If you have an excess of sweet (or not so sweet) strawberries on hand, make a big jug of strawberry lemonade this summer and enjoy it under a shady umbrella in your favourite outdoor spot.
Strawberry Lemonade – makes 5-6 cups of lemonade
1/2 cup water, boiling
1/4 cup sugar, plus more sugar if needed
In a saucepan on the stove, or in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave, bring water to the boil and stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Let cool slightly.
400-425 gm (~2 1/4 cup) chopped strawberries
1/2 cup cold water
2 tbsp (1/8 cup) sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 cups cold water
5-6 fresh strawberries, for garnish
In a stand/bar blender, puree the chopped strawberries, water and sugar.
In a large jug, add 1 1/2 cups water, sugar syrup, strawberry puree and lemon juice. Stir well, taste, adding more sugar if needed (another 2 tbsp at a rough estimate) and refrigerate.
Serve over a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with small to medium strawberries with a small slit in the base.
NOTE: The strawberry lemonade will look somewhat pink when first made due to all the air incorporated into the strawberry syrup during pureeing. As the bubbles burst and the foam dissipates, the lemonade will darken in colour.
Hard lemonade: Add 1 oz of vodka to each glass of lemonade.