You know the old saying “your eyes are bigger than your stomach?” Well, my eyes are totally bigger than my stomach. Even more so, when I go grocery shopping, I always buy more than I need. I know. It’s absolutely horrible. I just have this fear of running out of something. The mere thought of having to go back to the grocery store is enough to make me have a panic attack. Thus is the case that I ALWAYS buy more than I need. This normally doesn’t go over well with Zach, but I think he has just learned to deal with it. This recipe is a result of that vice. I had wayyyyy too many strawberries that were on the verge of going bad, and the only way I thought to use them up quickly was to make strawberry lemonade. Lemonade is one of my favorite things on the planet, and even though Zach doesn’t like lemon-flavored things, he DOES love lemonade (but I think this is because it’s super sweet — tart lemonades don’t go over well with him). I mean who doesn’t love lemonade?! That’s just craziness. This recipe is perfect for a picnic, and with Memorial Day right around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to post this recipe!
If there could be one thing annoying about making lemonade, it’s the squeezing the lemons part. You need a lot of lemon juice, and the pre-squeezed stuff you buy at the store just isn’t going to cut it. You have got to actually squeeze it yourself. I know this is annoying, but it is totally worth the 5 minutes it’s going to take you (10 minutes if you are as weak as I am — hey I’m a runner, and seriously lack in upper body strength). I also find that it is a great way to release some fury!
This recipe in particular is very sweet because I like my lemonade very sweet. I know many of you are trying to cut down on your sugar intake. You may subtract some of the simple syrup if you’d like, and if you wish to have a more tart lemonade, then just sub in that simple syrup for some lemon juice. This recipe is 100% to taste, so it may take you a time or two of making it to get it just right, but when you do get it right, you will never by store-bought lemonade again!
I hope everyone is having a great start to their weekends. I mentioned on Facebook yesterday that I was sorry for being absent these past couple of days. I know. I’m better than this. My sister, Kara, is coming in to town, and I have been preparing for her arrival. The greatest thing about Kara coming to visit is that she will eat just about everything. With just Zach and I (and Cilantro) here, we can never finish all of the recipes I blog about. Kara on the other hand is the perfect taste tester, so you can see why I’m so excited! It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend here in CO, with temperatures in the mid-80s and sunshine galore. I can’t wait.
Dulce de leche brownies and pomegranate salsa are coming your way soon, so stay tuned!
Lemonade is so simple to make, why not make it from scratch yourself! Strawberry lemonade is sure to be a hit in the upcoming warm Summer months!
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 cups water
- 2 pints strawberries, hulled and chopped
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup club soda
- 1 cup cold water
- First, prepare your simple syrup. In a large saucepan, combine the 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar and 3 cups water over medium-high heat. Stir over medium-high heat, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- In the pitcher of your blender, combine the strawberries, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup cold water. Pulse until completely smooth. Set aside.
- In a gallon-sized pitcher, add about 3 cups of ice. Then add the lemon juice, club soda, cold water, strawberry puree and simple syrup. Stir to fully combine.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge for a couple of days.
- This recipe makes approximately 1 gallon of strawberry lemonade.
- Garnish with strawberries and lemon slices if desired.
- This recipe is very sweet. For a more tart lemonade, eliminate the simple syrup by 1/2 a cup and replace with 1/2 a cup more of lemon juice.
Hardware: * Measuring Cups * Measuring Spoons * Wooden Spoons * Large Saucepan * Blender * Sharp Knife * Cutting Board * Gallon-Sized Pitcher *