Carried said...

This sounds DELICIOUS. I will make it for sure. I love the button at the bottom of this post. Too hilarious!

BTW Thanks for your email about sending you something i had written, in response to my comment. My problem was, I was too busy when I saw the post you had written to enter. I do look forward to seeing who you highlight!

Jenna said...

Carol -- Nope, I'm with you on the iced tea thing.

Anyway. Thanks so much for sharing, Angie! It's been nuts with the heat up here in Mississippi (although we had a cold wave yesterday, which was odd) and we've all been going crazy. So thanks again! I'll be sure to try it out.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Relaxing in my hammock is one of my favorite things to do - I was just telling a fellow blogger this earlier. This looks like the perfect drink to enJOY! Thanks!

Marguerite said...

Sounds delicious. Perfect for the dog days of summer,down here. Thanks!

KLo said...

Sounds delicious : ) I can't wait to try it (especially the adult version :-))

DebraLSchubert said...

Mmmmm - tastes like summer!

Lori Tiron-Pandit said...

Oh, no, this sounds soo good. I'm making it tomorrow.

Jessica said...

Sheesh. Wanna e-mail all these recipes so I can put them in the file and pretend I can cook? LOL
Sounds like a yummy drink. :-) You know there are flavored vodkas too. Or maybe it's rum? Hmmmm....

ChristaCarol said...

Mmm, this looks delicious! I found a recipe for pink lemonade that mixed homemade lemonade with cranberry juice. Never thought of strawberries, will definitely give it a go with the help of big girl, thanks!

ChristaCarol said...

PS, totally dig the picture lol.

Sandra Leigh said...

Oh, yum. That sounds wonderful. Thanks for a great idea, Angie. We're still putting rain jackets on to go outside here, but come summer...

Kathryn Magendie said...

I scrolled down and realized all that I've missed - I didn't know i hadn't been by in days....*sigh* miss visiting my bloggerville friends.....

Angie Ledbetter said...

Jill, hope you enjoy the drink. We're back to cool mornings for a while here, but won't last long.

You're welcome, BJ.

TTWC, I hope you'll enter the next one. I'll be having another contest as soon as life slows down for me.

Jenna, you're welcome. We had a cool snap the last couple of days too. Very unusual for LA.

Lucky you with the hammock, Cheffie!

Marguerite, same for here. :)

LOL, KLo. Hope it's yummers.

Amen, Schube & Lori.

Jessica, hit my sidebar post tabs under Recipes. I think I've put 'em all there. :)

Cranberry sounds good too, Christa!

Sandra, we get the daily afternoon sprinkles/showers here in summer, but it evaporates quick. :)

Kim Hruba said...

Hi All!

I loved the pic of the strawberry and lemon characters! I can't remember the name of the author or artist, but there are kid books out there featuring an array of these cute litte fruit (and veggie) friends. Angie, do you happen to know? I'm going to the library today for storytime, so perhaps I can find out.

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